Friday, August 14, 2009

ALEX CROSS's TRIAL: MY REVIEW and GIVEAWAY

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ALEX CROSS'S TRIAL

BY
JAMES PATTERSON
AND RICHARD DILALLO


ABOUT THE BOOK

Separated by time

From his grandmother, Alex Cross has heard the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggles for survival in the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Now, Alex passes the family tale along to his own children in a novel he's written--a novel called Trial.

Connected by blood
As a lawyer in turn-of-the-century Washington D.C., Ben Corbett represents the toughest cases. Fighting against oppression and racism, he risks his family and his life in the process. When President Roosevelt asks Ben to return to his home town to investigate rumors of the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan there, he cannot refuse.

United by bravery
When he arrives in Eudora, Mississippi, Ben meets the wise Abraham Cross and his beautiful daughter, Moody. Ben enlists their help, and the two Crosses introduce him to the hidden side of the idyllic Southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace and residents of the town's black quarter live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror--but the truth of who is really behind it could break his heart. Written in the fearless voice of Detective Alex Cross, Alex Cross's Trial is a gripping story of murder, love, and, above all, bravery.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS


James Patterson is one of the bestselling writers of all time, with more than 160 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, featuring Alex Cross and the Women's Murder Club. He has won an Edgar Award--the mystery world's highest honor--and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his new Web site, ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children's books for their kids. He lives in Florida.

Richard DiLallo
is a former advertising creative director. He has had numerous articles published in major magazines. He lives in Manhattan with his wife.
MY REVIEW

For those of you who wonder how James Patterson writes so many novels, this book may help with that question. ALEX CROSS'S TRIAL's "author" is Alex Cross himself as he tells the reader in the beginning of the book how he came to write this one. While writing his latest book in the Cross series, CROSS COUNTRY, he found himself recalling how Nana Mama often told about his favorite part of their family history. So Alex decided it was about time that he told that story to his readers and for himself.

ALEX CROSS'S TRIAL is different from all the other Alex Cross books in that it takes place in the early 1900's during a time in our country when we were facing the end of slavery but still facing prejudice and hatred and racial discrimination.

The story takes place in Washington,D. C. and the main character is a young lawyer named Ben Corbett. He is married father of twin daughters who he loves dearly, and a lovely wife who is not happy in their marriage. Ben stands up for the poor man and often takes on pro bono cases and his wife thinks he has a lack of ambition. She pictured them as being wealthy and prominent in their community and wants to leave him because of him chasing these noble causes and not the high priced influential cases. Ben seems to have let down not only his wife, but his father as well. They think he is wasting his talents on these poor and thankless cases.

One day, however, Ben Corbett is summoned to the White House as President Theodore Roosevelt himself has chosen Ben to help look into the rumors that are flying about the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan back in Eudora, Mississippi, where Ben is from. Lynchings and the Klan, once outlawed, seem to be back in this small town and the President wants it looked into and stopped before things get worse. Ben is given the name of a man to help him there when he accepts the assignment. The man is Abraham Cross, the great-uncle of Alex Cross, who also brings into the story Abraham's granddaughter, Moody.

As Ben looks into what is going on back in this normally quiet little Southern town, people let him know that it is not the popular thing to be doing. But Ben truly believes in what he is doing and as he tries to fight for rights and justice, he endangers himself and may lose not only old friends, but his family and even his own safety is jeopardized.

Ben takes on the most important trial of his life as he fights for what is right while his enemies want things kept the same and don't want to see change. Fresh with images that Abraham has shown him of a hanging body, Ben forges ahead despite his father's warnings and sends a report to the White House on what he has found out. As Ben waits to hear from the President on how to proceed, more and more he is targeted even by those he called friend in his hometown years ago. All these things culminate with Ben fighting the good fight in the hardest case he has ever handled.

How Ben manages this case and its results will explain so much about Alex Cross that it could be the way James Patterson along with co-author Richard DiLallo finally end the Cross series... all tied up in a nice little bow. But can that be true? I know I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it is still written in typical fast-paced, short chapter form that keep you from putting the book down even though it is not technically an Alex Cross novel. I think it is one of the best Cross books to come out in several years. Can I see it as the end of the series? Well, it could as it fits but I know it can't be true as fans would be up in arms themselves. You read the book and judge for yourself but I say that the author, Cross or Patterson or DiLallo, all did a wonderful job.


THE GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO MIRIAM AND THE
HACHETTE BOOK GROUP, I
AM ONCE AGAIN ABLE TO REVIEW
AND GIVEAWAY MY FAVORITE
AUTHOR'S NEWEST BOOK DUE
OUT AUGUST 24!

I HAVE 5 COPIES TO GIVE AWAY!

HERE ARE THE RULES:

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IN
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BY 6 PM, EST, September 12


GOOD LUCK TO ALL!

118 comments:

chey said...

It takes place in the early 1900's.

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Pam said...

I think the big difference will be the narration of the novel. Whereas most of his Alex Cross books are being told by James, this one is being told by Alex himself.

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bermudaonion said...

I have the book, so don't enter me. Just wanted to say, boy, does it sound good!

Julie said...

I think the subject content of this novel will make it different for James...a but more thought provoking maybe?

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MJ said...

n Alex Cross book about someone else...sounds interesting.

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rhapsodyinbooks said...

The part about taking place in the 1900's sounds so interesting! Please enter me!

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wheresmyrain said...

the time setting and tone/type of narrative seem unique to this novel.
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Dixie said...

This novel takes place in a different time period for starters.

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Dixie said...

Please delete my post prior to this one-that's what I get for having too many windows open!

chey said...

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Dixie said...

I also entered to win To Seduce A Sinner and I think I have comment #31 but not sure as it is pending approval.

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Serena said...

Alex Cross books are my favorite patterson novels, and I would love to read this one. A book written by Alex cross...sounds like a best seller to me.

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Melissa said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book, I'm intrigued by the setting which is out of the ordinary for Patterson--early 1900's!

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Amy M said...

I love James Patterson! I would say the timeline, since it takes place in the early 1900's

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Wanda said...

It's different because it takes place in the early 1900's.
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Beth said...

It will certainly be different than his serial killer on the loose Swimsuit!

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wade said...

he is telling the story as alex:)

sounds great

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Lee P said...

This ones different because it is told from the prospective of Alex Cross. Should be interesting. Thanks for this nice giveaway and please count me in.

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Cindy said...

One thing that makes this one different is the time period as it is set in the early 1900's. Also, it proobably is worded quite differently as it is being written as Alex Cross would tell the story.

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Beverly said...

I do love the Alex Cross stories - do not read JP except if it is a Cross book.

This book is different has it takes place in the past.

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Linna said...

His stories always interest me. Please enter me. I'm a blog follower.

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Bingo said...

I wish all of your could win this one. If you are a Patterson/Cross fan, it is unique and I think really well done! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Alex decided to tell about his fam. history for the readers and himself..Thx for contest..
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scottsgal said...

I like that Patterson is actually bringing race into this story - something he doesn't dwell on too much in his Alex Cross series

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kenziesmum said...

The fact that the narrative is presented by Alex is what, I believe, will differentiate this novel from the others.

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trishalynn0708 said...

I just read this book yesterday, I have to say that I have mixed feelings on it. It was a quick read, as all James Patterson's books are for me. But it was a totally different spin on his books, not what he normally writes and not what I normally read by him. But I did like it. I will have my review up sometime soon. Great review!

Anonymous said...

I think this novel might be different because his novels are generally set in the present; this one is set in the early 1900s.

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Glenn said...

This one should be different because it's being told from a different perspective, since it's narrated by Alex. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Belinda M said...

It takes place in the early 1900`s

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kalea_kane said...

I don't know exactly but I know that Alex Cross's storys involve what is going on with Alex, his family, and of course the suspense that has brought us to the novel. This is a book where Alex is relaying a family story. He is narrating what has happened. This will be wonderful I am sure. Thank you for the giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

most of alex cross books are told by james this is told by alex cross himself..thx for contest..
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flowerchild said...

this one sounds different cause it is based in a different time..
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FOKXXY said...

I have not previously read James patterson so I can't tell you what might be different. But I am very intrigued by this novel and would love to read it. Thank you.

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cherdon said...

I think the difference is the fact that Alex is telling the story rather than James who usually does.

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Beth said...

This might be different because it told from Alex's point of view.
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CherylS22 said...

What's different is that the book takes place in the early 1900s & is James Patterson's character Alex Cross writing the book.
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Glenn said...

The time period and the historical and slavery aspects. Thanks for the giveaway.

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gaby317 said...

i haven't read any of james patterson's books but it sounds like this is set during an earlier period with the KKK. The books that I'm familiar with revolve around sudden danger and violence but less racial and historical conflicts.

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Jessica said...

I don't know what might be different. My mother is the huge Patterson fan so I'd love to win this for her. I've found she thinks the books he writes with others are not as good as the one's he writes on his own. I've heard this from others also. Wonder if this is the case here as well.
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I entered for your bookshelf giveaway. Great giveaway that one. I'm commentor number 213-214-215
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Dina said...

I can't tell what is different because I have not read the other ones. aitmama (at) gmail (dot) com

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Beth said...

Different because of the time period
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Anita Yancey said...

It was told to him by his grandmother. Great review on this book. I really enjoy reading Patterson's books. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Mash1195 said...

I am a new follower via Readaholic's blog. Big James Patterson fan, just finished reading Swimsuit. Will be stopping by daily to get your reviews to add to my TBR list

Debs Desk said...

I guess this one is different because it is about Alex's trial instead of someone elses..
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This novel is narrated by Alex Cross!

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Buukluvr81 said...

I believe it is different because the author (James Patterson) is actually writing the novel as "Alex Cross" and this is a first for him in that style.


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enyl said...

It sounds like the main character is writing a memior.

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i love that he is taking on the voice of Alex and the thought that alex is writing the book!! very cool!

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janetfaye said...

I have never read any books about Alex Cross so I cannot say what is different.

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I have never read a novel by JAMES PATTERSON, would love to read this
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Booklogged said...

The narration of the story is different and it takes place in the 1900s instead of the present day.

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This book is different because it is historically based. He usually writes mysteries or love stories.

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