Alex Cross's Trial

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Alex Cross's Trial
Author James Patterson and Richard DiLallo
Country United States of America
Language English
Series Alex Cross
Genre Crime, mystery, thriller
Publication date
August 24, 2009
Pages 380format = Hardcover 400pp
Preceded by Cross Country
Followed by I, Alex Cross

Alex Cross's Trial is the 14th novel in James Patterson's Alex Cross series. It follows Cross Country in the series, and comes before his novel I, Alex Cross. It is written by Patterson and Richard DiLallo, and its premise is that it is a book written by Alex Cross.


From his grandmother, Nana Mama, Alex Cross has been told the story of his great uncle Abraham and his struggle throughout the era of the Ku Klux Klan. Alex then recounts this tale to his children though his novel called Trial. A lawyer at the turn of the century, a man named Ben Corbett, represents the toughest cases. Many of his cases are opposing racism and oppression, and because of the cases he's fighting for, he risks the life of his wife and children. When President Roosevelt asks Ben personally to go to his hometown to investigate upon rumors of the Ku Klux Klan's resurgence, he cannot refuse. Upon entering Eudora, Mississippi, Corbett meets Abraham Cross and his enchanting granddaughter Moody. He enlists their help and the two Crosses introduce Corbett to the other side of the idyllic southern town. Lynchings have become commonplace in the town, and the black residents of the town live in constant fear. Ben aims to break the reign of terror, but finding out who is behind it all may break his heart.