What I’ve Been Reading: Alex Cross’s Trial

Most of the books I share with you are Christian fiction – that’s definitely my preferred reading genre, but I won Alex Cross’s Trial by James Patterson in a blog giveaway, and I have to admit I like his books.  However, I should probably start with a warning that they do contain some objectionable content, primarily profane language.

If you are a fan of James Patterson’s Alex Cross series you will know Alex as a detective who hunts serial killers. Please don’t pick up Alex Cross’s Trial thinking you will find another in this series. Alex Cross serves only to write the preface introducing his ancestor from the Civil War era – Abraham Cross. Abraham is an elderly man who the president has arranged to work with a progressive lawyer Ben Corbett in discovering the truths about lynching in the South.

Together Cross and Corbett discover dark truths and deep relationships as they navigate the grisly path of the Klan’s version of judgment. The characters are well-developed and engaging and I felt as if I had traveled some troubled roads with good friends by the end of this book.

However if you are looking for an Alex Cross book – this is not it. He is not a main character and the style of the book is not the same.

If you are looking for a historical novel that will challenge you and paint a clear picture of the troubled times around the turn of the century, this is the book for you.


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