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Alex Crossís Trial
Alex Cross #15

by James Patterson / Richard Dilallo
Read by Dylan Baker Featuring Sawn Andrew


Pattersonís latest Alex Cross mystery takes a unique spin. Pattersonís lead character, Alex Cross, is the "author" of this mystery; hence the title Alex Crossís Trial.

After chasing a vicious killer named The Tiger half way around the world, character Alex Cross decides to take a break and write a novel. Cross first explains that his family continues the tradition of oral history. His grandmother, known as Nana Mama, often shares her family history, which spans five decades as a teacher in Washington during the Civil Rights turmoil, as well as the many stories passed on before she was born.

Trial is about Nana Momaís uncle, Abraham Cross, a baseball player who lived in Eudora, Mississippi. Abraham was the grandfather to Cousin Moody, another unforgettable relative. Abraham Crossís story takes place in the early 1900s when Theodore Roosevelt was president. Alex believes this story explains why so many black people feel hurt, angry and lost, even today. A white attorney named Benjamin Corbett put Abrahamís history in writing. Ben Corbett kept first-person journals, and eventually gave those involving Uncle Abraham to Cousin Moody.

Benís father is an active judge in Eudora. His late mother was known as the Poetess of Dixie. Ben returns to Eudora at the request of President Theodore Roosevelt. Rumor has it the KKK is active, again, and the president wants him to investigate. In Eudora, Ben meets Abraham and Moody. Abraham is wise and respectful. Moody is haughty and confrontational—a dangerous combination in the South. The two lead Ben in the direction he needs to go —and so the ride begins...

Alex Crossís Trial takes place during the time of segregation and the KKK. Itís historical, courtroom drama at its best. Ben and a collection of unforgettable characters are wrapped in a volatile story of heroes, villains, historical detail, twists and turns, and stunning revelations. Itís truly powerful. The audio narration by Dylan Baker and Sawn Andrew is outstanding.

Reviews of other titles in this series

Along Came a Spider #1 [audio]
Kiss the Girls
#2  [audio]
Jack and Jill
#3  [audio]
Pop Goes the Weasel
#5  [book] [audio]
Violets are Blue
#7  [book]
Four Blind Mice
#8  [book] [audio]
Big Bad Wolf
#9  [book]
London Bridges
#10  [audio]
Mary Mary
#11  [audio]
# 12  [audio]
Double Cross
#13  [book] [audio]
Cross Country
# 14  [book]
Alex Cross Trial
#13  [book] [audio]
I, Alex Cross
#16  [book] [audio]
Cross Fire
#17  [audio]
Kill Alex Cross
#18  [audio]
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross
Alex Cross, Run
#20  [audio]
Cross My Heart
#21  [audio]
Hope to Die   #22
Cross Justice
#23 [audio]
Cross Kill #23.1 [audio] - short story

The Book

August 24, 2009
Audiobook / Unabridged / 8 CDs / 9 hrs
1600248535 / 978-1600248535
Mystery / Contemporary / Historical

The Reviewer

Brenda Weeaks
Reviewed 2009
© 2009