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Alex Cross's TRIAL
« on: August 18, 2012, 11:02:36 pm »
Just finished this fabulous book on CD:

James Patterson and Richard Dilallo
Alex Cross's
TRIAL

Read by Dylan Baker
Featuring Shawn Andrewy

The time is 1906, the President Theodore Roosevelt, the place Eudora, Mississippi, the subject the Klu Klux Klan, the investigator Ben Corbett, and the defenders Abraham Cross and his granddaughter Moody.

My family and a friend listened to it while driving on vacation and we were all rivited.
The spirit of emptiness is immortal.
It is called the Great Mother
because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth.
It is like a vapor,
barely seen but always present.
Use it effortlessly.

Tao Te Ching, Ch. 6

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Re: Alex Cross's TRIAL
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2012, 07:04:57 am »
The funny thing was that it was one of several books on CD that we had checked out from the public library. We didn't look at the cover all that closely, just noticed that it had something to do with the KKK around the turn of the last century. None of us were familiar with author James Patterson or the fictional character Alex Cross. This story involves Alex's great uncle, Abraham Cross.

But since we had not paid that close attention to the cover, and the story is portrayed as from the actual family notes and oral history transmitted to Alex Cross, plus the notes of attorney/investigator Ben Corbitt, we all (including our friend, who is black) thought that the story was based on some actual event. 

Patterson says that the story is based on events of the sort described in the book, as described in newspaper articles, etc., but that it is not a work of historical fiction describing something that actually happened.   

Knowing that it is fiction, I do have some questions regarding some of the events portrayed, particularly one legal aspect that I won't get into (a spoiler) but, be that as it may, it was a good book, particularly to listen to.  Disturbing in parts, as you can imagine, though.
The spirit of emptiness is immortal.
It is called the Great Mother
because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth.
It is like a vapor,
barely seen but always present.
Use it effortlessly.

Tao Te Ching, Ch. 6