Compelling reading from Patterson

December 9, 2009
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Alex Cross’s Trial, by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo (Random House, RRP $38.99):

James Patterson has produced another page-turner with this latest book in the Alex Cross series.

However, don’t be put off if you haven’t read any of the earlier Cross books because, like all of Patterson’s books, it’s an easy read that works perfectly well as a stand-alone story.

The story is actually a story within a story, with the reader being taken on a trip back in time. African-American detective Alex Cross decides to write a book he has been thinking about for years. The book is based on the story, told to him by his grandmother, of Cross’ great uncle Abraham and the terrible events that took place in the south with the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan and reports of lynchings.

Young lawyer Ben Corbett is asked, by President Roosevelt no less, to return to his home town to investigate just what is going on.

What unfolds is a brutal but compelling story. You’ll be hooked from the first page.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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