This is the second to last James Patterson book review I'm gonna do for a while because I've started branching away to other books and authors and I also felt a bit bad that the only book reviews you ever get to read are from the same author, so I'm going to break it up soon with some different reviews, but for now, this book called Alex Cross' Trial published in 2009 is one of the most difficult Patterson's I've ever read but I feel it's so important and told so masterfully that I had to share it with you!
If you've read any of Patterson's Alex Cross Series then you'll know how much of a hero Cross is, but he comes to learn that the Cross family has many heroes dating all the way back to his Great Uncle Abraham who stood as a firm figure within the black community in The Deep South against the Ku Klux Klan. Alex Cross decides it's time to educate his children on Uncle Abraham and tell the story of "The Trial".
It begins with a white man named Ben Corbett, growing up in a tiny secluded town in The Deep South where Ben witnessed many a racially driven assault/murder, but when his mother had a stroke one hot afternoon in the town square and only a young, black shop assistant was willing to help, did Ben realise that prejudice against someone for the colour of their skin has no place in a just society. As Ben grew up and became a lawyer he took on the most challenging cases where it was always The People V The Black Man/Woman, and Ben looked to change the race-driven blame and help prove these people as innocent of the crimes they didn't commit.