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Alex Cross tells the incredible story - passed down through the generations - of an ancestor's courageous fight for freedom.
JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past eight years in a row. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades - the Alex Cross, Women's Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels - and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Confessions, and Maximum Ride series. James is the proud sponsor of the World Book Day Award and has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
Framed as a book written by Patterson's iconic detective, Alex Cross, the story centers on the relationship between Cross's great-uncle Abraham and civil rights lawyer Ben Corbett, who teamed up at the turn of the 20th century to fight the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. Shawn Andrew's turn as Alex in the introduction is unmemorable, but Dylan Baker, the core narrator, captures listeners with keen emphasis and pacing. Even if his voice tends to be a bit caricatured (his Theodore Roosevelt invokes an old-time radio shtick), his overall efforts-coupled with typical Patterson pacing and prose-will keep listeners hooked. A Little, Brown hardcover. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
In this 15th installment in Patterson's (www.jamespatterson.com) Alex Cross series-following Cross Country (2008), also available from Hachette Audio-Cross makes only a brief appearance. Instead, listeners go back in time to the early 1900s as Cross's great-uncle, Abraham, and Abraham's daughter, Moody, assist lawyer Ben Corbett in investigating a series of lynchings in Eudora, MS. Tony Award nominee Dylan Baker seamlessly transitions among the many characters, voicing the likable Corbett at one turn and a Ku Klux Klan member at the next. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this title, though Patterson devotees may miss Dr. Cross. [The Little, Brown hc, published in August, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Theresa Stoner, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.