Study Guide

Alex Cross's Trial Setting

By James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Setting

Early 20th Century Mississippi

Alex Cross's Trial takes place in 1906, back when Teddy Roosevelt called the White House home. Most of the story is set in the small town of Eudora, Mississippi, a place governed by Jim Crow laws and severely racist. This is a time and place where lynch mobs uphold white supremacy with incredible acts of violence, making challenging the status quo not only bold, but actually pretty brave. As much as this is the story of Ben, Abraham, and others, it's really the story of an ugly chapter in American history, told through the lens of one small town.

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