Study Guide

Alex Cross's Trial Chapter 28

By James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Chapter 28

  • Ben keeps riding the bike around the town.
  • Along the way, people recognize him from his childhood and say hi; he stops a couple times and makes small talk.
  • Before long, he hears an angry voice and looks over to find the Purneau brothers picking on some Black boys.
  • The boys have come into town to find work, and the Purneaus make it clear that the jobs will go to white people only.
  • Not only that, but they don't like when Black people think…at all.
  • One of the Purneau bros sucker punches a kid right in the face.
  • Ben stops pedaling and wants to interfere, but he worries it might compromise his mission.
  • Luckily, the Black boy jumps up and runs away, lickety-split…
  • But just then, Ben feels the cold barrel of a gun on the back of his head.

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