Study Guide

Alex Cross's Trial Chapter 4

By James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Chapter 4

  • For Ben's closing argument, he knows he has to go big or go home.
  • He starts out by citing the facts of the case: No one saw Gracie murder Lydia, and all the witnesses who testified are white.
  • And then he plays the race card: He knows one of the reasons Gracie is on trial is because she is Black, and that's simply not fair.
  • Ben encourages the jury to see through this maneuver and acquit Gracie since that's the only fair thing to do.
  • Then he throws in a Bible verse just to seal the deal—if Carter wants to talk about big truths, two can play that game.

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