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Alex Cross's Trial Chapter 54

By James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Chapter 54

  • Every day, Ben asks Maybelle if he's gotten any mail, and each day, her answer is the same—nope.
  • He's bummed out since he wrote to his wife a week ago and wants a response.
  • In the meantime, though, he's been busy with his report.
  • He wrote a long letter to the President, giving him dates, times, locations—all the specifics.
  • Ben goes over to Abraham's house to get his take on the report, but Abraham thinks it's way too long and suggests sending a quickie telegram, and the President should get the gist.
  • With that, Ben realizes that Abraham's right; Roosevelt likes it when things are succinct and to the point.
  • The only problem? A telegram has to go through a stationmaster, which means that everyone can see its contents.
  • He figures he should send it from a different town so no one knows what he's up to.
  • Luckily, in a nearby town, Mark Twain is scheduled to appear. It's a win-win, since that's Ben's favorite author.

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