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Rudy Baylor, a new law school graduate, once dreamed of the good life as a corporate attorney. Now he faces joblessness and bankruptcy--unless he can win an insurance case against a heavyweight team of lawyers, a case that starts small but mushrooms into a frightening war of nerve and legal skill that could cost Rudy not only his future, but also his life.
Grisham's intricate, spellbinding sixth novel differs from his last few?it's his only book with first-person narration and his first since his debut to be set in a courtroom?but the trademark Grisham touches are in place. Rookie attorney Rudy Baylor is the customary David fighting a legal Goliath (here a multibillion-dollar insurance company), and the suspense builds with impeccable pacing despite workaday prose. When the modestly sized law firm that contracted for his future services unexpectedly merges with a tony Ivy League firm, Rudy finds himself without a job and bankrupt. Filing a $10 million lawsuit takes away some of the sting, as does a lonely elderly woman's offer of low rent on a small apartment in exchange for rewriting her will. To make a living, Rudy finds himself chasing ambulances for a racketeering shyster, leading to his becoming enthralled with a beautiful young woman hospitalized by her husband's murderous attack. When Rudy agrees to represent the parents of a dying 22-year-old denied insurance coverage for a bone-marrow transplant, he finds that he is up against the firm that broke contract with him. Melding the courtroom savvy of A Time to Kill with the psychological nuance of The Chamber, imbued with wry humor and rich characters, this bittersweet tale, the author's quietest and most thoughtful, shows that Grisham's imagination can hold its own in a courtroom as well as on the violent streets outside. Major ad/promo; large-print edition, ISBN 0-385-47512-8; audio rights to BDD Audio.
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Grisham has a way of making you believe the story of a young lawyer trying a mammoth merely six months after he's been called to the bar. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Cee Ess
I never tire of Grisham's books ... always enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages. No wonder so many of his books end up as movies.Published 8 months ago by sjt
Typical Grisham which I enjoy - not his best but still a captivating bookPublished 9 months ago by Glen A Phillips
A real page turner!. I found this book to be enthralling. Highly recommended.
It was not what I expected from John Grisham.
I thoroughly enjoy John Grisham books and this one was full of intrigue and suspense. I have read a few of his novels and I have never been disappointed.Published 15 months ago by joeyrou
Grisham does it again with a fast paced, hard to put down book. Love the fact that you always learn something when you read his books. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Author Samreen Ahsan
The story line in this book was very good , it made you turn the pages . I watch the movie after , but the book was much better .Published 16 months ago by Humming Bird