The Rainmaker Mass Market Paperback – Jan 2 1996
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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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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The Rainmaker I thought was a good book, I have not read all of Grisham's novels, but the few i did read (The Rainmaker is one of them), I felt like the man can write a good tale. I cant really call myself a huge Grisham fan, but I like his writing. Anyway, good book and definitely worth reading.
Rudy charges into battle for all of his clients. Hair uncombed, tie askew, and stray papers fluttering from his briefcase, Rudy is the very opposite of Leo Drummond, the immaculate lead counsel on Great Benefit's defense team. It's not hard to predict how such a David-and-Goliath contest will turn out in a Grisham novel. But there are a few surprises in how it happens.
Grisham doesn't make Rudy face the enemy by himself. His chief ally is Deck Shifflet, a self-styled "paralawyer" who knows the case-winning maneuvers that Rudy would never dream of trying on his own. Their former boss, criminal lawyer Bruiser Stone, phones in his own advice from an undisclosed location. And Rudy's clients help him, and each other. The several subplots find each other as the story builds to its conclusion.
Don't expect objectivity from this reviewer--this is far-and-away my favorite Grisham book. There are easy-to-like and easy-to-hate characters in threatening and interesting circumstances. There is a believable blend of suspense, comedy, and tragedy. Surprisingly, much of this translates well to the movie version, too. But read the book before seeing the movie. If you don't enjoy it, you are just "...stupid, stupid, stupid." (Sorry; I just couldn't resist. :^))
Certainly "The Rainmaker", rather than being the legal thriller that one might have expected on the basis of his previous novels, is more of a gentle bittersweet general fiction novel comprised of three concurrent sub-plots that take place primarily in a legal setting.
In the first story, (of course, all three are intertwined to a certain extent and bump into one another, although each of the three would serve as a fine short story or novella on its own), Rudy Baylor graduates from law school with the hopeful vision of a young man destined for a rising career in a mainstream firm well known in the field of corporate law. When an unexpected takeover leaves him jobless and facing personal bankruptcy, he is forced by unexpected circumstances into the arms of his first client. A pleansant but very lonely (and surprisingly wealthy) elderly lady offers him rental accommodation at a price he couldn't possibly refuse in exchange for a review of her will.
In the second (and central) plot of the novel, Baylor unexpectedly becomes the attorney of record in a major lawsuit alleging fraud against a mega-rich insurance company that pads its profits by routinely rejecting legitimate insurance claims comfortable in the proven belief that only a small statistical percentage of those claims denied will actually be taken to court. His client is a 22 year old man, dying of leukemia. He can't afford the cost of a bone marrow transplant because his claim under the insurance policy he bought many years earlier has been rejected. The stakes are huge with a $10 million judgment hanging in the balance.Read more ›
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A real page turner!. I found this book to be enthralling. Highly recommended.
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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 20 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 21 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 22 months ago by Humming Bird