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The Rainmaker

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  139,261 Ratings  ·  1,470 Reviews

It’s summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor’s shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn’t have a job or a prayer—except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit,
Paperback, 608 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Dell (first published 1995)
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“I'm alone and outgunned, scared and inexperienced, but I'm right.”

Smooth, savvy, satisfying…I think this is my new favorite John Grisham novel. While not heavy on scholarly nuance, it has some depth and is crisp, right-hearted, expertly paced and reads like ice-cold lemonade on the porch in summertime.*

*Please feel free to mentally substitute the simile ‘hot toddy curled up in front of a fire in winter’ if you prefer.

While this page-turner is a very easy read, I wouldn’t call this light as G
Nov 09, 2008 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I like this book so much? Because it showed the "other" side of lawyering - the side that isn't romanticized in Grisham's other novels. For once, there were no mobsters, no politicians with hidden agendas, no paranoid millionaires with money to burn, no fresh-out-of-college rookies who land in hot water because they accidentally stumbled upon a secret that their storied firms had been keeping for years.

Rudy struggles from the outset. He's handed one opportunity after another, only to see
Max Ostrovsky
Apr 10, 2012 Max Ostrovsky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop, fiction
A very sloppy beginning and an even worse sloppy ending.
The beginning I found meandering. There were just too many plot lines that contained no suspense or anything that grabbed me. I couldn't even feel anything for the main character until close to the middle of the book.
The middle of the book, however, was fantastic. It was engaging and fast paced. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. The centerpiece of the book, the main trial, was handled absolutely fantastically. There were so
Mar 25, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Grisham's books that I forgot I had read a long time back. Very good!!
Oct 20, 2010 Mahlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Leave it to John Grisham to turn a story that pivots on the technical language of an insurance policy into a riveting court room drama! One of his best.

I would've liked A more fleshed resolution to Miss Bertie's problems however.

I haven't read a Grisham book since The Runaway Jury in 1997. This book made me want to go back and read his other works to see what I might have missed.
Harv Griffin
Mar 08, 2013 Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own
This is one of my 2 favorite Grisham novels—don’t bother with the movie, it’s a campy mess of bad acting and awful direction IMHO (actually, the movie is so bad that it is occasionally amusing).

pic of my copy of Rainmaker

I love courtroom drama. RAINMAKER pits the law student who hasn’t even passed the bar yet and his “paralawyer” against the Big Bad Insurance Company that routinely denies EVERY claim made it against—initially.

Grisham is at the top of his game here; most of his novels are great first-reads (then give it a
Peter Meredith
John Grisham gives me hope that someday my writing will become noticed and that I will be able to make a living as a novelist. I say this because The Rainmaker made it to number one on the New York Times best seller list despite the fact that it is only an average book.
The writing was good enough to keep me turning the pages, but the story lacked and the characters were painfully stereotypical, except oddly enough for the main character. For a good guy, Rudy Baylor was unlikable, not in an anti
Mike (the Paladin)
Good book, less than satisfying ending...if I say more it will be a spoiler. I thought it better than some Grisham books. The struggles of a young lawyer as he faces the more sordid side of life here.

********************** Spoiler Below **************************

This is one of those books that left me sort of worn out with the struggles of life. It's not an escapist book as if you're having your own struggles going through the ones here will not exactly give relief. The people here including our
Vishakha Motwani
Apr 06, 2015 Vishakha Motwani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I would like to rate it a little more than 3 stars but not 4 because of the terribly slow beginning, I was about to leave the book in middle just the moment things became interesting and until almost the end I kept turning pages wanting to finish it.
This is my second Grisham novel (first being The Broker) so I was expecting that the other plot lines described in the beginning will eventually be useful or plot twisters somewhere but none of that happened so was disappointed a bit. But the trial
Oct 03, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Like a snake creeping through the undergrowth, I sneak into the law school well past noon and hours after both of my scheduled classes have broken up.” I like this quote for a couple of reasons; one is because it’s so well described and descriptive. John Grisham left me wondering what was about to happen every time I was about to turn the page. I couldn’t really predict the book there were constant twists and turns throughout the book, as was curiosity and excitement. I didn’t have a least favo ...more
Nov 21, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was obsessed with John Grisham novels when I was a preteen. I got sucked into these novels and dreamed of becoming a hotshot trial lawyer myself. I eventually found my way into social work, but I am still a sucker for a good legal thriller. This book is technically a re-read for me and it was everything I expected: a well-paced and satisfying read, albeit heavy on coincidences and lucky breaks for our hero. And who would have guessed that Grisham's critique of giant health insurance corporatio ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book I gotta put up there with one of Grisham's best! The Rainmaker tells us about the lies and corruption behind an Insurance Company, and it goes to show me that some companies are really like that, insensitive and cruel, makes me not want to trust any of them. But anyways, awhile back I saw the movie with Matt Damon, because I'm a big fan of him, I only saw it once and I don't remember it that well, and I was a little young to understand the legal stuff.

But now I've read the book and
Chelsea Colleen
May 04, 2007 Chelsea Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone with a dream
im just a highskooler, so i couldnt really understand what the book was saying, but i got a general idea. this book is about a young man named rudy that is a struggling lawyer, but his life turns 360 degrees after he wins this case or something. its about a quiet adventure to the road of success. whoever reads this should feel touched at his will and drive. the fact that he neva gave up at the hardest times, and his determination to make it. i could go on and on, but i guess i got the general id ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Jaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was way better than the movie. Most of the changes that were made for the movie were better in the original. That's what happens when you have to edit for time. I loved watching Leo Drummond go down in flames in the book way more than in the movie. For such a long book (14 discs), the action kept moving along and truly kept my interest. Thanks for the recommendation, Andrew!
May 10, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What almost 40 year old hasn't read a John Grisham novel? Me! I really liked this book. I enjoyed the legal content and thought it was very well written, evident that Mr Grisham had a lifetime of experience doing this before writing about it. I'm very glad I read it, and now am looking forward to some more of his. This might be 4.5 for me I'd say, but loved it!
Mar 09, 2017 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book shouldn't be as enjoyable as it is. It is pure revenge/rescue fantasy with barely any actual story. Bad things happen for a reason: to make Rudy Baylor’s life better. Early on, so this isn’t much of a spoiler, you get the sense that Rudy Baylor is very privileged, despite his upbringing: no matter what happens, he will always come out on top. There isn’t even the traditional second-act setback. There are hints of potential setbacks, potential tricks the defense could be playing on Bayl ...more
أخيرا أنهيت موعدي مع جون جريشام

إنها المرة الأولى التي أقرأ له فيها وإن كنت شاهدت له فيلمين هما
The Firm
The Pelican Brief
والأخير من أفلامي المفضلة لأنه من بطولة نجمتي المفضلة

أعجبتني الرواية كثيرا ... في البداية كنت أفكر أنها مملة وكنت اتابع القراءة فقط إكراما لأحمد خالد تفيق ثم جاءت لحظة كانت هي بداية الإثارة وهي بداية التقاضي في قضية دوني راي وهي اللحظات التي جذبتني للرواية ولم اتركها إلا بسبب اختفاء نسختي الورقية بفعل أحد أبنائي لبعض الوقت

الرواية مكتوبة كأنها فيلم

والمضحك أنني من عنوان
Nov 15, 2011 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel this was one of the better books Grisham has ever written. Naturally there is enough legality to suffice any of his readers. There was also a serious mix of heart I feel. You could tell that a real writer would loved to write and was a writer first and a law man 2nd. Not as if you were trying to squeeze the law into a book but a book had been written with law to help balance the story. This is also one of the better movies. Sure it's predictable in some parts. This kind of thing happens m ...more
Jennifer S. Alderson
This is probably my favorite John Grisham books, though I do love most of his lawyer novels. The main character Rudy Baylor is a brilliant creation, intelligent yet so naïeve. I enjoyed the side characters (especially Miss Birdie and Bruiser) and stories tremendously; they add a level of depth missing in many courtroom-based fiction novels. Highly recommend this one, especially to those who haven't yet read much John Grisham. And yes, the book is much better than the movie (even though it was al ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Sealove rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! Grisham at his finest, and that is saying something!

The characters are rich and the weaving of the plot keeps you in it till the end. The audio version of the story is also a treat as the narrator brings something extra to the story.

Even though the film was handled masterfully by the actors and director, it can't do justice to the full text of The Rainmaker.

Thank you John! A real pleasure reading and listening to your work!
Feb 22, 2016 Eugenie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this novel. Loved the story-line - I could identify with all the legal jargon and procedures from my years of studying the law which really brought the story to life for me.

This was going to be 5 stars up to the last 30 pages - I hated the bitter/bitter/sweet ending so 4 stars it is.

Jill Edmondson
Jan 22, 2013 Jill Edmondson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I'm a Grisham fan. A real page-turner. I have no idea what the magic is, but Grisham seems to have found the secret for writing books you just can't put down.
Nov 30, 2016 Tanya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just out of Law School, this has been the most relatable book. Definitely recommended; so many added principles that left me knowing I'm part of the common few. #ThanksMel
Mar 07, 2010 Patrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book tells of a down-on-his-luck law student who stumbles on an interesting non-payment of insurance case while doing pro-bono work for a retirement home. The case involves a lower-middle class couple who bought health insurance for a low premium when suddenly their child gets acute leukemia. The insurance company subsequently refuses to pay because they claim the child had a pre-existing condition that was totally unrelated to leukemia.

I enjoyed this book tremendously not only because the
Sep 26, 2011 Sabrina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read a few Grisham novels and I have found them all to be entertaining (except Bleachers – Couldn’t get on board with that one. In fact after Bleachers I stopped reading Grisham, thinking he had lost his touch).

I saw “The Rainmaker” described as his best novel, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Bought it on Kindle. Glad I did, for I don’t feel any great need to have it taking up space in my library.

Don’t misunderstand me, though. I did enjoy the book and I had no trouble getting through it.
Omer Malik
Jan 25, 2017 Omer Malik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second favorite book of John Grisham (after A Time To Kill).

Brilliantly written and an amazing and riveting story. As a law student, this novel really engaged me and has left a lasting impression on me.
Ben Gosnell
Mar 04, 2015 Ben Gosnell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imagine being David facing Goliath. You, so small and seemingly weak, versus Goliath, a huge unconquerable beast. That is what is was like for Rudy Baylor facing the defendants of Great Benefit.
Six main characters encounter in this page-turning, legal thriller: Rudy Baylor, Deck Shifflet, Kelly Riker, Leo Drummond, Dot Black, and Donny Ray Black. Rudy Baylor is a recent graduate from law school who finds a job at a Memphis law firm but the firm is about to go down the drain. He and Deck Shiffle
Sajida Ahmad
Aug 05, 2013 Sajida Ahmad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" I heard a lawyer say once that it takes a few years for the pain and misery of the law school to fade and, as with most things in life, you're left with the good memories in life"

This story is about Rudy Baylor, a third year student at law school about to graduate. He is an average student, having tough time with all the competition and anxiety that a final year brings with it, he works part time to clear his debts and is struggling to get a good job. His life changes when he gets a bad faith
Amanda Spake
Unbelieveably, this is the first John Grisham book I have ever read. I picked it up primarily because everythng I wanted to read was not yet into the library, or checked out. I figured, because he is a regular best-seller and a darling of Hollywood, Grisham would be a crappy writer.

Boy, was I wrong! This book was great. Grisham is, first and foremost, a Southern novelist. An Arkansas native, who was educated (undoubtedly in every way) in Mississppi in the '70s, Grisham is a member of a dwindling
Mar 12, 2016 Les rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction, 1996
Actual Rating: 4.5/5 (Terrific!)

My Original Notes (1996):

Excellent! What a page-turner. I couldn't put it down. I think I read it in 3-4 days. Different style from his previous books. First person narrative. I highly recommend this for light reading.

My Current Thoughts:

There was a time when all I read was Stephen King, John Grisham and (shhhh, don't tell anyone), Danielle Steel. I loved Grisham's courtroom dramas and the suspense of the good guys beating the big bad guys. I only had a vague reco
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