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John Grisham's five novels -- A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, and The Chamber -- have been number one best-sellers, and have a combined total of 47 million copies in print. Now, inThe Rainmaker, Grisham returns to the courtroom for the first time since A Time To Kill, and weaves a riveting tale of legal intrigue and corporate greed. Combining suspe ...more
Paperback, 419 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Delta (first published 1995)
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Stephen
Feb 18, 2012 Stephen rated it liked it
“I'm alone and outgunned, scared and inexperienced, but I'm right.”
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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
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Jessica
Apr 25, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
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
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Max Ostrovsky
Apr 10, 2012 Max Ostrovsky rated it liked it
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
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Mahlon
Feb 10, 2016 Mahlon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Karen
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!!
Harv Griffin
Mar 08, 2013 Harv Griffin rated it it was amazing
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
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Peter Meredith
Nov 18, 2011 Peter Meredith rated it liked it
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
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Vishakha Motwani
Feb 06, 2016 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
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Suzanne
May 17, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seen-the-movie, owned
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!
Michael
Nov 07, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it
“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
Karen
Dec 07, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
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
Jaret
Feb 03, 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!
Corey
Oct 23, 2015 Corey rated it it was amazing
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
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Mike (the Paladin)
Feb 06, 2011 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
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.





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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
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Chelsea Colleen
Aug 20, 2007 Chelsea Colleen rated it really liked it
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
Sealove
May 10, 2014 Sealove rated it it was amazing
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!
Yousra
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
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Jill Edmondson
Jan 22, 2013 Jill Edmondson rated it it was amazing
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.
Gabe
Aug 27, 2015 Gabe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now, this is one of the better books from this author. I didn't read all of his book, but I've read some of them and at least to me, so far, this may be one of his best of not the best book - remains to discover more, once I get more books by this author.

Without spoiling your fun, I would say that this is a modern day David and Goliath theme,the underdog trying to defeat the giant.
It's happening in the world of lawyers, litigation, court and jury and placed in the colorful Memphis of the Tenness
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Lynette
Dec 04, 2014 Lynette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
best Grisham I've read so far... granted, I'm reading them way out of order and way after the fact, but this one has the best plot, quirkiest characters, and most realistic "hero". I'm also purposely avoiding the books where I've seen the movie (Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, Runaway Jury, etc.) The theme that's emerging is that of the flawed hero, which is designed to make them more human, but in some cases I've just wanted to kick them down the stairs. I was pulling for Rudy all th ...more
Wesley
Nov 15, 2011 Wesley rated it really liked it
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
Ben Gosnell
Mar 04, 2015 Ben Gosnell rated it it was amazing
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
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Les
Mar 25, 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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Eugenie
May 27, 2016 Eugenie rated it really liked it
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.

Beverly
Feb 14, 2012 Beverly rated it really liked it
Rudy Baylor is a 3rd Yr. Law student at Memphis State. As a 3rd Yr., he is scrambling to find employment, recovering from a broken heart, and taking the easiest classes he can until the Bar Exam. One of these classes is Legal Problems of the Elderly, "Geezer Law," in which Prof. Smoot takes them to Nursing Homes to do pro bono work. Here, Rudy meets Dot and Buddy Black and Mz Birdsong. Mz Birdy agrees to let Rudy live in her garage apt. for yardwork and Dot and Buddy want his advice on a denied ...more
Sabrina
Sep 26, 2011 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
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.
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Tony Taylor
Michael Beck (The Golden Seal, Xanadu), who seems to be making a career out of reading books on audio (A Time to Kill, The Runaway Jury), has returned with John Grisham's The Rainmaker, bringing the backwoods of Tennessee's legal world to life. His sultry, southern drawl animates the world of Rudy Baylor, an out-of-luck, budding lawyer who has more things going against him than bedraggled, disaster-magnet Joe from Lil' Abner. The law firm that hired Baylor was gobbled up by a larger firm just th ...more
Jane Stewart
Sep 10, 2010 Jane Stewart rated it it was amazing
4 stars. Wow what a great story teller! A number of events surprised me. I found myself smiling several times.

REVIEWER’S OPINION:
I love the unexpected which this novel has. His characters might be stereotypes, but they were well done, fun, and had me chuckling. The theme is David vs. Goliath. The ending is happy with a bitter component. The evil, greedy, large corporation leaves a bad taste. The story took a while to get going which was fine. But the last third of the book had me on the edge of
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Patrick
Mar 11, 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
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Amanda Spake
May 20, 2015 Amanda Spake rated it really liked it
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
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Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of
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