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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
“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...more
Jessica
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...more
Max Ostrovsky
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...more
Harv Griffin
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...more
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...more
Michael
“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
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
Chelsea Colleen
Aug 20, 2007 Chelsea Colleen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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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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.





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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...more
Sealove
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!
Jill Edmondson
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.
Beverly
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
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....more
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
Patrick
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...more
Amanda Spake
Ubelieveably, 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...more
Sajida Ahmad
" 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...more
Ashley Romine
Ashley Romine
"The Rainmaker" by John Grisham
“My decision to become a lawyer was irrevocably sealed when I found out my father hated the profession.” Young law student, Rudy Baylor, is in his last year of law school, and is looking for his first big case to start his career. John Grisham’s The Rainmaker intrigues the reader as it takes the reader on Rudy’s journey through his beginning stages of his career.
"The Rainmaker" begins with Rudy Baylor getting ready to graduate law school in Memphis,...more
Prateek Gupta
John Grisham will not let you put this novel down and The Rainmaker will confound the reader with a very surprising ending. This is not a novel to let pass by with just a cursory glance.
Human nature, true human nature displayed in the need to survive, the greed we see too often in ourselves and the compassion of one for another make this novel a powerful and moving read.
This novel is an experiment in first person that will draw the reader in from the start. The characters are realistic in a way...more
ayundabs
Well, since I've read a few other books by John Grisham and totally loved it, I had great expectations for this one. Turns out the book wasn't as great as the books I've read before (The Runaway Jury and A Time to Kill). I still liked it and I don't think it's awful, but the story is just a little weird, especially the ending. But I like the author so much, and I really like the flow and characters. What I don't understand is some of the useless part in the beginning, why didn't he just skip to...more
Bianca Jill
Mar 16, 2011 Bianca Jill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Bianca by: No one
Shelves: 2011, favorites
"The Rainmaker" A term that lawyers use for when a lawyer is able to win big cases. They associate an image of money falling like rain, hence the term.

I like this novel because it has this theme of David vs. Goliath; small versus big, weak versus strong where in the end, the nobody beats the hell out of that somebody. What was also great here was the fact that the plot was very realistic. It was about a graduating law student, who had luck on the way and the next thing he knew he was battling t...more
Jr Bacdayan
This isn't the most exciting, nor the most intriguing John Grisham novel, but it certainly stands out. Maybe it's the picture that he skillfully painted, it captured something so real that you are thoroughly taken. Maybe it's the characters, maybe because for once it wasn't all dazzling and shining. Maybe, it's the haunting love story between Rudy and Kelly. Maybe, it's the idea of escape as a solitude. Maybe, just maybe. But this I'm sure of, you'll love it like you love sunshine. The tone's di...more
Ahmad
کتاب را نخستین بار «هادی عادل‌پور» به فارسی ترجمه کرده که «نشر کوشش» آن را در ۶۷۸ صفحه منتشر کرد. چاپ دیگری از همین کتاب، با نام «معجزه سرنوشت» به صورت خلاصه شده و در قالب کتاب جیبی ۱۵۷ صفحه، منتشر شده است. «جان گریشام» رمان «باران ساز» را در سال ۱۹۹۵ میلادی نشر داد، داستان یک وکیل دعاوی است به نام «ردوی بایلور»، که تلاش میکند در حرفه‌اش پیشرفت کند و نیز در پی کمک به کسانی است که خود نمی‌توانند از حقشان دفاع کنند. او تلاش می‌کند حق پسر بیماری را که نتوانسته حق بیمه درمانی‌اش را بگیرد، و در نهایت...more
Charity
This is another book from my teen years that I had completely forgotten about. I found it in our house one day (I dunno, I think that my younger sibs' babysitter left it there...she always had big, fat pb books like this one for when she took them to the pool). Anyway, I found it in our house one day and I started reading the first few pages. Before I knew it, the day was at an end and so was the book. I admit, this really isn't my genre of choice, but the book was very engaging.

Man, just thinki...more
Wesley
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
Baneen
Wow. this book was so funny. okay, so the story was serious, but Rudy's thoughts were so funny. This book had it all. A times, i felt like crying but at others, I couldn't stop laughing! in the beginning of the book, i was really sad about Rudy's life. I mean, a person shouldn't have to deal with so much, right?. Right? But as I kept reading the story got more and more interesting. I didn't liked the girl, but as I kept reading about her, I changed my opinion. She was sort of okay. This book is...more
Joe
Rudy is not the most distinguished member of his graduating class. He doesn't care. He's got himself a job with a decent firm, nothing great but good enough to hit the ground running. Only, the law firm he thought he'd be working for merges with the snobs in town. Just like that, Rudy is on the streets, and his only saving grace is a possible lawsuit against an insurance company that has long been suspected of screwing over its clients.

This book is tied in second place for my second favorite Gri...more
Andrea Ika
Book Review : The Rainmaker (1995)

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The Rainmaker (1995)
by John Grisham (Author)
Original Language: English
Publisher: Doubleday
Country: United States
Publication Date: May 1995
ISBN: 978-0385424738
Page Count: 434
Rating : 5 stars



HE'S A YOUNG LAWYER WHO DOES YARD WORK IN EXCHANGE FOR RENT. THEN ONE LITTLE CASE BEGINS TO EXPLODE...
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 throug...more
Victoria Roe
Definitely my favourite of the Grisham legal thrillers. It has a lovely main character who is not so flawed that you can’t sympathise with him but finds his moral strength and passion as the story progresses. The supporting characters, particularly Deck and Miss Birdie, provide a humorous counter-balance to the more depressing storyline centred around the Blacks, making the story very easy to read.
Whilst some of the plotlines seem a little extraneous to me, I really like the detailed way the in...more
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"Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

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