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In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm:

Twenty -six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

Maximum Security Unit, Mississippi State Prison:

Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of c
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Paperback, 640 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Delta (first published 1994)
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Julie
I thought this was one of the most impacting novels I have read for a long time. Grisham thoroughly explores the implications of the death penalty and creates a well-rounded and complex character in Sam Cayhall. You come to hate him and pity him, asking yourself whether he really deserves death and cheering Adam on as he tries to save him. A book I will never forget.
Shesh
Just finished rereading this amazing book. This isn't one of Grisham's more popular stories however this book was a life transforming experience for me. Two issues this book forced me to deal with on my first reading in 1994: 1) How can people - any people, "Cluckers" (KKK), the Taliban, street gangs,Fred Phelps and congregation, boy soldiers of Sierra Leone, contract killers, even bullies, et al - be so cruel and mean and hateful? Where is compassion? How did they miss that piece of life? How c ...more
Courtney
Typically I am a Sci-fi/Fantasy reader, with a smattering of historical fiction thrown in. Really I'll read just about anything, but I have weakness for fairy tales. So when my dad recommended this book to me, and went as far as to buy it and give it to me, I was like... okay... But I decided to give it a chance because it's a book, and I like books.

And my response was: Wow. I have read very few things as heart stirring and thought provoking as this book. Who could like a KKK member? Murdering p
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Cynthia
I have strong feelings and opinions related to this book that delves deeper into the issue of "an eye for an eye" as it relates to the judicial systems of the day. A great side story about a member of the KKK after the civil war during the segragation conflict. Being from a rural southern area, riding around as a child with a father who always kept a "nigger knocker" under the seat, and having family that still refuses to grasp the concept of nonjudgmental equality, I really thought this book sh ...more
Wendell
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Ryan
Though I haven’t read this book entirely, it so far is actually quite captivating. As a whole, it has kept hold of my attention. It also has a hint of humor in it, too. John Grisham having a background in law has put his knowledge and experience in his books.
“The Chamber” is about a young, bright lawyer, Adam Hall, who joined the Kravitz & Bane firm solely to represent and defend his grandfather, the infamous ex-Klansman Sam Cayhall, who is in Death Row for the bombing of the Kramer Firm,
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Holly
I generally was not a John Grisham fan. I had read "Peligan Brief" many years ago and found it too detailed and too boring. This is not the way I felt about this book - so John Grisham, you have earned your way back into my reading library.
The Gas Chamber is being prepared....time is running out - - Will this client be set free? John Grisham takes you through every emotion - - liking this client and even somewhat accepting perhaps of what he did - - to hating this guy and wanting to pull the g
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Ross
I really want to like this book. As an attorney, I really wanted to. I just couldn't bring myself to like it. Sorry, Mr. Grisham.

This book could have been better without so much emphasis on the filing of documents with the courts. Grisham attempts to create drama with the main character filing motions here, there, anywhere to try to get his estranged grandfather off death row. Sorry, but filing documents and motions after document and motion really isn't as exciting as it sounds. Wait, it doesn'
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Fauzan Anwar
tidak pernah terpikirkan oleh Adam Hall, seorang pengacara muda berbakat dari chicago, bahwa dirinya akan dibawa oleh takdir keluarga. karir dan segala pencapaian yang dibangun selama belasan tahun ternyata untuk rahasia keluarga, atau bahkan mungkin aib keluarga. aib itu adalah kakeknya, Sam Cayhall, narapidana yang terancam hukuman mati.

kasus pengeboman kantor pengacara Yahudi, Marvin Kramer menjadi dalang sebab Sam harus mendekam di penjara Parchman. tidak jauh dari Sam, kamar gas, sebuah hu
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Nenette
I've read a couple of Grishams that had very rich and exciting plots, only to end abruptly, leaving the reader wanting for more.

I'm happy to say that that's not the case with The Chamber. This story has both the thrills and the heart and it carried through to the end. It was an exciting read, and tugs at the heart at the same time; I almost cried in some of the scenes.

I admire the character of Adam Hall, I wish there were more people like him in real life - those who would put the good of the fa
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donna
Never have i cried for literature in any medium than i did with this book. I hated Sam for keeping his secret up to his grave. I hated the fact that i was so deeply touched with this book. That now death penalty made sense to me! Up to the last few pages i expected a miracle, but then it didn't came. I cried with Adam and Lee and the rest who did not believe in death penalty. Im not a fan of Grisham after reading The Pelican Brief or was it Runaway Jury (although I liked The Client) but because ...more
Arwa_Y_240526
The chamber is one of my favorite books. The author, John Grisham, has a simple way of writing where in all of his books he addresses issues such as law , politic, racism. His books are definitely strong books that cover strong topics. The chamber basically talks about a man who is being convicted and executed because of something he has done a long time back. But his lawyer/grandson thinks otherwise. Slowly, he works out things until he reaches the truth. But after finding out the truth, he mig ...more
Maybama02 Carroll
I loved this book. Never have I had such a distinct love/hate impression of a character before. It is long but you NEVER know how it will end. Its easy to finish it quickly.
Idrisidng
i loved reading this book,anotha great offering from the king of law/court genre..John Grisham
Jane Stewart
Not as entertaining as other Grisham books. It’s a somber subject – death row.

STORY BRIEF:
Three Ku Klux Klansmen plant a bomb in an attorney’s office. Two children are killed. Only one of the men (Sam) is caught, and he stays silent about the other two. It is years later. Sam is on death row, soon to be executed in “the (gas) chamber.” Adam is a young attorney with a large law firm up north. He gets permission from his firm to work on Sam’s case pro bono. He is Sam’s grandson. Adam and Sam now m
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Ana
It was, as most of Grisham's books, absolutely fantastic! I am amazed how he manages to make his books so much about the legal stuff of a lawyer's life and still put so much soul in it that it turns into some mind boggling story! The rythm of the book is fast, constantly coming up with new things, the action is complex and sometimes even sick, and the ending is amazing!
Though it treats legal problems, as I said before, he manages to make his way up to the human mind and study it at close range.
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Sandra Degrechie
The Chamber was based on a man fighting on Death Row for the murder of an African American boy and blowing up a shop with a Jewish family.He soon realizes he has a nephew Adam, in Law to help him exonerate him from the heinous crimes.It is a compelling story and it shows the realization of how back in the day when they had signs posted that African Americans and Caucasians were not allowed to ride the same buses together and interracial relationships were forbidden.It truly is deep, touching and ...more
Knot Telling
The Chamber is a courtroom drama, a legal thriller, and more. It's a transgenerational Southern family drama and it's also the story of a young man entering into radical confrontation with his identity and values, and emerging with both intact.

Adam Hall is one year out of law school and works at a high-powered Chicago law firm. Since the tragic death of his father when Adam was seventeen he has also been the keeper of a family secret: Sam Cayhall, the infamous Ku Klux Klan bomber who has been on
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Lonaoui Amare
The Chamber, by john Grisham is a book starting off in the time plagued by racial discrimination, as Sam Cayhall, one of the main characters commits a bombing just because a Jewish lawyer is helping blacks get fair trials and is caught. Then he is later accused of committing racial discrimination, and gets sentenced to the death penalty, but this doesn't happen for a long time. So in the process, his grandson, who is a lawyer is given a chance to help his grandfather get rid of the penalty. Howe ...more
Brinlie Clark
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Ashlea
Good grief, this book was LOOONNNGG. I had a lot of trouble getting into it because it lumbered along for 500 pages or so with lots of legal motions and information. I had it set that I was going to give it 3 stars. Then came the last 150 or so pages and suddenly I was riveted. With lots of feelings and a growing sense of horror, I flipped the pages frantically until the end. Now the book is a solid 4 stars.

The Chamber is about a young lawyer who goes to assist his grandfather (who's on Death Ro
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Shawn Fisher
It's a good read for anyone interested in the death penalty and how it was carried out. It also focuses on tactics used by lawyers to halt them with 'gangplank' appeals. The material is dated, 1990 is the year in the book. I felt this book could have made its point with 100 fewer pages and less loose threads.

Young liberal lawyer Adam Hall is strongly opposed to the death penalty. He gets hired onto a big Chicago law firm which happens to have Sam Cayhill as a client, a death row inmate and Adam'
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Tanuja Thapliyal
Simply Pathetic. Didn't expect such a book from Grisham.
Selina
It wasn't my kind of book. It wasn't bad, but I can't say that I enjoyed reading it. I knew Sam would die and I wasn't that impressed by the whole story behind him. I was just waiting for him to go to the gas chamber. Maybe the original book is better as this short edition I've read. But I had to read this one for school, unfortunately.

I'm also just more into fantasy - science fiction, I guess.
Tarina
Adam Hall is a bright, young lawyer working for Kravitz & Bane, a top Chicago law firm. He is obsessed with the Sam Cayhall case & wanted to represent him. Sam Cayhall is a former Ku Klux Klan member, who is put on death row for the deaths of two young children. Reason why he’s obsessed with this particular case? Sam Cayhall is his grandfather.

Adam does everything he can to try and prolong his grandfather’s life & to learn about his family secrets in the process. While this is going
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Ryan
This book had nothing into it. I got just over half way and could not finish. I had to go out and rent the movie just to see how it ended. I laughed so hard when I watched the movie, because they had to add things to the movie just to give it substance. The movie was not even that good. I love most all of Grisham's books, but this was a low spot.
Nick Krabbe
After 9 years on “ The Row” can Sam Cayhall still be found innocent? The death penalty has been fought over in the supreme court for years. Is it right or is it cruel and unusual? Well in The Chamber by John Grisham it is a type of criminal/mystery novel that shows us no matter what the circumstance don’t ever give up.


Adam Hall wants to get his client Sam Cayhall released from “ The Row”, but his execution date is less than a month away, and all Sam’s appeals are done and his execution is appro
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Brad Solomon
Skip this book. I would give it one star, but I just have too much respect for John Grisham and his work to do that. This book is about a young, complaining, self absorbed lawyer and his KKK member grandfather. The grandfather is on death row, and the lawyer is trying to save his life. My problems with the book: 1- I couldn't care less about the grandfather, and I really don't care about the lawyer. There was nothing endearing or likable about either character. Too much character development, no ...more
Karen
Mixed feelings on this book. The first half was not that good. Had to force myself to keep reading and try to finish the book. About 2/3 of the way through the book it did pick up and get more interesting. The book could have been cut in half and been much better. Too much time spent on legal document, filing those documents, and meetings with judges and lawyers. Got kinda boring. The last third of the book was good and I gave the book 3 stars based on the last third of the book. Until then, I w ...more
J.L.
I read this book many years ago, but I still remember how haunting some of the scenes were. In fact when the movie came out I was a bit disappointed by it. But as often happens I now can't seem to separate them in my mind. Darn you Hollywood!
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“Look at me," he said, glancing
down at his legs. "A wretched old man in a red monkey suit. A convicted murderer about
to be gassed like an animal. And look at you. A fine young man with a beautiful
education and a bright future. Where in the world did I go wrong? What happened to me?
I've spent my
life hating people, and look what I have to show for it. You, you don't hate anybody. And
look where you're headed. We have the same blood. Why am I here?”
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