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The author of the number-one bestsellers The Firm, The Pelican Brief and The Client has written another spellbinding tale of legal intrigue sure to hit bestseller lists this summer. Twenty-two years after the bombing deaths of a civil rights activist's two sons, the Klansman on death row for their murders is mysteriously aided in his last appeal by a young lawyer in a majo ...more
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Published April 6th 1999 by Random House Audio (first published May 1st 1994)
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Neja
Apr 03, 2016 Neja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I started reading this book in December. Why did it took me so long to finish it? Because of the topic: death row, KKK, racism plus I saw the movie before reading it. I am strongly against death row and I can't believe something so inhumane can be legal. These things are so horrible and painful to read and because of that I've read it only a couple of times a month. It made me feel so sad every time I read it. It's a great book, amazing writing, but really sad. You can't read it with a dry eye. ...more
Julie
Dec 20, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favourites
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
Oct 10, 2012 Shesh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 03, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Una Tiers
Too long, too technical (and I'm a lawyer). How do other readers feel about the loose end? It did make me think about the death penalty.
Wendell
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Ryan
May 26, 2011 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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Reenie
Apr 07, 2016 Reenie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an emotional read right up until the very last page; I've laughed and I've cried. Whilst this story is fiction, it's all too real to me.

Regardless of your view on the Death Penalty you should read this book. It will make you examine your thoughts and reasoning. Even if you're certain in your belief, just give it a chance, it really is thought provoking.

I will write a full review of this when I'm able to, but in the meantime my thoughts above some this book up. Well done, Grisham
Holly
Oct 01, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Aug 12, 2013 Nenette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Stan Usher
Jun 11, 2015 Stan Usher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Always enjoyed Grisham, and even though this book originally came out 20 years ago, its still relevant. You can almost feel the horror of being on Death Row, knowing you only have a certain time to live. Good characters, believable storyline.....the end, almost made me cry which never happens! Please read this, I think everyone in America needs too.
donna
Feb 22, 2009 donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 20, 2014 Arwa_Y_240526 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Montaser Hamid
Apr 28, 2016 Montaser Hamid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I started this book I thought it will be an another page-turner John Grisham stereotype,but the book turned out to be an intense novel with some earnest opinions about the man made judicial system.John raised that very question once again "should death be the ultimate punishment?".The novel is about a death row inmate Sam who is counting his last days for being a minor accomplish of a 23 year old klan bombing but took all the responsibilities on his shoulder to hide the real
offender to keep
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Maybama02 Carroll
Jul 04, 2007 Maybama02 Carroll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-good-book
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.
Natalie Richards
Jan 31, 2016 Natalie Richards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every now and again I enjoy reading a John Grisham book; they`re easy to read and gripping. This was no different. ...more
Idrisidng
Jun 26, 2007 Idrisidng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i loved reading this book,anotha great offering from the king of law/court genre..John Grisham
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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Ross
Jan 13, 2014 Ross rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Benjamin Thomas
To put it mildly this was not my favorite John Grisham novel. I suppose it’s the bleak subject matter: death row, racism, alcoholism, the KKK, etc. Certainly not uplifting subjects but I’ve read novels before dealing with these sorts of topics and not come away with the same sick feeling in my gut.

The novel has several structural problems which lower it on my Grisham rankings. First of all it felt bloated. This is a novel in need of some significant trimming in the same way some of Stephen King’
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Sabah
Dec 09, 2015 Sabah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite, if not the favourite novel ever, by JG. It's wonderful when an author possesses the outstanding ability to overturn a readers initial belief and condemnation to evoke sympathy and understanding of someone usually who is capable of only arousing contempt and hatred. This is exactly what JG managed to achieve for me.
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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Asghar Abbas

Never liked this one. Still not sure what this was actually about. But with this it became obvious he had something to say about some things , which he would in his subsequent books.
Earroway
Long-winded, could have gotten to the end sooner. Would have made it a more satisfying read if Adam had sleuthed around and exposed Wedge and brought him to justice.
Christopher Newton
Tedious. I only finished it because I was on a long road trip and had nothing else to read in the motel nights. Takes forever to get going, the characters aren't really that interesting. Maybe I just don't like legal thrillers. On the other hand, there is nothing in the story that could legitimately be called thrilling.
Abby Guinn
Jun 10, 2015 Abby Guinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book was awesome. Best Grisham I've read yet. Give it a try!
Tory Wagner
Dec 02, 2015 Tory Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, legal
This was an excellent fictional account of a man on death row. Regardless of your religious or moral beliefs, the details of the account will make you think about the use of capital punishment in the United States. While the main character was certainly not a sympathetic character in terms of his actions, you couldn't help but emphathize with his demise. The scene outside the prison was a study in human nature, with KKK members and Nazis on one side and praying nuns on another. Definitely a book ...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.

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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“You’re old. You’re senile. You’re too calm about this. Something must be wrong…”
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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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