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
Rudy struggles from the outset. He's handed one opportunity after another, only to see...more
The Rainmaker has a main storyline with a couple of other small stories along the way. It tells the sto...more
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
Rudy Baylor is a newly qualified lawyer: he has one case, and one case alone, to save himself from his mounting debts. His case is against a giant insurance company which could have saved a young man's life, but instead refused to pay the claim until it was too late. The settlement could be worth millions of dollars, but there is one problem: Rudy has never argued a case in court before, and he's up against the most expensive lawyers that money can buy.Amazon.com Review
The supple voice and def...more
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
"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
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
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
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
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 o...more
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
For a large part, I was wrong. Reading the trial was interesting and amusing, unfortunatly that was the only part of the book that read easily and kept me reading. The way the book is written makes it so boring, I don't need to know every detail of what the character does and thinks every moment of the day. This leaves nothing for...more
Admittedly, I'm more critical of first person point of view tales than other points of view, perhaps because I've read so darn many of them over the years and the narrator voices will blend together in the worst of them. However, when I read first person done well, as is the case in this novel, I want to keep reading well past the last page.
Enter young, new attorney, Rudy Bayl...more
I enjoyed this book tremendously not only because the...more
I actually give this 4 and a half but that's not an option.
A few minor details stopped this from getting the top score:
The implausibility of the very final few chapters- he kills a guy, tries to cover it up, gets away with it, and rides off into the sunset with a woman he hardly knows, abandoning a successful legal career he's invested a lot of time and money in (having just made legal history no less), with absolutely no explanation. This ending sucked.
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
The book started out really slow for my liking. But I'm used to it because I'm a big fan of John Grisham and he usually starts his book pretty slow to paint the picture in your mind of what he wants you to see. JG does a great job in this book. He take...more
Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of...more