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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 through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a job or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 784 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by Doubleday (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
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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
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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
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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).

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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
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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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
Vishakha Motwani
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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Chelsea Colleen
Aug 20, 2007 Chelsea Colleen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ben Gosnell
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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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!
Suzanne
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!
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.
Lynette
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
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.
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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
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
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
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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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
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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,
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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
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Lynette
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
Ayunda
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 Sharabiani
کتاب را نخستین بار «هادی عادلپور» به فارسی ترجمه کرده که «نشر کوشش» آن را در صفحه منتشر کرد. چاپ دیگری از همین کتاب، با نام «معجزه سرنوشت» به صورت خلاصه شده و در قالب کتاب جیبی صفحه، منتشر شده است. «جان گریشام» رمان «باران ساز» را در سال 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 نیز، زندگی را ...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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