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The Rainmaker by John Grisham
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Jan 13, 11


This book is a welcome break from the normal lawyer writing of John Grisham. It opens on a law student at Memphis State Law School named Rudy Baylor. Instead of Rudy being aimed at success from the beginning, he is struggling to pass the final bar exam and just get a job. Most of his classmates have promising jobs somewhere, but Rudy has no such luck. His opportunities are very limited and when it seems like his future is brightening, the rug is quickly pulled out from under him. It shows the opposite perspective of the majority of the court room novels. It has a lowly lawyer that has to search near and far for even the smallest cases as opposed to a huge case with very powerful people on both sides.
Rudy finally comes across a case. At first, it seems like all the others. Just another "bad faith" insurance claim. But because Rudy has nothing else to do, he takes it and realizes that this has potential to be a great case. He represents a poor family, Dot and Buddy Black, whose son Donny Ray is dying of acute leukemia but almost certainly could have been saved with a bone marrow transplant from his identical twin brother who is a perfect match. The procedure should have been covered and paid for by their insurance company, Great Benefit Life Insurance. With the strong case Rudy has, he feels confident he can get a verdict. But, like all big insurance companies, they have a powerhouse team of lawyers who all know what they are doing. It is a real battle of David vs Goliath and has a great plot and keeps the story moving. It took me an hour or so to really get into it and then I couldn't put it down.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good read! The only issue I had was in the second half of the book, Rudy gets so many lucky breaks in the courtroom (He gets a perfect jury and judge that hates the opposite law firm.) It seems like he can do nothing wrong. Other then that is was a great book.
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