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The Rainmaker by John Grisham
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Feb 14, 2012

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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 insurance claim.

Rudy's employment takes dips and twists, bankruptcy, and Mz Birdy's idea of "yardwork" leaves him gasping in Memphis heat and aching beyond description. The Black Case, is the focal point of this story. Great Benefit denies funds for a bone marrow transplant that endangers the life of Donny Black. Donny's twin was an identical match, but insurance was denied. Rudy has the case stolen, recovered and his first trial case becomes The Black Case against the behemouth, Great Benefit Insurance Co. of Ohio. It is an "edge of you seat" read with shady characters, intimidation, fires, thievery, love, and murder.
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