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The Rainmaker

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  146,747 Ratings  ·  1,597 Reviews
John Grisham’s five novels — A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, and The Chamber — have been number one best-sellers, and have a combined total of 47 million copies in print. Now, in The Rainmaker, Grisham returns to the courtroom for the first time since A Time To Kill, and weaves a riveting tale of legal intrigue and corporate greed. Combining suspen ...more
Paperback, 598 pages
Published February 1996 by Dell Publishing Co. (first published 1991)
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“I'm alone and outgunned, scared and inexperienced, but I'm right.”

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
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Max Ostrovsky
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pop, fiction
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
Asghar Abbas
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My favorite Grisham novel. This is the best one in my opinion. The only one of his books I kept. Rest, I gave them away. Because I have outgrown him . OK, I lied. I kept his Brethren novel too. But you get my point.

This was him getting as close to being a poet as he could.

*Saying it in South Park the movie fashion* Matt Damon got nothing on this book.
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of Grisham's books that I forgot I had read a long time back. Very good!!
Natalie Vellacott
One of my favourite Grisham books. Great drama in the courtroom as Rudy Baylor, novice lawyer sues established, wealthy insurance company Great Benefit. Their crime? Repeatedly denying the claim of a terminally ill young man apparently just because they could...or so they thought.

This book really brings out some important lessons; that in the end, big dreams of wealth, success and power usually end up as just that--dreams! Those that do make it often find that the end result is not what they wer
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Leave it to John Grisham to turn a story that pivots on the technical language of an insurance policy into a riveting court room drama! One of his best.

I would've liked A more fleshed resolution to Miss Bertie's problems however.

I haven't read a Grisham book since The Runaway Jury in 1997. This book made me want to go back and read his other works to see what I might have missed.
Harv Griffin
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own
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).

pic of my copy of Rainmaker

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
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
James Fitzgerald
EXCELLENT STORY, EXCELLENTCHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I believe I read this book a long time ago but did not add it to my list so I revisited the rainmaker. I enjoyed Rudy Baler the young attorney who has met Mrs. Black a woman who son has leukemia and has been denied a bone marrow transplant by her insurance company because he had a,preexisting condition. ( he had the flu 5 years prior to his mother contracting for the insurance)
if you haven't read the Rainmaker and enjoy a good story don't hesitate
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.

********************** Spoiler Below **************************

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
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Another book I gotta put up there with one of Grisham's best! The Rainmaker tells us about the lies and corruption behind an Insurance Company, and it goes to show me that some companies are really like that, insensitive and cruel, makes me not want to trust any of them. But anyways, awhile back I saw the movie with Matt Damon, because I'm a big fan of him, I only saw it once and I don't remember it that well, and I was a little young to understand the legal stuff.

But now I've read the book and
Chelsea Colleen
May 04, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Vishakha Motwani
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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
Jan 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-500
This was way better than the movie. Most of the changes that were made for the movie were better in the original. That's what happens when you have to edit for time. I loved watching Leo Drummond go down in flames in the book way more than in the movie. For such a long book (14 discs), the action kept moving along and truly kept my interest. Thanks for the recommendation, Andrew!
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the easy way John Grisham writes but this book drifted for me. There were times when I couldn't put the book down and I thought it was going to be one of the classic John Grisham novels but there were other times when the plots lost their way. So close to giving this book a 4 star rating but the finish appeared rushed and spoilt the book.
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Insurance companies, just as evil today as when this was written. Fast paced, likeable characters, characters you love to hate. Really enjoyed this one.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book shouldn't be as enjoyable as it is. It is pure revenge/rescue fantasy with barely any actual story. Bad things happen for a reason: to make Rudy Baylor’s life better. Early on, so this isn’t much of a spoiler, you get the sense that Rudy Baylor is very privileged, despite his upbringing: no matter what happens, he will always come out on top. There isn’t even the traditional second-act setback. There are hints of potential setbacks, potential tricks the defense could be playing on Bayl ...more
Mar 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Yeah, I can't do this. I wanted a quick, fun read, but I'm more than 100 pages in, and still reading the main character Rudy's incessant complaining about everything as law school draws to an end and he desperately searches for a job. And the sexism, oh god, the sexism (and racism! and homophobia!). Granted, these were law firms in the 1990s, which were very male, very white, and very heterosexual, at least outwardly (and to be fair, law firms still have a long way to go in achieving greater div ...more
Karl Marberger
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: legal-political
Very entertaining and worthwhile. Grisham makes the legal profession seem fun and interesting.
Ahmad Sharabiani
کتاب را نخستین بار «هادی عادلپور» به فارسی ترجمه کرده که «نشر کوشش» آن را در ۶۷۸ صفحه منتشر کرد. چاپ دیگری از همین کتاب، با نام «معجزه سرنوشت» به صورت خلاصه شده و در قالب کتاب جیبی ۱۵۷ صفحه، منتشر شده است. «جان گریشام» رمان «باران ساز» را در سال ۱۹۹۵ 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، ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jyotika Varmani
Aug 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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David Lucero
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the movie so much I had to read the book. I figured usually the book is better, and in this case I was proven right. The narration is great, and if you saw the movie the plot remains the same. John Grisham writes not only as a good author, but knows the law. I read this book when I was going to school and it was sort of an inspiration for me to succeed the way the main character had to pass the bar and go up against corporate greed. I have this in my collection for reading again and ag ...more
Jennifer S. Alderson
This is probably my favorite John Grisham books, though I do love most of his lawyer novels. The main character Rudy Baylor is a brilliant creation, intelligent yet so naïeve. I enjoyed the side characters (especially Miss Birdie and Bruiser) and stories tremendously; they add a level of depth missing in many courtroom-based fiction novels. Highly recommend this one, especially to those who haven't yet read much John Grisham. And yes, the book is much better than the movie (even though it was al ...more
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