Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
This story had lawyers, criminals, victims, bad guys, good guys and the usual cast found in Grisham novels. But it wasn't typical Grisham. I think the story was so far fetched that it seemed like the work of another author. Everything had to fall into place and, of course, everything did. What I liked about the story is that I wasn't able to guess what the blazes was going on until Grisham slowly revealed it. Thus my interest was piqued throughout. But the aspect that I liked was also the aspect I disliked. There was no way to really do any sleuthing with this one. You simply had to wait it out to see what would happen. Not great literature but an enjoyable listen.
I hesitated to purchase this because of the reviews that called it depressing. I liked much of Grisham's earlier works and this is one that I had yet to read. I'm glad I took a chance. The Chamber is a compelling story with excellent character development and just enough detail to make you familiar with its settings. And Michael Beck is just superb. I can't imagine the story being read any better. Grisham's expertise is best illustrated by the fact that Sam is a totally unlikable character who, by book's end, will capture the reader's empathy. The premise of the novel is somewhat of a stretch as are some of the events that take place. But all that's trumped by the masterful way that Grisham told this story. I haven't changed my opinion on capital punishment, but the novel made me think without detracting from its entertainment value. That is rare. I think this book will appeal to liberals, conservatives, capital punishment supporters and capital punishment opponents alike. It's good. Download and enjoy.
I've listened to six or seven Grisham novels and previously liked The Broker as the best. That's before I listened to The Rainmaker. Grisham's books are like being on vacation when you have something especially sweet planned for the final day. You want to get to that last day, but you don't want your vacation to end. The Rainmaker was classic David versus Goliath with the predictable happening. And the ending, although not winner take all, was much more satisfying than the conclusion of The Partner. Grisham's books are different from each other but I've yet to listen to one that I was sorry I started. You can't say that about too many authors. This book is an excellent listen.