A legal thriller; no violence or sex, but a complex and intriguing story that makes me think about the law, and the complexities of life. Not a nail-biter but a compelling plot that kept me interested page after page. The good guys win, but don't make a killing; the bad guys lose, but are not destroyed; and it ends happily for those who deserve it. I've read most of Grisham's books and they have this same balance between good and bad, and between luck and misfortune; they all seem to have happy endings. They each have a different point of view but they all seem to be true-life stories from the world of lawyers. Grisham's writing style is superb; amazingly fast-paced for dealing with legal arcana, and with just enough irony and humor to be compelling.
This was my third or fourth time reading this novel, which, as all John Grisham’s novels are, a true learning experience. There may be a film made from this, but save your money - you’ll absolutely get much more out of this book than any film would manage. It is riveting, a page-turner, full of suspense and full of the best kind of revenge: on a rotten year insurance company that cares nothing of people but tried to screw them for money.
Hi, my name is SOL, and I want to say something for Mr. Grisham. Having read Gray Mountain before I read The Rainmaker, I realized many issues that Rudy Baylor had with his legal career appeared again as the same ones Samantha was struggling with in Gray Mountain. Therefore the novel resulted a little predictable. However I persisted, found a very full-fleshed out and very endearing charancers along the road, and about the middle of the novel was rewarded with the John Grishman's most full of surprises stories I had ever read! The court room drama has total verosimilitude, even having a just-licensed lawyer nine months out of law school confront the most seasoned dream team in Tennessee representing the scum-est type of evil corporations. Only want to say expected justice is achieved. Instant wealth for the underdog, however, proves almost impossible and would be hard to believe. Grisham, in one of his finest hours of twists and dissembling, gives us a totally unexpected and yet, totally logical finale. Good for Rudy and some other very special characters... I leave it at that, don't want to give a spoiler!
I recommend this book for kids 14 plus, but if you have an 11 year old plus kid who is a very good reader then this is perfect. If you love law themed books, and/or suspense novels, then this book is perfect for you. “The Rainmaker” is a complete page turner. I for one could NOT stop reading this book. Though the 600 pages in this book may seem intimidating, they fly by. If you like the categories listed up above—sentence #2—, then I would definitely recommend that you get this book.
This will go as one of my favorites among Grisham's books. It has all the typical scenarios for a legal thriller. A lawyer fresh from school and a successful bar exam representing a lowly family in an insurance claim case, pitted against a big shot from a prestigious and lofty law firm representing one of the biggest insurance companies in America. It's David versus Goliath!
I love legal thrillers, and however typical they are, just give me a good story, and I'll be content and would probably have nothing but praises in the end. This is one such good story. The groundwork was properly set at the beginning, there were the ups and downs of a startup lawyer; the high energy of the courtroom scenes; that element of romance; the humor spread here and there; and most importantly, a firm conclusion.
More than this, I love the realistic characters and scenarios, most especially the emotional highs that emanated from winning a record verdict, only to be sent crashing back on the ground mere days afterwards.
I've reviewed and hated a couple of Grisham's books in the past, but this one, I love!
I usually read non-fiction but it's always fun to read a Grisham book for a break from the more serious stuff I read. An easy lite read thats well written and keeps me wanting to keep reading into the evening. Hard to put down; it was recommended to me and I liked it; so check it out.
Grisham writes great stories, and I've read almost all of them. However, he sure has a way of putting crap endings to his works. Interesting, engrossing, everything is going great -- then thud. He ruins the story by having it fall apart at the end (again -- count on it). Gets kind of predictable -- and tiring.
To begine with, don't go by the movie with Matt Daymon when judging this book. It's a real page turner. The story is compelling, the characters are great and Mr. Grisham really knows how to write. Good writing makes for good reading and this book really proves that point. as a result of reading this book, I have started reading his other works. I'll keep you posted on how that works out. But for now, it's "A Time to Kill"!