Rudy Baylor is a newly qualified lawyer: he has one case, and one case alone, to save himself from his mounting debts. His case is against a giant insurance company which could have saved a young man's life, but instead refused to pay the claim until it was too late. The settlement could be worth millions of dollars, but there is one problem: Rudy ...
Rudy Baylor is a newly qualified lawyer: he has one case, and one case alone, to save himself from his mounting debts. His case is against a giant insurance company which could have saved a young man's life, but instead refused to pay the claim until it was too late. The settlement could be worth millions of dollars, but there is one problem: Rudy has never argued a case in court before, and he's up against the most expensive lawyers that money can buy.
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good against bad david against goliath yet again another non stop page turner from john grisham
Sep 10, 2009
Wholesome reading for any age.
John Grisham grabs and holds your attention in unfolding moral bankruptcy. At times THE RAINMAKER is quite humorous and at other times sad to know the things families were going through dealing with a health insurance company.
John Grisham is my favorite author. I have all his books and am looking forward to his next publication.
Sep 29, 2008
do you really want to be a lawyer?
Rudy Baylor is about to graduate from law school, and will soon take the bar examination. He has put himself through law school by bartending at a local pub for college students. He has a job waiting for him when he graduates, and he can'r wait to get into the real world and start making some money. He is so far in debt he will probably have to file bankrupcy. As part of a class he is taking, he visits a retirement type home with his class, and views several legal problems brought to him by elderly people. One woman wants a new will drawn up, and another wants an insurance company sued for not paying for her sons needed bone marrow transplant. Rudy leaves the meeting, and finds out the company he is going to go to work for has been bought out, and his position has been eliminated. Things get only worse before they get better. The thing I like about Grisham's writing is not only his story line, but he makes every character so real. This book also gives you a new insite to the life of an attorney.
Sep 17, 2007
Much better than the movie
Rudy is much more likable in the book. This is and interesting courtroom drama due to the fact all sort of trouble ends up right in poor Rudy's face. Parts of the narritive are slow and his romance with the abused girl is cliche, but the story itself is solid.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-03-27 Grisham's intricate, spellbinding sixth novel differs from his last few?it's his only book with first-person narration and his first since his debut to be set in a courtroom?but the trademark Grisham touches are in place. Rookie attorney Rudy Baylor is the customary David fighting a legal Goliath (here a multibillion-dollar insurance company), and the suspense builds with impeccable pacing despite workaday prose. When the modestly sized law firm that contracted for his future services unexpectedly merges with a tony Ivy League firm, Rudy finds himself without a job and bankrupt. Filing a $10 million lawsuit takes away some of the sting, as does a lonely elderly woman's offer of low rent on a small apartment in exchange for rewriting her will. To make a living, Rudy finds himself chasing ambulances for a racketeering shyster, leading to his becoming enthralled with a beautiful young woman hospitalized by her husband's murderous attack. When Rudy agrees to represent the parents of a dying 22-year-old denied insurance coverage for a bone-marrow transplant, he finds that he is up against the firm that broke contract with him. Melding the courtroom savvy of A Time to Kill with the psychological nuance of The Chamber, imbued with wry humor and rich characters, this bittersweet tale, the author's quietest and most thoughtful, shows that Grisham's imagination can hold its own in a courtroom as well as on the violent streets outside. Major ad/promo; large-print edition, ISBN 0-385-47512-8; audio rights to BDD Audio. (May)
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