In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: Twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case. Maximum Security Unit, Mississippi State Prison: Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of chances -- except for one: the young, liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while ...
In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: Twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case. Maximum Security Unit, Mississippi State Prison: Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of chances -- except for one: the young, liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while the protesters gather and the TV cameras wait, Adam has only days, hours, minutes to save his client. For between the two men is a chasm of shame, family lies, and secrets -- including the one secret that could save Sam Cayhall's life...or cost Adam his. (P)1999 Random House, LLC
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the atmosphere and tension was there from the first chapter,right to the end you were not sure which way it would end
Mar 19, 2008
Lofty Goals That Are Not Quite Realized
This is a book that sets some lofty goals, but doesn?t quite reach them. Adam Hall is a young lawyer who asks to work on the case of Sam Cayhall, a member of the KKK who is about to be executed for a bombing he committed in the 1960s. Why does Adam want a case that is all but lost? The answer isn?t very surprising. The characters grow very little and are, on whole, pretty unlikeable. Tension is missing in part because of the lack of depth in the characters and in part because the case is so hopeless. The framework is there ? the volatile 1960s; the KKK member who might change or might not, but who could be an interesting psychological study either way; a family that could be freed from its secrets or not, but again, it could be interesting either way ? unfortunately, nothing all that interesting does happen, and it?s hard to be invested in characters that are not fully drawn.
Aug 2, 2007
The Chamber, a milestone of true life. It covers some heavy subjects but none the less the author is very specific about each and takes you through life as it was. It's a trip of suspension, assault, and eventually tears. It's a truth of reality of what happens years ago. It makes you stop and trying to get a clear understanding as to why and how people could be so cold and hardhearted. It takes you somewhat into the acts of the KKK. But as it drives on, it shows you how one man accepted all his responsibilities for error and made himself ready to die even knowing he did not want too but except the fact that even if not guilty of what he was dying for he was guilty of murder, not once but many times. You feel how he's changed and how he wants to be remembered but most of all to know that when he died there was someone who cared and loved him that was left behind. This mattered more than anything. To leave this world knowing you were truly loved. While sitting and waiting, he repented and asked forgiveness from God. He had time to think and took it; whereas his lawyer, his nephew, let's us know that his environment did not give him much choice...even though at the end he wished it had and he taken the same direction his son and others took. Walked away. He didn't. Now he had to pay the price. You walk with this man through his last days, hours, minutes, seconds all the way to the Gas Chamber as if at any given point you wanted him freed. You wait for someone to step in and say he's gotten another chance or he talked and gave the name of his partner. It doesn't happen, you follow him to the end of his life, you follow the last 4 or 5 chapters in tears for this man who has changed and become humble in the eyes of God. But with all the guilty he lived with, in death he really became free. It's an outstanding book, I loved it. It's slow but once you start you can't seem to put it down, there's a deep desire to keep going; to know the ending. Will he be freed or will he die innocent as is so much of what is happening in today's system.
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