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The Rainmaker: A Novel

by John Grisham

Random House Publishing Group | December 27, 2011 | Trade Paperback

The Rainmaker: A Novel is rated 4.3636 out of 5 by 11.

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

It’s summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor’s shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn’t have a job or a prayer—except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he’s in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence—a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 pages, 7.5 × 4.1 × 1.42 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345531930

ISBN - 13: 9780345531933

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Order In The Court Hot summer days in Memphis, working on Mrs. Birdie's yard, is how Rudy Baylor pays rent. In this book, The Rainmaker by John Grisham, Rudy is a law student who just graduated and looking for a job. After Rudy has been looking for what seem like forever, someone offers him a job, but Rudy is not sure if it is the best one to take. This book is a great book because it really makes you think. It will keep you on the edge the whole way through. Kate O.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A real page turner Definately one of his most stunning books he has ever written, unlike the firm, this book grasps you from the beginning and never lets you go. It is a wonderful piece of work, truly fascinating.
Date published: 2003-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I don't usually read Grisham but I loved every page of this book. It's witty, funny, suspenseful, and with a very believable narrator. Definitely worth the time (and the movie does the book no justice).
Date published: 2002-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best yet It was simply marvellous. The story was awesome, a bit better than all his other books. If you are a new Grisham reader get this one first.
Date published: 2001-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book ! Another masterpiece by John Grisham. Once you get through the beginning, the book takes off, and you can't stop reading !
Date published: 2000-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rainmaker This book was great, the beginning was a little bit slow . Rudy Baylor was portrait as the average lawyer and the system who wants to get him.
Date published: 2000-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Grisham has again raised the bar for all other authors with this masterpiece. A very well written book which displays humor that was lacking in his previous novels.
Date published: 2000-02-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Did Not Like This I tried a couple of times with no success to finish this book. I preferred the video. Enjoyed most of Grisham's other books about lawyers but this one was too slow.
Date published: 1999-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Rainmaker This book is truly a masterpiece. John Grisham comes through, as usual, with a great piece of work. I would recommend his books anytime.
Date published: 1999-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Rainmaker This was an excellent book that kept me on the edge of my seat. It was almost impossible to put down.
Date published: 1999-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Book Rocks This is one of my favourite books of all time.
Date published: 1999-05-09

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The Rainmaker: A Novel

by John Grisham

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 608 pages, 7.5 × 4.1 × 1.42 in

Published: December 27, 2011

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345531930

ISBN - 13: 9780345531933

About the Book

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't have a job or a prayer--except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.
By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he's in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence--a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land.

Read from the Book

CHAPTER ONE MY DECISION to become a lawyer was irrevocably sealed when I realized my father hated  the legal profession. I was a young teenager, clumsy, embarrassed by my awkwardness,  frustrated with life, horrified of puberty, about to be shipped off to a military school by my father for insubordination. He was an ex-Marine who believed boys should live by  the crack of the whip. I''d developed a quick tongue and an aversion to discipline, and his  solution was simply to send me away. It was years before I forgave him. He was also an industrial engineer who worked seventy hours a week for a  company that made, among many other items, ladders. Because by their very  nature ladders are dangerous devices, his company became a frequent target of  lawsuits. And because he handled design, my father was the favorite choice to  speak for the company in depositions and trials. I can''t say that I blame him  for hating lawyers, but I grew to admire them because they made his life so  miserable. He''d spend eight hours haggling with them, then hit the martinis as  soon as he walked in the door. No hellos. No hugs. No dinner. Just an hour or  so of continuous bitching while he slugged down four martinis then passed out  in his battered recliner. One trial lasted three weeks, and when it ended with  a large verdict against the company my mother call
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

It’s summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor’s shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn’t have a job or a prayer—except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.

By the time Rudy gets to court, a heavyweight corporate defense team is there to meet him. And suddenly he’s in over his head, plunged into a nightmare of lies and legal maneuverings. A case that started small is exploding into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and outright violence—a fight that could cost one young lawyer his life, or turn him into the biggest rainmaker in the land.

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of twenty-three novels, including, most recently, The Litigators; one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and a novel for young readers. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He lives in Virginia and Mississippi.

Editorial Reviews

“A taut and terrific page-turner.”—Entertainment Weekly

“Great fun to read . . . The complex plotting is Grisham’s major accomplishment.”—Los Angeles Times

“The pace is fast, the characters quirky, the result entertaining.”—USA Today
 
“[Grisham is] a mighty narrative talent.”—Chicago Sun-Times

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