Book Reviews of The Rainmaker

The Rainmaker
The Rainmaker
Author: John Grisham
ISBN-13: 9780385424738
ISBN-10: 0385424736
Publication Date: 4/1/1995
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 353 ratings
Publisher: Doubleday
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 8
1) I am actually surprised a Grisham book is going to make my Top 5 list of 2007. Oh, but it is. This was a fantastic book. The characters and plot were so well developed, it was really tough putting this book down. The story is typical Grisham. A young lawyer graduates from Memphis State. He has no money and no job. In order to make ends meet, he is forced to work for the sleaziest lawyer in town. But he takes with him a case against an insurance company that, if he gets lucky, could mean millions in punitive damages. His luck is not in his favor when the sleazy lawyer disappears and leaves Rudy and a paralegal named Deck, to start up an office of their own and take the case against one of the toughest law firms in Memphis. Grisham does the layman justice by explaining law in a way anyone can understand. I always take something away from a Grisham book. The action does not stop until the end of this one. And I have to say I was surprised but definitely satisfied with the ending. A must read!
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This is, in my opinion, one of John Grisham's best! Yet another book that you want to read instead of watching the movie!
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Helpful Score: 2
Vintage John Grisham. He's a young lawyer who does yard work in exchange for rent. Then one little case begins to explode.... Grisham never fails to satisfy.
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It is Grisham - what else can ya say? At least this one has an ending and not just a mish-mash of new characters used to disguise the fact that he cannot close. One believable character. He should be tied to a chair and caused to repeat completethesory, completethestory, completethestory 1004 times.
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There are 12 cassettes in this box, it is unabridged, the box says it has a 17 hours running time.
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Another greatlawyer book by John Grisham
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Another great book by Grisham!
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A wonderful summer read.
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Solid Grisham book in the same style as his other work--no big surprises here...
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A real page turner... one of best novels of the year
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Good read
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True to Grisham's writings... Good book
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Very good , clean pages
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He's a young lawyer who does yard work in exchange for rent. Then one little case begins to explode.....
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Another great John Grisham book
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My first Grisham novel--I can't wait to read the others! Truly captivating; I couldn't put it down!
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"Great fun to read... The Complex plotting is Grisham's major accomplishment."--LA Times. Story about a young lawyer out of law school and no job - until, that is, he takes on an insurance dispute that could turn deadly. True Grisham style. Fast paced.
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A typical Grisham novel.
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Books are so much better than movies!
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Another good Grisham book
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John Grisham books are always great reading
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this is a great rainy day book to sit and finish in one day.
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If you've read Grisham at all, you pretty much know what you're getting yourself into here. This is as good as any of the others. He knows how to tell a compelling story from the world surrounding the legal system. There's a reason the guy has made as much money as he has.
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A young lawyer who does yard work in exchange for rent. He has only one job: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devastated and opens the door for a lawsuit.
As always, John Grisham weaves a story more and more tightly until you are entangled in the story and have to see how it ends.
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this was a great great book. personally, my favorite of john grisham's novels.
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A John Grisham classic. Better than the movie. A great read for a long trip on the airplane or train because it keeps you turning the pages. Grisham's details and rich characters are compelling. I definitely recommend this book to Grisham fans or newbies alike!
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Great Grisham as always.
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This has four cassettes and is read by Michael Beck. This is a very good story. To complete law school he has to provide free legal advice to senior citizens. His first client was mistreated by a large insurance company.
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one of my favorite Grisham books. an unexperienced lawyer takes takes on a big insurance company (think David vs/ Goliath).
one of my favorite authors
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This is Grisham, need I say more?
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great. typical Grisham
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One of the better Grishams. Great story!
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in his first court room thriller since a time to kill, John Grisham tells the story of a young man barley out of law school who finds himself taking on one of the most powerful, corrupt, and ruthless companys in America- and exposing a complex , multi billion sollar insurance scam
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Grisham page-turner about a young lawyer against the insurance industry. Filled with Memphis "characters".
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John Grisham is like the best Author in my opinion..Great book.
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another Grisham, good quick read!
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Another great Grisham book.
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How wonderful it is to read a book that has everything. This book has emotion, action and drama. There were parts of the book that were hilarious. It is well written and has those off the wall details that make the book very entertaining. The characters feel real. So how could I stop reading it with all these qualities?
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GREAT story that gets you thinking of how TRUE it could be...FABULOUS!
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excellent read and so typical of insurance companies and what they will do to try and get out of paying a bill!!!!
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Everyone knows that screenplays are not always true to the book or clumsily truncated versions, but I enjoyed the movie by this name. However, the book is one of my favorite John Grisham novels. Mixing legal and insurance (as they do in the real world) and revealing the relationship between the two and the real lives that get mangled in the process strikes an authentic chord with anyone who's had to deal with such issues, and makes the rest of us shudder because but for the grace of God . . . And Mr. Grisham makes the characters easy to identify with or villify. Of, course we are (as we should be) left none the worse for the read and always with hope.
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one of Grishom's greats!
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John Grisham at his best.
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Loved the book and the movie!
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a young lawyer who does yard work in exchange for rent..he does'nt have a job or a prayer except for one insurance dispute that leaves a family devasted and opens the door to a huge lawsuit.

Made in to a motion picture some years ago, as usual th book is always better then the movie.

Great fun to read, a complex plot-LA times
spellbinding- publishers weekly
entertaining-people
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If you read John Grishims books the name says a lot.
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John Grisham is my favorite author. This was an excellent book.
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What a compelling, gripping tale! Could not put it down! A must read for any Grisham fan!
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Another wonderful book by the master of courtroom mysteries!
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Another great Grisham plot... keeps you on the edge!
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He's a young lawyer who does yard work in exchange for rent. Yhen on little case begins to explode....
It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylors shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and puching 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 devestated 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 is 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...
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a law school graduate student, who is scraping by financially, comes across a HUGE case, quite by accident, during the course of one of his classes.
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Wonderful Book! I have reread this several times.
The story of a young man barely out of law school who finds himself taking on one of the most powerful, corrupt, ruthless companies in America and exposing a complex , multibillion dollar insurance scam.
In the final semester of law school Rudy Baylor is required to provide free legal advice to a group of senior citizens, and it is there that he meets his first " clients", Dot and Buddy Black. Their son Donny Ray is dying of leukemia, and their insurance company has flatly refused to pay for his first skeptical, he soon realized that the Blacks really have been shockingly mistreated by the largest insurance frauds anyone's ever heard seen and one of the most lucrative and important cases in the history of civil litigation. The problem is Rudy's flat broke, has no job, hasn't even passed the bar, and is about to go head to head with one of the best defenxe attorney and powerful industries in America.
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Another thrilling boook by Grisham. Rainmaker details once up and coming lawyer Rudy Baylor's involvement in an insurance dispute that ultimately opens the door for a lawsuit.
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Another great Grisham novel skewering a large corperation!
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Tapes in perfect shape, box (cover) is in ok shape. Just to let you know it's not perfect.
Great book though.
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I am a huge grisham fan and he does it once again with this book.
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One of the best books Grisham has written; on my list of the 100 best books ever written.
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like all his works
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Excellent
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John Grisham delevers a block-burster of a story. Can a young inexperirnced lawyer win the case for a devasted family against top lawyers for the insurance company? A good story for John Grisham fans.
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Young lawyer who does yard work in exchange for rent, then one little case begins to explode...Memphis...Rudy Baylor...
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"A taut and terrific page turner." Entertainment Weekly
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Good condition, there's a book plate inside the front (name of "Jen Street")
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He is a young laywer who does yard work in exchange for rent. THen one little case begins to explode...
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 on: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devestated and opens the door for a lawsuit, if Rudy can find a way to file it.
By the time Rudy get to court, a heavyweight corprate 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 was 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...
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It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor'sshirt 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.
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Rudy Baylor, a new law school graduate, once dreamed of the good life as a corporate attorney. Now he faces joblessness and bankruptcy--unless he can win an insurance case against a heavyweight team of lawyers, a case that starts small but mushrooms into a frightening war of nerve and legal skill that could cost Rudy not only his future, but also his life.

Very gripping and awesome!
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Pub 1995 - Summer in Memphis and one young lawyer is in over his head on a case that could cost him his life or let him win big time.
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enjoyed the movie, loved the book. another great read by grisham.
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A classic Grisham! A page turner to the bitter end.
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he's a young lawyer who gets in over his head in a case that explodes into a war of nerves, skill and violence that could cost his life
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I just read John Grisham's The Rainmaker and as I have said before, John Grisham has never written a book I did not like. His books are many and varied and this one was somewhat different than most of his others. Yes, there was a lawyer. He was barely out of law school and the things that happened to him were not typical of most emerging law students. A lot that happened to him was laugh out loud funny and some was very poignant. For me it was like watching a grandchild become an adult and I loved it. In a way it reminded me of The Racketeer, especially the ending. But I won't spoil it for other readers. A great read and much lighter reading than most Grisham books.
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Same book different cover
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It's summer in Memphis. The sweat is sticking to Rudy Baylor's shirt and creditors are nipping at his heels. Once he had aspiraitons of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life. Now he doesn't even have a job or a prayer...except for one: an insurance dispute that leaves a family devasted 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...
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Excellent!
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always a great read
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He's a young lawyer who does yard work in exchange for rent, and then a one little case begins to explode. It's summer in Memphis and Rudy Baylor's in trouble with creditors. His aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life have evaporated. Now he doesn't have a job or a prayer...except 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.
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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 ticken 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...
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Another great Grisham book!
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Great Book
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John Grisham certainly knows how to write a book. This is absolutely one of his very best.
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An excellent book about insurance greed.
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Excellent Story.
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my favorite grisham book
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A great read!
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This hardcover is missing the dustjacket
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Awesome Popular!~
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He's a young lawyer who does yard work in exchange for rent. then one little case explodes into a thunderous million-dollar war of nerves, skillm abd outright violence that could cost him his life.
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"The author expertly crafts the complex struggles of a law school student graduating and passing his bar exam and then taking on his first cases. The book has incredible one liner humor that stopped me in my reading tracks and had me laughing out loud. The characters in this book are colorful and you want to know what is going to happen to them."
- William D. Thompkins
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new book, never read
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The cover art pictured does not match. This copy of the book was printed in Feb 1996, and has a picture of a courtroom on the front cover. Sorry, but I couldn't find this cover listed on PBS
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Found a duplicate in my TBR pile so might as well pass this on along!