Book Reviews of The Chamber

The Chamber
The Chamber
Author: John Grisham
ISBN-13: 9780440220602
ISBN-10: 0440220602
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 688
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 926 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Grisham is brilliant. His experience as an attorney makes him excel at his craft. Better than any "Law and Order" on t.v. Take the night off and read a good book, instead!
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Very interesting, fast moving. Not a slow page in the whole book. Hard to put down.
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If you like legal suspense, you'll love Grisham. Great book!
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My favorite. A powerful story of a man facing the death penalty. Can his young, liberal Chicago lawyer grandson save Sam Cayhall's life? Compelling and moving story as these two find each other. You definitely won't put this one down!
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Mine has a different cover.
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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 bambing 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.
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In the Corridors of Chicago's top law firm. Twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brillant legal career.
Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case. 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.
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Another great story by Grisham. Spell binding until the end.
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i must admit, i've never really been a grisham fan. i gave it a try... i just couldn't get into it.
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Adam Hall is a 26-year-old attorney, fresh out of law school and working at the best firm in Chicago. He might have been humming Timbuk 3's big hit, "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," if it wasn't for his psychotic Southern grandfather, Sam Cayhall. Cayhall, a card-carrying member of the KKK, is on death row for killing two men. Knowing his uncle will surely die without his legal expertise, Hall comes to the rescue and puts his dazzling career at stake, while digging up a barnyard of skeletons from his family's past.
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Grisham is at the top of his game here, and his is a very good game!
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a dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainites
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"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.

...Sam Cayhill 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..."
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In 1967 in Greenville, Mississippi, known Klan member Sam Cayhall is accused of bombing the law offices of Jewish civil rights activist Marvin Kramer, killing Kramer's two sons. Cayhall's first trial, with an all-white jury and a Klan rally outside the courthouse, ends in a hung jury; the retrial six months later has the same outcome. Twelve years later an ambitious district attorney in Greenville reopens the case. Much has changed since 1967, and this time, with a jury of eight whites and four blacks, Cayhall is convicted. He is transferred to the state penitentiary at Parchman to await execution on death row. In 1990, in the huge Chicago law firm of Kravitz & Bane, a young lawyer named Adam Hall asks to work on the Cayhall case, which the firm has handled on a pro bono basis for years. But the case is all but lost and time is running out: within weeks Sam Cayhall will finally go to the gas chamber. Why in the world would Adam want to get involved?
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Excellent book
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I enjoyed this book. It's one of J. Grisham's better "law" books.
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Another one of my husband's books, great read.
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Well known. Read it if you like Grisham
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WOW! It was hard to put this one down until I was done
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This is my favorite of Grisham's books. Chilling and relentlessly suspenseful. It is at once a story of family pain and reconciliation, a depiction of social ills (racism, violence, our flawed prisons), and a primer on the criminal justice system. No matter what your position on the death penalty, you'll find a lot to contemplate in this novel. Recommended.
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Very intense and worth it!
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Good Grisham!
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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.
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I had just read The Green Mile when I came to this book. It was easy to enjoy both. And I learned more about Parchment Farm, which had been a bit of a mystery to this West coaster. And a tale of being the lawyer for a death row prisoner.
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totally hypnotic a book you cant stop reading
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My favorite of Grisham's books....this one brought me to tears. Much better than the movie.
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an eye opener about the death penalty
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woo hoo, I don't even know what to say. This is an excellent book. I couldn't put it down. Very good read.
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26 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. Makes you think about the death penelty law.
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One of Grisham's best!
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Compelling...Powerful Make readers think long & hard about the death penalty.
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Adam Hall is a young attorney, fresh out of law school and working at an important law firm in Chicago. Adam's future was full of possibilities, if it wasn't for his psychotic Southern grandfather, Sam Cayhall. Cayhall, a card-carrying member of the KKK, is on death row for killing two men. Knowing his uncle will surely die without his legal expertise, Hall comes to the rescue and puts his dazzling career at stake, while digging up a barnyard of skeletons from his family's past. This isn't the typical action-packed plot Grisham does so well and readers should ready themselves for a slower pace, well-fleshed-out characters, and heavy doses of sentimentalism.
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John Grisham is my favorite writer~! As with all of John Grisham books (ok, everyone except the Christmas story one!) its a page-turner. This is a story about one man's fight to escape the death penalty.
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In the coriridors of chicago's top law firm: 26 year old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal carrer. Now he is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.
Maxium 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 had 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.
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Twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is resking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has runout of chances - except for one: the young, liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson.
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I didn't think this one was as good as the other John Grisham books.
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Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman now at the Maximum Security Unit at the Miss.State Prison. He has run out of chances for a fatal bombing in 1967 and is now facing the death penalty. His only hope is his grandson, Adam, from Chicago. Between the two men is a chasim of shame, family ties, and secrets - including one that could save Sam's life and end Adam's.
Very exciting book!
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Great read . . . keeps the pages turning.
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Good book!
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Another page turner by John Grisham!
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A tale of pulsing moral uncertainties
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This story of successful young lawyer Adam Hall who seems to be throwing away his careeror even risking his own life by defending death-row killer, Sam Cayhall. One of Grisham's most suspenseful novels.
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Probably Grisham's best. I could not put this book down.
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A classic!!!!!!!!!!
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"A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties"
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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's his.
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It's John Grisham... nothing else need be said.
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Totally hypnotic... full of blooming, echoing prose... scenes unfold and unfold and you cant stop reading.
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A thought-provoking tale...
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Time is running out. typical John Grisham book, about the attempt to save a man from the death chamber
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Makes you think twice about the death penalty.
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Good book!
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Great book, author
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"A #1 New York Times Bestseller."
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Really, what can you say about another great Grisham novel?
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AMAZING AUTHOR, ANY BOOK BY HIM IS GREAT.
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not sure if I have read it or not!!
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A critical look at capital punishment but still a fast read. Interesting Grisham book.
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BIG BOOK - 676 pages .. every one a John Grisham gem ...
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I did get into this book but it was just ok for me.
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Intriguing...this is one of those books that go right down to the wire.
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Loved this when I read it! Couldn't put it down!
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Grisham's take on the death penalty--the grandson of a racist murderer tries to stop his execution.
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A mesmerizing mystery, suspenseful right down to the last pages
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Probably one of his very best novels...
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Grisham at his best.
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John Grisham is one of the best authors! In this suspenseful story you'll keep reading to find out if Adam Cayhall succeeds...
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A lawyer is risking his career to help a man on death row.....which is his grandfather and former klansman.
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A great book.
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Another good Grisham book!!
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It's been awhile, but I remember this as being very suspenseful and interesting. A great read.
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While the executioners prepare the gas chamebe, while the protesters gather and the TV cameras wait, Adam has only days, hours, and 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.
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This Grisham is average....
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Another book by a GREAT author!
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While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while protesters and TV cameras gather, Adam Hall, attorney, has only days to save his client. Between the two men is a chasm of shame, family lies and secrets.
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In the corridors of Chigago'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.
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Different cover
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This book does have a clipped corner.

In the Corridors of Chicago's Top Law Firm: 26 yr old Adam Hall stands on the brink of a brilliant legal career. Now he is eisking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.

Maximum security unit, Mississippi State Prison: Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and uprepentant racist now facing the death penalty for fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of chances - except for on: the young liberal Chicago lawyer who just happens to be his grandson.
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This book is well loved, but is in good condition.