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Het vonnis (The Chamber) by John Grisham
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Het vonnis (The Chamber) (original 1994; edition 1994)

by John Grisham (Author), Jan Smit (Translator)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In Chicago's top law firm, a young lawyer stands on the brink of a brilliant career. Now twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case: Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. Cayhall has run out of chances--except for one: a determined lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while the protesters gather, and while 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.… (more)
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Title:Het vonnis (The Chamber)
Authors:John Grisham (Author)
Other authors:Jan Smit (Translator)
Info:A.W. Bruna (1994), Edition: 1st, 440 pages
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A good but disturbing book about how the justice system can be bought. ( )
  soosthemoose | Sep 22, 2021 |
Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
After reading a couple of chapters, I decided the subject matter did not interest me enough to spend time in the world of the KKK and legal maneuvering.
The actual writing is par for the course for Grisham: steady workmanship, some nice rhetoric occasionally, and an important discussion of personal relationships in a fraught world. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 19, 2021 |
This book was a complete disappointment. Virtually nothing happens after the prologue. I kept waiting for the main character, a lawyer who is the grandson of a convicted murderer, to uncover some evidence to mitigate his grandfather's guilt. He is hired to defend his grandfather in appeals of the conviction. He repeatedly files appeals, none of which are granted. He does nothing else to help his grandfather. The more culpable character in the murders appears repeatedly, but nothing is done with him. This book is a total waste of time. ( )
  ChuckRinn | Oct 4, 2020 |
Bob recommended this. Not great writing but a helluva nasty story of right-wing, conservative groups being manipulated and manipulating elections for the state Supreme Court of Mississippi (and, around the country) for the benefit of the worst of the corporate bad guys (polluters) -- pretending it's for their conservative causes. It is essentially the same scenario of extremely big money paying for, and never letting up, on witch hunts. For example, in very real life, the Mellon Scaife money against Clinton, and the current insanity with Dr. Orly Taitz and Obama's birth certificate. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
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The decision to bomb the office of the radical Jew lawyer was reached with relative ease.
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The more violent crime we have, the more people beg for executions. Makes 'em feel better, like the system is working hard to eliminate murderers.
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In Chicago's top law firm, a young lawyer stands on the brink of a brilliant career. Now twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall is risking it all for a death-row killer and an impossible case: Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman and unrepentant racist facing the death penalty for a fatal bombing in 1967. Cayhall has run out of chances--except for one: a determined lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while the protesters gather, and while 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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