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The Rainmaker (1995)

by John Grisham

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In his final semester of law school, Rudy Baylor "finds himself taking on one of the most powerful, corrupt, and ruthless companies in America -- and exposing a complex, multibillion-dollar insurance scam."

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  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
This is not only my favorite book of John Grisham's but also one of favorite books of all time. The story revolves around Rudy Baylor, who is in his final year of law school and has a good future set out for him, when everything goes wrong. He loses his job, gets dumped by his girlfriend, gets robbed, hits bankruptcy. From here on he struggles to earn respect, fights a case against the biggest law firm in town, which could either make or break his career, falls in love with the perfect girl - all to become the rainmaker. ( )
  pinaki.s | Jul 12, 2021 |
Quite a book about law and insurance companies. It takes a while to get going, but once the main trail starts the book becomes very fascinating. Great page turner. ( )
  madhukaraphatak | Aug 12, 2020 |
I know it's schlock, but I love it. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
Rudy Baylor, just out of law school and having just passed the bar exam takes on the case of the century. He takes on the case of a poor family whose son is dying of leukemia against the huge, greedy insurance company refuses to pay for the expense treatment that will save his life. Eventually the son dies before the trial has a chance to even get started. Its found out during the trial that the insurance company, for a period of a couple years, schemed to deny paying on all claims no matter their validity in order to save money. At the end of the trial, the company had a verdict against it for some $50 million. Shortly afterwards, the company goes belly up and the family and Rudy are left not recovering any money at all.

During the trial Rudy meets Kelly, a battered wife. During the trial they see each other on occasion, the first time was at the hospital after the deadbeat boyfriend knocks her around for the umpteenth time. As the trial nears its ending, Rudy helps Kelly file for divorce, which enrages the husband. The husband gets hit with a baseball bat in the head. Rudy actually does it, but Kelly tries to take the blame. Rudy get Kelly off because of the previous abuse charges and the husband's family threatening both of them. After everything settles down, they decide to drive far off into the sunset to start a new life together. ( )
  krgulick | Jun 19, 2019 |
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When Rudy agrees to represent the parents of a dying 22-year-old denied insurance coverage for a bone-marrow transplant, he finds that he is up against the firm that broke contract with him. Melding the courtroom savvy of A Time to Kill with the psychological nuance of The Chamber, imbued with wry humor and rich characters, this bittersweet tale, the author's quietest and most thoughtful, shows that Grisham's imagination can hold its own in a courtroom as well as on the violent streets outside.
added by a.thomerson | editPublishers Weekly (Apr 3, 1995)

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Grisham, Johnprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beck, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cookman, Whitney G.Cover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Larkin, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leszczyński, AndrzejTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muller, FrankNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sappinen, Jorma-VeikkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Smit, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wessberge, ÉricTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiemken, ChristelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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