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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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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 |
Readers of this novel will be glad to have a conversation starter in cafes and other public locales, as friendly strangers weigh in on which Grisham novel is their favorite. Otherwise a reader will vacillate between slight interest and minor boredom as they make progress through this narrative. What may help is there is a young Matt Damon movie version; a good carrot dangling at the end of a mundane read. There is also credit for the theme present throughout: being in the minority, but being right about a cause, that can give you the courage to make a difference. ( )
  Meghanista | Dec 7, 2018 |
I enjoyed The Rainmaker. It was captivating and refreshing also slightly depressing but in a your-life-sucks-kinda way. The main characters are developed well but not really challenged much.

As always the legal drama is insightful and I particularly enjoyed the role the judges played in this novel.

I was expecting a predictable ending but like most of Grisham's books - or at least the three I've read thus far - life happens. The good guy wins but not as he expected to (not a spoiler it's quite obvious from the title). Looking forward to devouring a few other Titles by him.

Any suggestions? ( )
  crimsonjade | Aug 30, 2018 |
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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.
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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
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