The Rainmaker by John Grisham

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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 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.  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....

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham's The Litigators.
 

About John Grisham

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Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction. Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
 
Published January 1, 1996 by Arrow/Children's (a Division of Random House. 711 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Education & Reference, Crime. Fiction
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Grisham's intricate, spellbinding sixth novel differs from his last few--it's his only book with first-person narration and his first since his debut to be set in a courtroom--but the trademark Grisha

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Grisham's intricate, spellbinding sixth novel differs from his last few--it's his only book with first-person narration and his first since his debut to be set in a courtroom--but the trademark Grisha

Apr 03 1995 | Read Full Review of The Rainmaker

Entertainment Weekly

(Can you guess if he will succeed?) And then there's the subplot of whether or not Rudy can help a sweet elderly woman (esteemed screen vet Teresa Wright, here an old-lady cartoon) wrest free of her inheritance-grubbing son.

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Entertainment Weekly

Any random episode of Law & Order would be more sophisticated than this heavy-handed, moralistic Southern-lawyer corn pone, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

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Entertainment Weekly

And ''what are the odds of the company I hate the most, Great Benefit,'' Rudy asks, ''retaining the firm I curse every day of my life?'' Well, in a John Grisham novel, they're about 100 to 1 in favor of sheer coincidence.

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USA Today

Cynical twentysomething Rudy Baylor learns the seamier side of law;

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Jeremy Lynch

John Grisham’s The Rainmaker is a good, solid film with an engaging story and fine acting throughout.

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Spirituality & Practice

Matt Damon is perfectly cast as Rudy Baylor, a recent law school grad whose first employer is Bruiser Stone (Mickey Rourke), a sleazy lawyer.

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Rolling Stone

The only thing sadder than seeing the director of Apocalypse Now and the Godfather trilogy hire on to film a legal best seller that includes the author's name in the title is seeing that John Grisham's The Rainmaker, written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, really is more Grisham than Coppola.

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Star Pulse

Summary:Francis Ford Coppola is both scripter and director of this drama adapted from the John Grisham novel about broke, inexperienced Memphis law-school graduate Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon), ready to take any job he can find.

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Variety

From Bruiser's shameless leg man Deck Schifflet (Danny DeVito), Rudy learns the basics of ambulance-chasing, which is how he meets Kelly Riker (Claire Danes), a young woman hospitalized after having been pummeled by her husband with a baseball bat.

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