My decision to become a lawyer was irrevocably sealed when I realized my father hated the legal profession. (from the first line)
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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.
Memphis lawyer Rudy Baylor thought his law degree would be his ticket to the good life. Now without a job, he pins his hopes on an insurance dispute that has left a family devastated and opened a door to a lawsuit. By the time he gets to court, a heavyweight defense team is assembled against him and Rudy is plunged into a maze of lies and legal maneuvering. The case that started small is exploding into a million-dollar war of nerves, skill, and physical violence--a fight that could cost Rudy his life, or make him the biggest rainmaker in the land.
John Grisham woke up at 5:00 every morning for three years to complete his first novel, A TIME TO KILL. Working as a lawyer and a member of Mississippi's state legislature, Grisham published his debut thriller with a small and somewhat unknown publisher, receiving only local readership in his home state. He finally burst on to the national scene with his second novel, THE FIRM, a legal thriller that sold millions of copies and stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for 47 weeks. Shortly afterward, Grisham moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he began working on a series of new legal thrillers, including THE PELICAN BRIEF and THE CLIENT, all of which became bestsellers and were subsequently made into successful films. Having graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford with a law degree in 1981, Grisham went on to base his popular thrillers on his experience as a specialist in criminal defense. His once-unknown debut, A TIME TO KILL, was made into a major motion picture in 1996.
Wall Street Journal
"[Rudy Baylor] is Mr. Grisham's most sympathetic hero and ['The Rainmaker' is his] most engrossing premise since his first runaway success, 'The Firm'."
- Tom Nolan
Los Angeles Times
"Great fun to read...the complex plotting is Grisham's major accomplishment."
Times Literary Supplement
"...what must be the first thrilling account of a civil trial to be written."
"A mighty narrative talent and an unerring eye for hot-button issues....in this new novel Grisham also reveals for the first time a surpassing knack for comedy."
"Grisham's vivid minor characters and near-Dickensian zeal for mocking pomposity and privilege are apt to endear him to his many readers all over again."