Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Grisham's sixth spellbinding novel of legal intrigue and corporate greed displays all of the intricate plotting, fast-paced action, humor, and suspense that have made him the most popular author of our time. In his first courtroom thriller since A Time To Kill, John Grisham tells the story of a young man barely out of law school who finds himself taking on one of the most powerful, corrupt, and ruthless companies in America -- and exposing a complex, multibillion-dollar insurance scam. In hs final semester of law school Rudy Baylor is required to provide free legal advice to a group of senior citizens, and it is there that he meets his first "clients," Dot and Buddy Black. Their son, Donny Ray, is dying of leukemia, and their insurance company has flatly refused to pay for his medical treatments. While Rudy is at first skeptical, he soon realizes that the Blacks really have been shockingly mistreated by the huge company, and that he just may have stumbled upon one of the largest insurance frauds anyone's ever seen -- and one of the most lucrative and important cases in the history of civil litigation. The problem is, Rudy's flat broke, has no job, hasn't even passed the bar, and is about to go head-to-head with one of the best defense attorneys -- and powerful industries -- in America.
The Rainmaker is the funniest Grisham’s book I have read. I really enjoy reading this book. The Rainmaker is different from other Grisham’s work I have read. Usually, he focuses on one case and the book is all about that case. But, this book focuses on one character, Rudy Baylor. As we flip through pages we will see him developing from another young law fresh graduate who had nothing to a grown-up real lawyer.
Grisham did a great job in adding jokes on the book. I laughed quite loud while I was reading this book. I like Rudy, he was young, naïve, trying to survive, hard worker, and humorous. He often throws funny comments such as, “The coffee arrives, and we backslide into what lawyers do best---talking about other lawyers.”
There was also a bit of romance in this book. Too bad that the woman Rudy chose was … a wife, and her husband was brutal and a drunkard. They met in a hospital where Rudy was supposed to find clients. Kelly got beaten by her husband and she was brought to the hospital. It was funny to see how hard Rudy tried to stop himself from thinking about Kelly. He even said, “A battered wife is a married woman until she gets a divorce. Or until she kills the bastard.”
Even though there were quite a lot going on, most of the story revolved in Rudy Baylor’s case against an insurance company called Great Benefit. I would say that Rudy had enough luck in this case. He was a fresh graduate and he had to face lawyers from a big firm that apparently he hated so much. We will be shown insurance company’s fraud by Rudy in the entertaining way.