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  • Taschenbuch: 608 Seiten
  • Verlag: Dell (2. Januar 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 044022165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440221654
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17,5 x 10,6 x 3,5 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.3 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (218 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 9.022 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Mehr über den Autor

Kurz und knapp sind die meisten von John Grishams Buchtiteln: "Der Gefangene", "Das Urteil", "Der Anwalt", "Das Testament". Sie lassen bereits erahnen, dass der 1955 geborene Autor Jurist ist. John Grisham lebte in den 80er-Jahren als niedergelassener Anwalt in Southaven, Mississippi, und genau diese Tätigkeit brachte ihn schließlich zum Schreiben. Ein Vergewaltigungsfall mit einem minderjährigen Opfer ließ ihn nicht mehr los. So entstand sein erster Roman, "Die Jury", den er neben einem 12- bis 14-stündigen Arbeitstag vorwiegend in der Nacht verfasste. Diesem ersten Bestseller sind seither weitere Thriller gefolgt, die ebenfalls die Bestsellerlisten stürmten.

Produktbeschreibungen

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Rudy Baylor, a new law school graduate, once dreamed of the good life as a corporate attorney. Now he faces joblessness and bankruptcy--unless he can win an insurance case against a heavyweight team of lawyers, a case that starts small but mushrooms into a frightening war of nerve and legal skill that could cost Rudy not only his future, but also his life.

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"Great fun to read...The complex plotting is Grisham's major accomplishment."—Los Angeles Times

"A taut and terrific page-turner."—Entertainment Weekly

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8 von 8 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amazon Customer am 2. Januar 2006
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"The Firm" still remains John Grisham's best novel, but "The Rainmaker" is far and away his funniest. I have never read a book that better managed to hit my funny bone straight on without tipping over the edge into farce (i.e., John Irving at his best). This time around Grisham's would be hero is Rudy Baylor, in his final semester of law school and required by one of his professors to provide free legal advice at a Senior Citizens home. There he meets Miss Birdie, an old lady who apparently has millions of dollars salted away and who definitely needs a new will, and Dot Black, who's son Donny Ray is dying of leukemia while their insurance company refuses to pay for medical treatment. In the legal world a "rainmaker" is someone who brings in big clients (i.e., big money) to a law firm. When Rudy's future job suddenly disappears in the wake of a surprise merger, these cases might be his ticket to a promising legal career.
The villains are lawyers from a giant firm and a heartless insurance company, which is certainly stacking the deck but part of the fun as Grisham pours it on. As with "The Pelican Brief" there is a bit of misdirection at the beginning in terms of getting a read on the main character. Rudy is broke and has some shady friends in the legal profession, but the bottom line is he is a good guy and he will do the right thing. Even if it means playing David against Goliath in a stacked courtroom where the presiding judge is best buds with the great Leo F. Drummond of the giant law firm Trent & Brent, representing the Great Benefits Insurance Company. But then Rudy gets a break. The presiding judge suddenly drops dead and his replacement, Judge Kipler, is a plaintiff's dream.
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4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 6. Dezember 1997
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THE RAINMAKER is the best book in the world! I loved it! It is definatly a page turner! I couldn't put it down! It had humor, adventure, thrills, excitment, touching moments, and more. Everything you want in a good book! John Grisham really developed the characters well, and you could really feel for them, especially Rudy. I saw the movie before I read the book (because I'd never heard of the book before I knew about the movie). I thought the movie was really good as well, though naturally the book was better. One thing I liked about the movie better than the book was that they made Drummond into more of a bad guy. Everytime Rudy had a major break-through, the other lawyers had an excuse. But in the book, Drummond appeared rather helpless. Either way made for an interesting story! I liked in the book how they described Rudy's school a little, and how he had trouble finding a job. Well, I won't give away any more of the story, but READ THIS BOOK! It's really good!
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2 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 22. Juni 1998
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Having read most of Grisham's work and having undergone a life-saving bone marrow transplant in 1993, I was more than eager to read the Rainmaker. As far as medical accuracy and the emotions that family members and those afflicted with life-threatening illnesses face (and the daily battles with Health Maintenace Organizations to ensure adequate treatment and Insurance coverage), I thought that Grisham did a fantastic job capturing real-life. However, Grisham's story line with respect to the Courtroom was not as convincing. I found myself smiling too much and feeling all "warm and fuzzy" with the incredible success that the young (and inexperienced) attorney Rudy Baylor had at every level of his legal battle (from discovery to the Courtroom). It seemed that everyone from the judge to the Jury to the expert witnesses had an affection for Rudy and after a while it no longer seemed believable. Additionally, while I enjoyed the real David and Golliath motiff, I was disappointed to see Grisham treat Golliath like a bumbling idiot destined for predictable failure. Nonetheless, in typical Grisham style, the book is again a page-turner which pulls you in and hooks you like an illicit drug. In this respect, it is well worth the 500 plus page read but if you are looking for reality, you are much better off reading A Time to Kill or The Client.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Donald Mitchell TOP 500 REZENSENT am 21. August 2008
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We all know that to make a good joke, you've got to exaggerate the right elements while ignoring what isn't funny. John Grisham creates a slapstick winner with a book about a bumbling young lawyer who isn't going to Wall Street . . . in fact, he has to declare bankruptcy before he passes the bar exam.

But don't confuse this book with a humorous book about the law. This novel would have to be toned down by about 60 degrees before that would be possible. This is a comic book version of a funny story about "what if" a law student didn't have a job, any money, or any connections after three years of torts and briefs.

Rudy Baylor is dragged by his professor to a meeting of senior citizens to give out free advice. He meets the meeting's hostess who wants to change her will to favor a television evangelist with her millions. Rudy also meets the parents of a young man who will die from leukemia because the insurance company wouldn't pay for a bone marrow transplant.

This all seems like a pleasant way to spend a few hours finishing a class until Rudy's promised job evaporates in a shotgun law firm merger. Now, he tries to trade off his leads into some cash and some work. The complications are unexpected, unrealistic, and slapstick funny. There's a sweetness to Rudy's character that you won't find in many real lawyers that makes the book work.

I found myself wondering what pratfalls John Grisham would foist on poor Rudy next. That was a major part of the attraction of the story.

If you hate lawyers and insurance companies, you'll find nothing to discourage either view in this jaundiced critique of the legal profession.

But you'll have some smiles and chuckles along the way, neither of which would happen if there were any real lawyers around.
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