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The Rainmaker (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. Januar 1996

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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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"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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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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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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Rudy Baylor is a rookie lawyer who is almost broke. The first case he ever bags is a doozy. It is a bad faith case against a big insurance company. The insurance company could have saved a life if they had not denied a valid claim. Rudy Baylor's story is told in first person, using the simple present tense all through the book. Maintaining the interest of the reader throughout the substantially lengthy story using this kind of comparatively uncommon style of writing is indeed a feat and only a very confident writer would dare attempt it. John Grisham dares - and succeeds. The book starts by giving some background about Rudy Baylor. From there on, the plot threads off in diverse and interesting directions. The longest thread is of course the one about the insurance case. It occupies more than half the book. The next most prominent thread concerns the love affair of Rudy with Kelly, who is a young girl married to an abusing husband. The other plot threads involve Rudy's financial troubles, his relationships with various people: his business partner named Deck, an old lady nicknamed Birdy, two underworld characters called Bruiser and the Prince, and other assorted characters. The book has a lot going for it. It is well-paced. There is no lapse of interest at any time. The courtroom scenes are relentlessly gripping. The legal machinery is depicted with authority, and why not? Mr Grisham was a lawyer himself. The novel has no sleazy sex and it has a dash of idealism; two features that are becoming very rare in the best-selling fiction of today. Well done, Mr Grisham. The only gripes, and minor ones, that I have about the novel are two. First, in the initial part of the book, the writing is not tight.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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