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Author: Michael Beck,John Grisham
ISBN13: 978-0553473056
Title: The Rainmaker (John Grisham)
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Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio; Abridged edition (April 1, 1995)

The Rainmaker (John Grisham) by Michael Beck,John Grisham



The Rainmaker John Grisham. One. MY DECISION TO BECOME A LAWYER was irrevocably sealed when I realized my father hated the legal profession. I was a young teenager, clumsy, embarrassed by my awkwardness, frustrated with life, horrified of puberty, about to be shipped off to a military school by my father for insubordination. He was an ex-Marine who believed boys should live by the crack of the whip. I'd developed a quick tongue and an aversion to discipline, and his solution was simply to send me away. I'd be an instant rainmaker, a bright young star with a golden touch. I might even ask for a larger office. Of course I can handle it," I say lamely.

John Grisham's five novels - A Time To Kill, The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, and The Chamber - have been number one best-sellers, and have a combined total of 47 million copies in print. Now, inThe Rainmaker, Grisham returns to the courtroom for the first time since A Time To Kill, and weaves a riveting tale of legal intrigue and corporate greed. Combining suspense, narrative momentum, and humor as only John Grisham can, this is another spellbinding read from the most popular author of our time.

Home John Grisham The Rainmaker. The firm name, other than Trent & Brent, is Tinley, Britt, Crawfbrd, Mize and St. John. Mercifully, years back someone opted for the abbreviated version. By stating that the firm name remains the same, J. Townsend has informed this small audience that Brodnax and Speer is so small and so insignificant that it can be swallowed whole by Tinley Britt without so much as a light belch. Here's a message," he says as he hands me a scrap of paper. It's a note to call Loyd Beck, the managing partner of Brodnax and Speer, the man who hired me. The pay phones are in the lounge, but I'm in no mood to see F. Franklin the Fourth and his band of cutthroats again. Can I borrow your phone?"

The Rainmaker is a 1995 novel by John Grisham. This was Grisham's sixth novel. It differs from most of his other novels in that it is written almost completely in the simple present tense. Rudy Baylor is about to graduate from Memphis State Law School. He secures a position with a Memphis law firm, which he then loses when the firm is bought up by another larger firm

The Rainmaker by John Grisham was his 6th novel and is one of his legal thrillers. This story was subsequently made into a movie starring Matt Damon, Danny DeVito and Claire Danes. The book was first released on April 28, 1995. The Rainmaker Book Description. It’s summer in Memphis. Once he had aspirations of breezing through law school and punching his ticket to the good life

The Rainmaker is a 1997 American legal drama film based on John Grisham's 1995 novel of the same name, and written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. Rudy Baylor is a graduate of the University of Memphis Law School.

Revisiting John Grisham: A Critical Companion (Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Writers). Grisham, John - The Rainmaker.

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.
Reviews: 7
Chilele
The film focuses on a young attorney Rudy Baylor (Matt Damon). Desperate for a job, he reluctantly goes to an interview with J. Lyman "Bruiser" Stone (Mickey Rourke), a ruthless and corrupt but successful personal injury lawyer, who makes him an associate. To earn his fee, Rudy is turned into an ambulance chaser, required to hunt for potential clients at a local hospital. Rudy meets Deck Shifflet (Danny DeVito), a less-than-ethical former insurance assessor turned paralegal, who has gone to law school but failed the bar exam six times. Deck is resourceful in gathering information, and practically an expert on insurance lawsuits. Rudy manages to get just one case, concerning insurance bad faith. It may be worth several million dollars in damages, which appeals to him because he is about to declare himself bankrupt. He rents an apartment above the garage in the home of elderly Miss Birdsong (Teresa Wright), a client whose will he has been drafting. Rudy, who has recently passed the Tennessee bar exam, has never argued a case before a judge and jury. Rudy and Deck file a bad faith suit on behalf of a middle-aged couple, Dot and Buddy Black, whose 22-year-old son Donny Ray (Johnny Whitworth) is going to die from leukemia. Donny Ray would most likely have been saved by a bone marrow transplant had his medical claim not been denied by Great Benefit, the family's insurance carrier. Rudy finds himself up against a group of experienced and devious lawyers from a large firm that is headed by Leo F. Drummond (Jon Voight), a showman attorney who uses unscrupulous tactics to win his cases. Judge Tyrone Kipler (Danny Glover), takes over the case. Kipler, a former civil rights attorney, immediately denies the insurance company's petition for dismissal. Donny Ray dies, but not before giving a video deposition. The case goes to trial, where Drummond capitalizes on Rudy's inexperience. He gets vital testimony by Rudy's key witness, former Great Benefit employee Jackie Lemanczyk (Virginia Madsen), stricken from the record, and attempts to discredit Donny Ray's mother (Mary Kay Place). Due to Rudy's single-minded determination and skillful cross-examination of Great Benefit's president Wilfred Keeley (Roy Scheider), the jury finds for the plaintiff with a monetary award far exceeding all expectations. It is a great triumph for Rudy and Deck, at least until Keeley attempts to flee the country and Great Benefit declares itself bankrupt, thus allowing it to avoid paying punitive damages to the Blacks, as well as any future judgments in class-action lawsuits. There is no payout for the grieving parents and no fee for Rudy or Deck. Dot Black expresses satisfaction that at least they put Great Benefit out of business, and that it is now unable to hurt other families like hers. Convinced his success will create unrealistic expectations for future clients, Rudy abandons his practice to teach law with a focus on ethical behavior. Rudy wanting to retain a low profile, leaves the legal profession after just one successful case.
The events in this film are representative of the unethical practices of the insurance industry's denying valid claims of policy holders, hoping that they will give up and go away. As represented in this film, insurance underwriters are instructed to deny rather that pay out. This will generate a bonus for the underwriting department employees and benefit the company financial structure. It is all about the Benjamin's.
Tygrafym
Old but still excellent movie. As an attorney for nearly 50 years, I still recall when I first read this book and saw the movie. It gives insight into the life of a young attorney discovering himself and the temptations that can arise. It also displays the conflict between an experienced defense attorney with essentially unlimited funds and staff at his disposal and an inexperienced and underfunded opponent. The story is compelling of a desperate family literally in a death situation posed against a corrupt insurer lead by a truly despicable CEO. Sadly it demonstrates that in spite of justice on one's side, they may still ultimately lose. Inspiring but ultimately very sad.
Simple fellow
A legal thriller; no violence or sex, but a complex and intriguing story that makes me think about the law, and the complexities of life. Not a nail-biter but a compelling plot that kept me interested page after page. The good guys win, but don't make a killing; the bad guys lose, but are not destroyed; and it ends happily for those who deserve it. I've read most of Grisham's books and they have this same balance between good and bad, and between luck and misfortune; they all seem to have happy endings. They each have a different point of view but they all seem to be true-life stories from the world of lawyers. Grisham's writing style is superb; amazingly fast-paced for dealing with legal arcana, and with just enough irony and humor to be compelling.
Kalv
This is a movie I had seen in a theater at its initial release and over the years I had forgotten how great it really was. Great acting, great direction. great script and spot on production/casting..
The stars, Damon and Devito have a great vehicle for their talents and they mesh perfectly. Jon Voight is a more than adequate villain whose living clones are often seen everyday on the REAL street.
This was several years before Damon, his generation's "All American Boy", decided to pursue the bigger bucks generated by action movies and lost the appeal of someone trying to do right in an industry that wakes up/moves through the day/goes to sleep depending on fakeness. I guess his career stress was similar to Damon's over voice discussions of the constant challenges faced by his lawyer character in the movie and the character's ultimate career decisions.
Devito ALWAYS seems to be way better than we would suspect. He is versatile-- in this film he is a crafty "good" guy but he has made a career of presenting characters you can not take your eyes off of even when he portrays someone who has crossed that moral line with no apologies. I am generally riveted to my seat waiting to see what happens to him.
This movie was moral and compelling but void of the cheap sentiment so abundant in many movies of this type.
Agantrius
This is a must-see movie from FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA's American Zoetrope period, he wrote and directed it and it shows in every detail. Matt Damon, Jon Voight, Claire Danes, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Mary Kay Place, Roy Scheider, narration by Michael Herr...Coppola's dialog and eye for performance, from slapstick shtick to raw violence, it's all there. It's no Godfather of course, the script no Patton, but Grisham has said it's the best film of one of his novels. Damon and Danes are so young...they look like babies. But Voight dominates the whole thing with tornado force. It's like he's halfway between Joe Buck and Mickey Donovan. The man is as great an actor as has ever been on screen, and I've said before in Midnight Cowboy he gives the best performance ever in a movie.