The Rainmaker by John Grisham was a Christmas gift from my parents. This legal thriller was published in 1995, and while some of the technology used was outdated (hello, car phones!) the story did not seem outdated at all.
Rudy Baylor is wrapping up his final semester of law school and he’s taking easy classes and putting in minimal effort when he meets the Blacks, a family who has a repeatedly denied claim from their insurance company for their son who is dying from leukemia.
Since Rudy is still on the hunt for his first job, he takes this case as leverage to get a position at a firm. Drama unfolds at every turn until he finds himself virtually alone fighting this case against a huge firm with vast resources.
I enjoyed this book so much! Who hasn’t wanted to throttle an insurance company a time or two? You’ll find yourself rooting for the black family and for Rudy who has his work cut out for him as he cuts his teeth on the case of a lifetime.
Another book by John Grisham that I have read is A Painted House, which is inspired by Grisham’s childhood in Arkansas. Told from the perspective of 7-year-old Luke, the youngest in a family of cotton farmers, we learn about the financial struggles of farmers in the 50s. It’s such a good book, but totally a departure from his usual legal thriller fare. I can't recommend this one enough!
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