Friday, September 17, 2010

The Rainmaker: Fighting for the underdog

The RainmakerThe Rainmaker by John Grisham

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I like the way Grisham's books feature advocates for the underdog. Rudy Baylor is just finishing law school when he meets a couple whose son is dying from leukemia. In spite of purchasing health insurance, the insurance company repeatedly denied their claim for a bone marrow transplant for their son.

Rudy tackles this case and goes up against a powerhouse law firm with unlimited resources. This book has a lot of other things going on it, such as an eccentric landlady with blood-sucking relatives, associations with underworld characters, and a plot line about a battered woman.

It was compelling reading, but I do not think it's Grisham's best work. The characters are pretty thinly characterized. I found it hard to understand how Rudy "fell in love" with Kelly, a battered woman he met in a hospital cafeteria. He hardly knew her, but he was supposedly in love with her. I found that plot line difficult to grasp.

Overall, it had a "happy" was a solid book, but not a bright shining star. If you like reading about the law, it's worth a read.

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