The Chamber

The Chamber

Book - 1995
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In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm:

Twenty-six-year-old Adam Hall stands on the brink  of a brilliant legal career. Now he is risking it  all for a death-row killer and an impossible case.  

Maximum Security Unit, Mississippi State  Prison:

Sam Cayhall is a former Klansman  and unrepentant racist now facing the death penalty  for a fatal bombing in 1967. He has run out of  chances -- except for one: the young, liberal Chicago  lawyer who just happens to be his grandson. While  the executioners prepare the gas chamber, while  the protesters gather and the TV  cameras wait, Adam has only days, hours, minutes  to save his client. For between the two men is a  chasm of shame, family lies, and secrets --  including the one secret that could save Sam Cayhall's  life...or cost Adam his.

"A dark and  thoughtful tale pulsing wit moral uncertainties...  Grisham is at his best."  --People.

"Compelling... Powerful...  The Chamber will make readers think  long and hard about the death penalty." --  USA Today.

"His best  yet." -- The Houston Post.  

"Mesmerizing... with an authority and  originality... and with a grasp of literary  complexity that makes Scott Turow's novels pale by  comparison -- Grisham returns." -- San  Francisco Chronicle.

Baker & Taylor
Twenty-two years after the bombing of a Mississippi law office in which Marvin Kramer's two sons died, Klan member Sam Cayhill, the accused killer, has nearly exhausted his death row appeals, until young lawyer Adam Hall takes the case

Baker
& Taylor

Years after the bombing of a Mississippi law office in which Marvin Kramer's two sons died, former Klan member Sam Cayhill, the accused killer, has nearly exhausted his death row appeals, until young lawyer Adam Hall takes the case. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Island Books, 1995, c1994
ISBN: 9780440220602
0440220602
Characteristics: viii, 676 p. ; 18 cm

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susan_findlay
Jun 12, 2016

I've reread most of the John Grisham books, but it's a safe bet I'll never reread this one. I found it very difficult to get through because the main character (the prisoner) was so unpleasant and unrelatable.

FWIW, it's well written; this is simply a matter of personal taste.

A rather simple story of sad characters in a sad culture of prejudice and violence, I had no sympathy for the prisoner nor could I understand why the grandson was working so hard for him to continue living. The drama around appealing for reprieve was beyond comprehension. Interesting as an insight into a different culture but really, I was a small story based on small characters.

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rahmmie
Jan 13, 2015

This book has the ability to put you right into the middle of the plot and you almost feel like you're one more person in "the chamber" at the end. Very good book

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lukasevansherman
Oct 27, 2013

The large print made it much easier to read!

1o43 Feb 03, 2013

The book describes in an awful lot of pages the last minute appeals for a warranted death sentence. Plot had no surprises at all.

mybibliothike Aug 02, 2010

A touching story.Will have you thinking about the death penalty.

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