This is the first John Grisham book I ever read. I had no idea about his other bestsellers. And this was the book that propelled me into diving headlong into a deep pile of thrillers and fish out Mr. Grisham’s works hereafter.
The Chamber here is the gas chamber in the Mississippi State Prison, where Sam Cayhall, former klansman and unrepentant racist is facing the death sentence. Our protagonist is Adam Hall, a twenty six year old facing a brilliant legal career ahead of him. And he also happens to be the grandson of Sam Cayhall.
While Sam Cayhall tries to ready himself for death in the Chamber, Adam is trying to get his act together and save his grandfather from the poisonous chamber. What follows is a tale of drama and intrigue into their pasts.
John Grisham has a natural flair for writing. He doesn’t struggle to write differently. He seems to deal with moral dilemmas as deftly as he does with legal whodunits. His characters are as real as they can get in a book. One can actually feel for the man-boy Adam Hall, trapped between two difficult choices.
For regular readers of Grisham, this book might not go down as well on account of the slow pace and abundant doses of sentimentalism strewn across the pages. Despite all of that, it’s an equally engrossing and compelling read.
For a lawyer, getting signed on by a big law firm with a paycheck that’s almost indecent to talk in public circles must be a dream come true. Add to that a swanky BMW being leased to you, a lovely home with a decorator, and perks that even some of the white collar folks don’t get and that’s your very own fairy tale in the making.
For Mitch McDeere it started like that. He loved his work, loved his wife, loved his home, basically he loved his life and himself to death. And death it was in the wings for him. As days pass, an uneasiness begins to creep in their minds but McDeere is so taken with his life, he hardly has the time to pay heed to such feeble nagging doubts.
Till Wayne Tarrane, special agent FBI comes along and plants some seeds of information that would make their feeble doubts grow into wild untamed weeds. With the bean stalk of doubt growing larger every day, Mitch does some digging about and opens a big can of worms that’s more trouble than is worth.
Trapped between the FBI and his outwardly calm but sinister employers, Mitch has to find a way to keep his and his wife’s life safe. What follows is a plot that keeps you turning pages.
Grisham is a gifted story-teller. He belongs to the school of writers who stuck to a linear narrative while weaving a complex web of turns and twists. His characters beseech you to empathise with them and, at the same time, marvel at their sheer audacity and genius in executing this con of cons.
It helps that Grisham himself practised law and has a knack for not going overboard with jargon.He is your ultimate racounteur of modern-day legal thrillers.
This is such a bestseller that there’s bound to be a copy of it at every and any bookstore. So, go grab your copy, take the day off and get hooked.