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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63,331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. 

In a maximum security unit at 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 television 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Totally hypnotic…scenes unfold and unfold, and you can’t stop reading.”

    Washington Post

  • Mesmerizing... with an authority and originality... and with a grasp of literary complexity that makes Scott Turow's novel's pale by comparison -- Grisham returns. San Francisco Chronicle.
  • A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with 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.
  • “A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties…Grisham is at his best.”


  • The Chamber does grab hold and it doesn’t let go.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Compelling…powerful.”

    USA Today

  • “Mesmerizing…with authority and originality.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “His best yet.”

    Houston Post

  • “Michael Beck has chosen his vocal style well, purposely eschewing unnecessary adornment and allowing this searing indictment of racism and murder to unfold on its own terms.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review (audio review)

  • “[A] riveting read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tracy Lord | 2/8/2014

    " This is the only Grisham book that I think is worth reading. It actually has a decent plot build-up and an ending to match. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jamon | 1/19/2014

    " got a little preachy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mashell | 1/18/2014

    " In college, I read every John Grisham book available. I loved the story line with the "law" twist and mystery aspect. This particular book held my interested becauce I had always been for the death penalty, 100%. I have a softer view of it now. I can't say it changed my mind completely but I can say that it makes be think about each person and situation differently. It was eye-opening, a great story and an intense read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carol Nain | 1/7/2014

    " I felt it uncovered the issues of racism and the justice system with, of course, the surprise ending. "

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