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Author: John Grisham Narrator: Michael Beck Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750911
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

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

    Washington Post

  • “A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties…Grisham is at his best.”

    People

  • 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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy | 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 Jamon | 1/19/2014

    " got a little preachy "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 Carol | 1/7/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 12/29/2013

    " Fairly week tale with a lot of open questions at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 12/28/2013

    " A must read over and over again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angelo | 12/28/2013

    " Not a great book but a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 12/24/2013

    " A look at corporal punishment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 12/22/2013

    " My favorite John Grisham novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly | 12/15/2013

    " I had a really tough time with this book. I think it was a bit to dark for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 11/28/2013

    " another book that really made me think and changed a few of my views.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Samantha | 11/23/2013

    " John Grisham stinks. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sisikelelwe | 11/14/2013

    " good !! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leif | 11/12/2013

    " This is different from most Grisham books to this point. It's good expose of the problems with capital punishment, and - I thought - better written than most of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/8/2013

    " EVERY book I've ever read makes me realize that there are many more devious people in the world than I care to think. The ideas in these books amaze me, becaues I would never think to do the things that people do (because I'm sure somewhere someone has done these things) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 9/25/2013

    " Can't believe that this was really written by John Grisham--it's one of my favorite stories ever! Very well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 8/6/2013

    " By the time I read this book I was recognizing the Grisham formula - but enjoyed nevertheless the delve into death penalty issues and race that are featured issues of this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lilith | 6/11/2013

    " I haven't read a Grisham book that I haven't liked. He writes a great page turner! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nate | 3/27/2013

    " I can't actually think of even one thing to say about this, even though I'm certain I heard the whole thing as a book on tape on some long-past road trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mari | 8/27/2012

    " I was sobbing. I was given the smallest glimpse of how family members of people on death row must feel. Incredibly emotional. Much more than I ever expected. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dudette | 7/23/2012

    " Twisted, lying and secrets very good.. I can only say that this book was one of his best for me.. you can never go wrong with him on this one "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil | 7/13/2012

    " Only had the shortened Readers Digest version available. Good for a distraction but not a favourite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 5/16/2012

    " By far, the best Grisham book I've read. To be fair, I liked this one quite a lot. There's a lot of internal conflict in each character and enough external problems to drive the action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 5/14/2012

    " Pretty standard fare for John Grisham. It did what I wanted, though, which was to provide an easy and compelling read. The ending is really good, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/21/2012

    " Good book....typical Grisham "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wanderingmindanaorebel | 2/10/2012

    " Very humanizing! One of the ever first novel I got in love reading during my teenage years...And the rest was history...... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/7/2012

    " I certainly had to take a good hard look at my views on capital punishment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 12/24/2011

    " Very realistic. I felt like I was right there in the story. Riveting. I could not put it down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 romy | 8/1/2011

    " agak lupa ceritanya "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/3/2011

    " John Grisham's best book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Earl | 5/4/2011

    " My first John Grisham and definitely not my last. Great work of art. Very appealing. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pacoj | 5/4/2011

    " Not bad i enjoyed how the writer made you have extreme mixed feelings for the poor man Sam Cayhall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glynis | 4/18/2011

    " This was not your typical Grisham book. I really enjoyed it. It took me a bit longer to read than most of his books, but I think it's because the subject matter is weightier. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abhijeet | 3/21/2011

    " its really a very nice 1.......
    i of d finest work of Grisham.......:):) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tao | 3/12/2011

    " Such a good read! This is one of my favorite books because it produces such a moral conundrum throughout the story and really makes you think about the death penalty and DP litigation as a whole. Loved it from start to finish. Very engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Genie | 3/3/2011

    " Not one of my favorite grishams. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 3/3/2011

    " not my favorite Grisham book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/23/2011

    " A powerful book, which should be read after A Time to Kill.

    For me, this seriously challenged my viewpoint of capital punishment.\

    Did it for you? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 2/21/2011

    " This is another book by Grisham that years later is vivid in my mind. I love that the central story focuses on the grandson and grandfather. The main character was emotionally driven and yet very rationally explained--perfect combination for me! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 2/21/2011

    " The middle was bogged down with a lot of detail and I lost interest a little. Overall a great story. "

About the Author

John Grisham is the author of more than thirty-five novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and seven novels for young readers. Thirty-three of his crime thrillers have made the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list

About the Narrator

Michael Beck is an American actor and audiobook narrator. He is best known for his role in the 1979 film, The Warriors. He has narrated numerous novels by John Grisham, as well as Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz and My Life by Bill Clinton. He lives in California.