The Chamber

The Chamber

eBook - 1994
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Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1994
Characteristics: 518 p. ; 21 cm

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marywestcott_1
May 13, 2019

In 1967 in Greenville, Mississippi, known Klan member Sam Cayhall is accused of bombing the law offices of Jewish civil rights activist Marvin Kramer's two sons. Cayhall's had 2 trials and had hung jury's. Twelve years later a new district attorney reopened his case. A new lawyer at his firm wanted the case. It was his grandson and he tried to get his grandfather a stay for his execution. Went down to the last hour, but he was not able to help him. During the days , he had come to love the old man.

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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.

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ruthie_60
Aug 27, 2015

I had a hard time putting this book down. This was one of John Grisham's finest! Sad but captivating story that could have actually happened. This book is a must read in my opinion

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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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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