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Summary

In the corridors of Chicago's top law firm: 26-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.

©1994 John Grisham (P)1999 Random House, LLC

Critic reviews

"A first-rate thriller" ( Sunday Telegraph)
"His stories are ferociously plot-driven: they will keep you awake all night" ( Independent on Sunday)
"Compelling... after 50 pages I could barely wait to turn the rest over... Grisham knows how to tell a story" ( Sunday Times)

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Starts well but runs out of steam!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A character who appears as a key to the subplot that is important to the story, does not get enough mileage and seems to "just go away"

Would you be willing to try another book from John Grisham? Why or why not?

Yes

Which character – as performed by Alexander Adams – was your favourite?

Sam

Was The Chamber worth the listening time?

Yes

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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classic grisham

exactly what you expect from john grisham, a legal story line with a few surprise twists

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My favourite book of all time

Detailed, subtle, thrilling and completely engaging. Grisham at his absolute finest. I was thoroughly disappointed when it ended.

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A big fan

Love all his books and this was no exception. Good story and narrator, really enjoyed listening to this one.

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Not his best

I normally love John Grisham books, but this was a bit of a chore. Not his best by far.

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Underwhelmed

A book with much promise but in the end failed to deliver. No twists, no turns, a story that just went flat in the end.

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The Chamber - Good story telling

The Chamber - Good story telling
Enjoyable book with good narration
Story takes you to death row & the inmates in it.

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Loved every second

I'm new to Grisham, and this is my second "read"......and I am hooked. Fantastic story and superb narration......couldn't put it down! Off to download my next "book".

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Captivating

Couldn't stop listening. One of the best Grishams I have heard. I was enthralled from the first chapter until the very end.

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