The Chamber

The Chamber

Book - 1994
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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.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, 1994.
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9780385424721
0385424728
Characteristics: vi, 518 pages ;,22 cm.

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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.

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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rahmmie
Jan 13, 2015

This book has the ability to put you right into the middle of the plot and you almost feel like you're one more person in "the chamber" at the end. Very good book

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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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