The Chamber

The Chamber

Book - 1994 | 1st ed
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In 1967 in Greenville, Mississippi, known Klan member Sam Cayhall is accused of bombing the law offices of Jewish civil rights activist Marvin Kramer, killing Kramer's two sons. Cayhall's first trial, with an all-white jury and a Klan rally outside the courthouse, ends in a hung jury; the retrial six months later has the same outcome. Twelve years later an ambitious district attorney in Greenville reopens the case. Much has changed since 1967, and this time, with a jury of eight whites and four blacks, Cayhall is convicted. He is transferred to the state penitentiary at Parchman to await execution on death row. In 1990, in the huge Chicago law firm of Kravitz & Bane, a young lawyer named Adam Hall asks to work on the Cayhall case, which the firm has handled on a pro bono basis for years. But the case is all but lost and time is running out: within weeks Sam Cayhall will finally go to the gas chamber. Why in the world would Adam want to get involved?
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0385474407 (limited edition)
0385474393 (large print)
0385424728
Branch Call Number: FIC GRISHAM
Characteristics: 486 p

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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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