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Chamber, the (1994) [Novel]
by John Grisham Rating: Weighted - 6.4 / Average - 6.4 of 10 (18 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Twenty-two years after the bombing deaths of a civil rights activist's two sons, the Klansman on death row for their murders is mysteriously aided in his last appeal by a young lawyer in a major firm.

Original title: The Chamber
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryLegal Thriller


  • Cover blurb: "Between the crime and the punishment is the truth..."

Edition #1: Chamber, the

Chamber, the (1994)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: 1994
  • "Totally hypnotic... Full of booming, echoing prose... Scenes unfold and unfold and you can't stop reading." The Washington Post
  • "A dark and thoughtful tale pulsing with moral uncertainties... Grisham is at his best." People
  • "Mesmerizing... with an authority and originality... and with a grasp of literary complexity that makes Scott Turow's novels pale by comparison—Grisham returns." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Compelling... powrful... The Chamber will make readers think long and hard about the death penalty." USA Today
  • "His best yet." The Houston Post
  • "Suspense-filled." The Globe (MO)
  • "Riveting." The Baton Rouge Advocate
  • "Compelling." South Bend Tribune
  • "Extraordinary." The Milwaukee Journal
  • "Masterful." The Buffalo News
  • "Gripping." The Memphis Business Journal
  • "The Chamber is at the top of the list. It concentrates on the moral vision wonderfully... the author is at his best." The New York Times
  • "Fascinating... absorbing... Represents both growth and departure for [Grisham]... I'd bet that even Faulkner would have been proud of the hometown boy." The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "One of his best!... Chilling." The Detroit News
  • "Wow! Grisham never stacks the deck or cheats. The suspense level in The Chamber is surprisingly high... I could not put this book aside." The Flint Journal (Mich.)*
  • "The Chamber does grab hold and it doesn't let go. Part of its power comes from suspense.... More of it comes from Grisham's unflinching gaze on the conditions in Mississippi's penitentiary." The Boston Globe
  • "Substantial... this is serious stuff... He clearly wants the novel to provoke debate... a complex novel about a painful, confusing topic." The Houston Chronicle
  • "Grisham... obviously knows his way through the legal system. He is also a competent storyteller... [a] compelling portrayal of what it's really like on death row." South Bend Tribune (Ind.)
  • "Poignant... intrinsically interesting... The Chamber has something important to say.... A genuine pathos is generated by the spectacle of an old man facing his final hours before being killed." The Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.)
  • "Grisham's novel is as timely as it is disturbing. He combines suspense, the authentic flavor of legal practice and a troubling awareness of the empty spaces in small towns and big cities." New York Daily News
  • "Surprising and affecting... riveting... The despair of prison life has rarely been so grippingly evoked.... This ranks as top-notch Grisham and reveals new dimensions to his talent: the focus on character, the crdible emotion and the simple moments of human connection bear comparison to Grisham's work in A Time to Kill." Publishers Weekly
  • "Intriguing... This is one of those books that go right down to the wire." Chicago Tribune
  • "The Chamber... shows [Grisham] is maturing as a writer and as a storyteller, leaving this reader waiting eagerly to see in what direction this former lawyer will head next." Bangor Daily News (Me.)
  • "Is The Chamber worth all this hoopla? Yes!... suspenseful... engrossing... credible characters... crips dialogue... gritty." Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • "Provocative... gripping... All the elements that have made Grisham a successful writer are here: fine writing, believable characters, social comment, courtroom drama, and legal maneuvers a layman can figure out." The Christian Science Monitor
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