Law students Mark, Todd and Zola wanted to change the world - to make it a better place. But these days these three disillusioned friends spend a lot of time hanging out in The Rooster Bar, the place where Todd serves drinks. As third-year students, they realise they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a law school so mediocre that its graduates rarely pass the bar exam, let alone get good jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specialising in student loans, the three realise they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.
So they begin plotting a way out. Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they have to leave law school, pretend they are qualified and go into battle with a billionaire and the FBI....
Ingenious, immersive and page-turning, The Rooster Bar is a John Grisham legal thriller bar none.
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By Darren Kelly on 11-11-17
Not up to Mr Grisham's usual compelling level.
The storyline is original but not strong enough not to leave you wondering if a better one is about to develop as new characters are introduced. It felt more akin to a few weak episodes of "Suits" than a stand alone thriller except I was far less invested in the characters.
I found the verbose repetition of the email correspondence to and from the loan officers to be a frustrating waste of time. It had no real purpose or pay off in the story and felt like padding of the duration.
If you are happy enough with a competently written yarn which you can have wash over you whilst doing something else it's ok.
If like myself you prefer a gripping story where you care what happens next and which engages you enough to give you a break from your day, this one isn't for you.
Three stars overall as there was nothing wrong with the narration and the storyline was well constructed but in the end had no teeth.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Joan on 07-12-17
Did John Grisham really write this?
I have read all of his novels. This one is a real disappointment. Over written, with a meandering, confusing plot, I seriously wonder if The Rooster Bar was written by Grisham. This unbelievable story had more holes in it than barbed wire. The main characters were hard to like, and the book, although well read, was so removed from the authors usual style and standard.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Marisia Robus on 17-06-18
Nice to read a law story again
John Grisham never disappoints. Great read and it turned and ended where I did not expect. Wish they guys could get away with it a bit longer ....... but still enjoyable
By Anonymous User on 10-05-18
Unlikeable characters. Dull and repetitious. The Law (sic) treated like a doormat. Snowflakes welcome. Terrible.