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 Simon on 20-10-17
Grisham Raises The Bar
NB This review is from the original 20th October release which was withdrawn by Audible in favour of a newer version with enhanced audio. I cannot comment on just how "enhanced" the audio is but the original seemed fine to me.
Like many I was pretty disappointed with Grisham's previous release, Camino Island but Rooster Bar sees him returning to more familiar legal territory and things improve markedly as a result. The novel was inspired by an article of investigative journalism about student lending in the US. Grisham once again weaves an entertaining story around legally engineered social injustice within the US. The luckless law students entrapped by the loans system embark on some imaginative ways out of the hole that they find themselves in. It's clever writing and displays the author's usual healthy cynicism about the American Dream. I worried it might head towards some kind of US Robin Hood style scenario but Grisham blurs the lines between the good and bad guys to a delicious murkiness as the naiveté of the young mavericks leaves a trail of disruption in their wakes. Ari Fliakos gives his usual assured performance as the narrator and suits the material well.
This is Grisham on his home turf; street lawyers, injustice in US society and some interesting legal procedural shenanigans. I for one am much happier with this return to familiar ground.
23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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By T. R. Pearson on 08-07-18
Even if you love Grisham - skip this one!
Like many others I end up buying all of Grisham's books, they are a normally reliable read or listen for that long plane journey or train ride. I really struggled to finish this one - it was hard to identify or empathise with the characters - the story didn't grip or excite, my disbelief was certainly not suspended.
In all I got the sense that JG was more interested in lecturing about the evils in society than entertaining us in this one.
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