The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar

A Novel

Book - 2017
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Random House, Inc.
#1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham’s newest legal thriller takes you inside a law firm that’s on shaky ground.

Mark, Todd, and Zola came to law school to change the world, to make it a better place. But now, as third-year students, these close friends realize they have been duped. They all borrowed heavily to attend a third-tier, for-profit 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 specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam.
     But maybe there's 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 would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right?  Well, yes and no . . .
     Pull up a stool, grab a cold one, and get ready to spend some time at The Rooster Bar.

Baker & Taylor
Three students who have borrowed heavily to attend a third-rate law school realize they have been caught in a scam when they discover that the school's owner also owns a bank specializing in student loans, and plot to expose the scam.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of such best-sellers as A Time to Kill and The Pelican Brief presents a latest high-octane thriller of non-stop suspense.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2017
ISBN: 9780385541176
Branch Call Number: FIC GRI
Characteristics: 352 p. :,25 cm.

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0007548100dmw
Nov 18, 2017

Another great Grisham book. Good story, humor and suspense....perfect.

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writermala
Nov 10, 2017

I'm a huge John Grisham fan but I'm ambivalent about "The Rooster Bar." It started out well with the poignant story of Gordy and his mental illness. From there it took a turn which although I was sympathetic with, I could not condone since Gordy's friends were doing something illegal. Yet, the way Grisham has portrayed Mark, Todd, and Zola one cannot but help rooting them on and wait with bated breath to see if they can out-scam the scammers. Not one of Grisham's best but an interesting read.

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jaycrossing
Nov 09, 2017

This is clearly an example of the author phoning it in. Reads like a high school essay, C+ at best. I had a hard time believing he actually wrote this (a ghost writer perhaps). Plot: the scammed becomes the scammee; two wrongs making a right? I realize this is fiction, but there has to be a better and more entertaining way of addressing the high costs of tuition and undocumented immigrants. I could go off on a rant but I won't. Grisham's latest is so disappointing and comes off as being liberal rot-gut. Don't waste your time; there are so many good books out there and this one isn't one of them!

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Butterfly121761
Nov 09, 2017

The beginning I was really excited to keep reading. The middle held my attention but at times my mind kept reminding me the obvious, this is a work of fiction, this is why it is at times unbelievable. the ending was okay but pretty predictable with the exception of the fact that the link to their past at the end is a dead giveaway to their identity.

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22METZ
Nov 07, 2017

Good book but not as good as previous books by author.

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mjk236sb
Nov 06, 2017

I did not enjoy this as much as his other books. Found it to be tedious and unrealistic in parts. I understand his attempt to reach out about how people get caught up with loans and such, but after a while I didn't really care about these characters.

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glory54
Nov 02, 2017

grisham writes a realistic summary of how a mentally ill person can slide down into oblivion and beyond help. it's better than most all I've read. Too bad the rest of the plot can't be praised the same. I'm finding his books slow, tedious and labored, despite the good story idea. (Another is Camino Island). So, I skipped this one after being bummed about the end story of the mentally ill person.

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tjdickey
Nov 01, 2017

Grisham often can be found writing in one of two modes, depending on the novel. In the case of "The Rooster Bar," he is amusing and almost lighthearted at times, with a nearly implausible tale of hustling street lawyers living by their smarts and audacity. But there are also moments, bluntly overt ones, which reveal the other side of Grisham that we know so well, his sense of moral outrage at the student loan debt crisis, for-profit law schools, "Swift Bank" fraud (read: Wells Fargo), and even the deportation policies of the ICE.

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pterry25
Oct 30, 2017

Not his best work. Rather preachy about for profit law schools, the student loan system. Seemed wooden at times.

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knitter2248
Oct 28, 2017

Not Grisham's best. Characters are well developed but plot is just not believable. Grisham does pull it all together in the last chapter. Typically Grisham, it was a good read, thinking not much else could go wrong for Todd, Mark and Zola. It just seemed to spiral downward for all of them ... until the end.

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