The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780385541176
Characteristics: 352 pages :,25 cm.


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Jan 18, 2020

I just could not stay with reading the whole story. IT WAS SO BORING! No where near any of his other books I have read. I love Grisham but will not be a fan much longer if his books do not improve. Yuck!!

Dec 20, 2019

Half-way through this Grisham legal novel, thought it was likely a four-star book. Then, I kept reading...

Not this one.

Rooster Bar suffers from the same problem as another fairly recent Grisham book--terrific premise, some great set-the-story writing early on and then--the ending is anti-climactic. (The previous book I'm referring to is The Reckoning.) These two books just sort of fade away. No "wow!" factor. More of a "hmm, ho-hum." Well, that's two in a row.

But the premise and sub-plot are great. Premise: fed up, depressed, deeply in student debt, two law school students decide to bail out and...well, trust me: what they attempt to do will have you laughing and turning pages. Not much to laugh at with the sub-plot, a sad story of ICE and illegal aliens (25 years in the USA!) suddenly rousted in the wee hours and detained.

In this, Grisham is doing what he's done quite successfully before--humanize the magazine/newspaper headline-story. ("Before" would be "Gray Mountain", a story set in mining-ravaged "3rd-world" country of Appalachia.)

It's as if the author got ... tired of his story 2/3 of the way through and just dashed off an ending. Which is a lot different than a climax. And that's as serious fault.

Jul 23, 2019

Really enjoyed this book. Makes me glad that I'm not ~$200,000 dollars in debt from for-profit graduate schools. I recommend!

Jun 02, 2019

This is the first John Grisham book that I have read and I enjoyed it. I plan on reading more of his books. Very interesting plot and I liked all the main characters.

Feb 06, 2019

This may not be a realistic portrayal of law school, but it was a very entertaining read. I enjoyed it a lot.

Jan 02, 2019

A sobering read for anyone contemplating graduate school. . .especially law school. While many aspects of the plot aren't plausible or credible, the daunting amount of debt a student can accumulate is very, very real. There is a myth that attorneys make buckets of money. This is only true for those who go to Ivy League law schools such as Harvard, Yale, or Stanford.

Students who attend lesser schools and don't graduate at the very top of their classes often find job prospects grim and paychecks minuscule. The overhead for practicing law, however, can be staggering. Quite frankly, on an hourly basis, it might be more lucrative to get a job flipping burgers at a fast food joint where employees are paid for overtime.

The central characters in this book enrolled in law school with stars in their eyes. By the time they discovered they'd been conned, they had each accumulated staggering debt which they could never repay. While this book is a slap at for-profit college mills, this same scam happens at many universities with respectable reputations.

As artificial intelligence advances, there are sadly few professions with certain futures.

Sep 27, 2018

I like Grisham’s books when I need a “beach read”. As usually he has picked an interesting subject. This time its about for profit law schools and the scam three unemployed graduates successfully pull on the student loan industry.

Sep 24, 2018

I thought the topic was timely and well chosen. The story seemed rushed, characters weren't likable, and story was implausible. I'm a Grisham fan, but this wasn't one of his better works. It had a ton of potential.

Sep 08, 2018

Definitely not John Grisham's best effort and a story (decent but not fast-paced or driven enough) seemingly not worthy of someone with his gravitas. However, Grisham does colour outside the lines and it is entertaining to see how he contends with moral uncertainty.

Sep 05, 2018

I expect much more from John Grisham whom is one of my favourite author.

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