The Rooster Bar

The Rooster Bar

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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...
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385541176
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 25 cm

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cambridgedon
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.

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Logun
Sep 05, 2018

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

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Truffalo
Aug 06, 2018

A thrilling ride through the our current day legal system. A highly unlikely conclusion does not diminish the entertainment value of this tale.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 24, 2018

As a legal writer, John Grisham focuses on the aspects of life for people who are involved in the judicial system. In this novel, readers are given an idea of the hardship of law school, as three friends (Mark, Todd, Zola) face difficulties studying and attending class, especially since their close friend committed suicide. This event pushes the three ordinary students to drop out in the final year. They face a large sum of debt from their loans, and have no one to turn to. Mark, Todd, and Zola become fake lawyers and hustle quick money in the corners of the courts without actual licenses. The pace of the story varies from a contemporary style to a chase in hopes of hunting down a wealthy hedge-fund operator behind the Great Law School Scam. Grisham does a smooth job in going back and forth between characters, and being able to express emotional tension as well as feelings. Rating: 4 of 5
- @Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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MikeHanafin
Jul 20, 2018

John Grisham's "vacation from writing John Grisham books" is over, as he is back to writing his typical 'legal thrillers'. Inspired by a 2014 magazine expose called "The Law School Scam", he takes aim at shady for-profit law schools, and the just-as-shady student debt system. I enjoyed the book, but clearly his best work is far behind him. Which is ok too. How many times can you write something as good as "The Firm"?

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Bebesarah
Jun 29, 2018

Another poorly written story - what has happened to Grisham? His characters are morally suspect, not at all well developed, and just unlikeable. I give him credit for exposing diploma mills and the outright con game that schools play with unsuspecting students who end up with unsurmontable debt and little chance of getting decently paid jobs. Also, the deplorable scam companies that service this debt - in which the US government is culpable. It's just as literature, it is a poor attempt.

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NRBBrady
Jun 05, 2018

This was not one of this author's better efforts. It was tedious in many chapters, and hard to follow as a result. I did stick it out to the end so it wasn't totally horrible, but I sure thought about giving up several times! The ending was, I guess, satisfactory, but not very believable. Hope he comes up with a better idea for his next effort. Generally I do enjoy this author's works, so I will give him another chance.

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jcttucker
Jun 02, 2018

A slow start that went downhill quickly. After reading halfway through the book I believed I was wasting my time and returned it to the library. His writing is either really good or really bad. Some of his best writing is diminished by quickly ending the book either to meet a deadline or just to get it done...

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ailenemc
May 26, 2018

Very disappointed with this book. Author must have been in a dark place to write this. Trying too hard to make a political statement about abuses in student loans and banking and in doing so loses his audience. More of an opinion piece than a good story.

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JILLYJELLY
May 08, 2018

I loved this book! A great, sort of easy read. Amusing and you're rooting for them all the way.

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