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Number one New York Times best-selling 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.

©2017 John Grisham (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Story=Terrible

This book rambles for about 9.5 hours and then very quickly ties up loose ends and quits. As someone who has been binging Grisham's books back to back, the decrease in the quality of his work over his career is stunning.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Sticking it to the Man


Grisham's skillful consistency is incredible, a writer so creative and talented that you can depend on almost anything he publishes holding you in its clutches in a cold sweat until its conclusion. Before I read this book, I would have omitted the *almost* from the previous sentence. The Rooster Bar is one of those that is interesting... enough. It didn't grab me by the throat, but it does have the Grisham touch of excellence in structure and development, if not in its plot line. The characters around whom the story revolves are difficult to like unless you are one of the thousands that are buried to your elbows in debt from law school tuition. (If so...you will LOVE this). And, even though the author explains the origin of his idea for this plot, it's hard to swallow. The escape plan seemed drafted by Rube Goldberg, each new idea creating a domino effect both impractical and improbable. It's a stretch of imagination born of desperation to even begin to relate to these law school drop outs breaking the law in order to stick it to the man. (Stuff dreams are made of.) The characters and the motivation driving this plot might be too esoteric.

I wonder if this level of civil disobedience would really get so far...and that is exactly the thought that kept interrupting Grisham's hold on me while I listened. I did, however, find the discussion about the cost of a law degree (and many other college degrees) shocking and disgusting, and had to spend time looking up the cost of all the possible professions my kids might choose. It was terrifying and has me clipping coupons and considering coming out of retirement. Grisham fans will still be fans, but for an initiation to this author, or for those only mildly entertained by previous works by this author I have to say...Cock-a-doodle-don't.

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • United States
  • 11-07-17

Not his best

I'm a huge Grisham fan. A Time to Kill was the first book I read. I definitely enjoy the legal thrillers the most. I honestly just didn't get into this book like I usually do. Maybe because I didn't especially like the main characters.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Can't believe this got great reviews

I think this book is a "bus book". In other words, it can be read on the train. When reading text, its possible to skim sections or speed read. Not so with an audio book, unless you like chipmunk voices. Got to chapter 14 of 44. Very slow and dull. Not very good writing. Very unimaginative writing. Gave up. Not a page turner in the audio form.

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Think he was trying for a younger audience.

I usually love John Grisham books. This felt like a older mans opinion on how younger men think and act. Seemed forced and a little predictable. Ending wasn’t very satisfying.

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Decent read / not his best

I'm not entirely sure Grisham wrote this book - after 27 books I've thoroughly enjoyed each and every one but this one was a bit of a letdown. I had 2 issues with this book - first, without giving away the plot (and fully understanding this is a work of fiction) he's rewarding illegal behavior and creating reader sympathy for characters who are breaking the law. I even found myself feeling sorry for them - then remembering their behavior was illegal. Second - the first 3/4 of the book had no real story - you were just following the main characters through everyday life without any sort of mystery or plot development.

I would totally read / buy anything John Grisham writes - I've loved too many of his books to let a single one let me down. In the end it was just OK - I expected more. And again, I'm not sure he even wrote this because it's just not like him.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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The Rooster Bar Never Really Takes Off

Was left waiting for the rich plot narritave, so characteristic of Grisham's work.

Never did connect as the characters developed. For instance there was no feeling of urgency or tension as the law closes in.

As an avid reader of Grisham's work, the overall experience was not what I have come to expect.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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New Heroes?

I enjoyed this book but it was definitely not my favorite by this author. The characters were pretty good and I was trying to visualize who will be playing them in an upcoming movie.......lol. Yes, I can see this book as a movie. Clever and unusual plot.

So I am thinking that these three individuals have become the newest heroes for taking down big banking/rip-offs. I wish them the best with their new endeavors. Worth a credit.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-01-17

Gripping

Grisham weaves his story around issues that come right out of the news headlines. His key issue is with a for profit law school scams. He has four young law students in the last semester before graduation. The agents from the student loan companies are calling them to set up repayment plans on their school debt which is over $200K for each of them. The results come out on the prior class and only half of them past the bar exam. The students are feeling overwhelmed and finding a job is very difficult. The job market is tight and they discover employers tend to avoid the third-tier law school graduates. The next issue covered is mental health as one of the four commits suicide after stopping his medication for bipolar disease. The next scandal is a Wells-Fargo type of customer fraud situation. Then the students do something that is illegal and that keeps the reader biting their nails.

I started this book on my morning walk and was hooked before I got to the end of the block. The book is full of suspense, action and humor. The young law students are believable as is their situation. Grisham managed to easily weave his exciting story around these key issues to make for a relevant story.

The book is about ten and a half hours long. Ari Fliakos does a good job narrating the story. Fliakos is an actor, voice-over artist and won the Audi Award for his narration of paranormal fiction.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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An interesting read

The story flowed,but got boring around chapter 35 or so. Glad I was listening and could fast forworf. All in all it turned out good not great.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful