#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. Audiobook, 352 pages
Published October 24th 2017 by Random House Audio
Four and a half stars: A riveting read, brimming with suspense and thrilling twists.
Mark is dreading his final semester of law school. He has the bar exam looming over his head, and he is concerned about his supposed job. Far worse is the overwhelming debt that he has incurred over the last few years to attend law school. Things take a dramatic turn when Mark meets up with his friends, Todd and Zola, to help another fellow student who is suffering through a bipolar episode. Their friend, in his fevered state, has uncovered a diabolical plot involving their law school, the bank and false promises to students, all in the hopes of luring more students to apply for loans. There is no hope that they will land the high paying jobs to get rid of the debt, and in the meantime, the interest is accruing. Fed up, Mark and Todd hatch a daring plan. Can they practice law without a license and not get caught?
What I Liked:
- Grisham knows how to deliver a spectacular legal thriller that will keep you glued to the pages. The Rooster Bar is a bit reminiscent of some of his earlier books. You have the fledging lawyers plotting against the evil rich men who rule the world. Prepare for lots of twists, diabolical scheming and lots of gray area when it comes to the law. You won’t be bored with this one.
- I liked that this one featured a trio of law students who were being crushed by corporate greed. The three fed up, hatch a daring plan. Even though the law students do plenty of illegal things, I couldn’t help myself, I had to root for them as they continued to break the law.
- If you want suspense, this one has it. It takes awhile for it to get going, but the final half of the novel is absolutely packed with twists and turns, and a dangerous game of cat and mouse. There are plenty of nail biting moments as you wonder if they will get caught. Loved it!
- It was an eye opening experience to learn more about how immigrants are treated in this county. It is frightening, sad and unimaginable. After you read this, you will think twice about the immigration laws in this country and how they are enforced. Big props to Mr. Grisham for shedding light on the plight of the immigrants.
- I appreciated that the the story was peppered with lots of humor throughout. I especially found myself enjoying the correspondence between the law students and their loan handlers.
- The ending was perfect. I liked the way it all settled out. There were a few things I wondered about, but for the most part, I was satisfied.
And The Not So Much:
- This one is slow getting started. The first portion isn’t overly thrilling, but once the action kicks in, it is fascinating. I couldn’t put it down.
- Some things are a little over the top, and it requires a bit of imagination, as I doubt the stunts the students pulled could be done, but who cares, it is fiction!
- I was disappointed that the story line following the plight of Zola’s family wasn’t a bit more fleshed out. This was a fascinating part of the story, and I would like more information. Heck, Mr. Grisham could write a whole other book featuring the plight of immigrants.
The Rooster Bar is a suspenseful, exciting and thought provoking piece of fiction. I enjoyed learning more about the legal system and the conditions that immigrants face. This was a fascinating and thrilling read, packed full of twists and turns. If you are a fan of John Grisham, this is another winner. If you haven’t checked him out in awhile, this is a fun one to pick up.
I borrowed a copy of this book from the library in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.