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
0385541171
Characteristics: 352 pages :,25 cm.

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The novel has some strikingly well-drawn characters and a plot that edges tantalizingly close to a full-on caper story, but it also boasts some shrewd commentary on the scourge of fraudulent for-profit universities and the disastrous impact they can have on people's lives. It feels like this is a... Read More »


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darladoodles
Apr 08, 2018

Mark, Todd and Zola are devastated by the suicide of their friend Gordy just before they are to begin their last semester of law school. They have also discovered that their law school is nothing more than a diploma mill with only a 50/50 chance of passing the bar. Were they to acquire a job in a law firm, it is unlikely their sizable loans will be paid off before they are old and gray. They hatch a scheme to practice law without licenses and the plot continues from there. The upside is seeing their shenanigans as they attempt to stay one step ahead of the police and FBI while also taking revenge on the man who controls their law school, loan companies and any firm that might have hired them if they had graduated and passed the law. The system stinks and they are out to use it to their advantage. The downside is the many laws being broken on the side of our protagonists and the seams underside of the corporations at the top. There is also a discouraging glimpse into the deportation process via Zola's family. Classic Grisham!

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talk2terih
Apr 01, 2018

I always hesitate to bash a book as I know they take hard work to write and are very personal to the writer. But, this is not a good book. While the reader is supposed to draw a clear line between the "good guys" and the "bad guys", the good guys are such awful, miserable people in most regards, that you find yourself ambivalent about the characters from both sides.

For profit schools are execrable and have received a rich castigation in the media that is well-deserved. And yes, in many cases, lawyers aren't great human beings possessed of sterling moral character, nor are big time banks and private investors plumbing every conceivable loophole. But the bad guys here are drawn with such a broad and one-dimensional stroke that I felt a bit insulted as a reader.

So little of what the main characters say or do is plausible, or even possible, that I found myself throwing the book down in disgust on several occasions. I did not want these characters to get away with their crimes and to profit from them in the end. Do yourself a favor and pick up another of Grisham's books. He has numerous good titles out there. This isn't one of them.

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firefly5
Mar 11, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good read!

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Sodomojochick
Feb 18, 2018

This book was such a disappointment. A trend that Mr. Grisham seems to be following is to make all of his characters morally and ethically challenged. Not one of them is likeable. Not to mention the ending was so totally unrealistic. I miss the old days where there was actually character development like in A Time to Kill. His novels lately are just a running narration. This happened and that happened and this happened. Even James Patterson creates characters that are fleshed out and express some sort of emotion. I wish I hadn't wasted the time and energy it took to read this book. At least I got to read it for free by checking it out from my local library! By the way, I don't normally right reviews, but this book was so bad I wanted to hopefully save others, especially Grisham fans, from wasting their time and aggravation.

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SirRichardII
Feb 13, 2018

Camino Island is a good read but The Rooster Bar is a stinker.

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wavander
Feb 11, 2018

Not his best work... many situations are simply not plausible given today's technology... Any fool with a smart phone can Google the local bar association to confirm his/her lawyer is legit. Also, no way most law students, even those in DC, know where to get false documents. In addition, it is highly unlikely that a $1000 fake passport would pass even the most basic customs inspection at an international airport.

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fiftyslady
Feb 09, 2018

I almost didn't check this book out because most of the critiques were not positive. But I find Grisham's books to be so well written that I always enjoy them, hits or not. This one gave insights into the "law school mills" that probably exist everywhere. The burden of debt that a college graduate comes out of school with is terrible and in this instance, did not prepare the student for taking the bar exam. So no job, or a low-paying one, leaves the graduate buried. For that, I think Grisham is well qualified to write this book and keep us apprised of how many schools operate. Personally, I like this book.

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workhorse6491
Feb 05, 2018

Too frothy and effervescent for me; Grisham has produced volumes of excellence, but this one is far from that. If you check it out from the library, at least you haven't wasted your "beautiful, beautiful" wonderful tax "cut" moneys buying it. Unbelievable, no characters of merit, an story line not plausible, and no real lessons to be learned. I've read Sycamore Row and it's no Sycamore Row.

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Shesuwat
Feb 02, 2018

Did not enjoy this book at all. The storyline was weak, disjointed and confused. It really didn’t come together at all and for the first time, I was very tempted to abandon this book.
I used to enjoy John Grisham’s work, but the last few published have become very mediocre.

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swheeler89
Jan 30, 2018

I am not a hater of new Grisham novels (really enjoyed Gray Mountain and Camino Island), but this story was all over the place, trying to force unlikeable characters into current events. You have everything from student loan debt, to Wells Fargo ethical practices, mental health issues and dreamers facing deportation. Not sure if Grisham actually wrote this one, but its not worth your time reading it. Seriously all the characters were underdeveloped and awful.

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