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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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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Mar 11, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good read!

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.

Feb 13, 2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jan 28, 2018

I read every book by John Grisham. “The Rooster Bar” is by far the worst. While I was reading, I kept on thinking, something more intriguing, more interesting must come up soon, but at the end, there was nothing, nil, zilch, zero, nada! I can only speculate that this book was written purely for income purpose. It was total wast of my time. I always thought John Grisham is a “best seller” writer who truly actually cares about what he writes, who actually does his research and strives to write something that is educational and entertaining. I guess he ran out of inspirations, the only thing left is greed! He is now too rich to research, too rich to care! Goodbye John Grisham! I have permanently removed you from my list!

Jan 27, 2018

Seemed liked the characters were a bit too lucky. Ending was not realistic.

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