The Rooster Bar - John Grisham

The Rooster Bar

By John Grisham

  • Release Date: 2017-10-24
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
The Rooster Bar book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 1,888 Ratings)

The Rooster Bar John Grisham Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham’s newest legal thriller takes you inside a law firm that’s on shaky ground.

“[A] buoyant, mischievous thriller . . . Grisham writes in such an inventive spirit. . . . A treat.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
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.
“Satisfying . . . Grisham [is] at his best when he brings his sardonic sense of humor to the sometimes questionable ethics of law and banking.”—USA Today
“[A] smartly told tale . . . gratifying and all-too-real.”—The Washington Post

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User reviews about this book

  • Could not finish

    By little buck 10
    Book was the worst Grisham has written too date. Finally gave up about a third way thru the book.
  • quite depressing

    By dorsgm8
    this book takes an unilaterally cynical view of the education, judicial and immigration system in the US. DON’T GET ME WRONG: all of these systems are broken. Yes, student debt is a problem, and education is too expensive, but the idea that suicide or crime is the only solution is extreme to say the least. Grisham usually points out the faults in society and provides a creative solution. While entertaining to read at times, this one just leaves the reader sad. No bright star. Pick a different Grisham in my opinion.
  • Disappointing

    By Owaller01
    Grisham used to be a great writer and I really enjoyed his earlier works. This particular book, frankly, stunk.
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    By Norminsky
    Author is getting by on his name. He actually apologizes after the end of the book.
  • Where did Grisham go?

    By JCinNC1968
    Can’t believe this is the same author who wrote the books I’ve enjoyed so much over the years. The back and forth conversations were forced and did not flow. Get back to the basics and give us something worth reading please. DISAPPOINTED!
  • Chicken bar

    By Tucson reader
    What the heck? Dumb students, sign loans to pay for law school and run away from them? There had to be a better idea. Ending makes you think they got away with it. Hiding in Africa is better than facing facts! Seriously, not the Grisham I used to read. And I’m done.
  • The Rooster Bar

    By ThickDon
    As a diehard John Grisham fan, I am thoroughly disappointed in this novel. I recently saw him during a television interview-and he seemed to gloat at the fact that his books are often automatically successful. I think he was alluding to the fact that he does not have to do book tours. Well Mr. Grisham-it’s time to go back to the drawing board because this book was certainly lacking. It lacks substance, the characters had no depth, and I’m not even quite sure if the sequence of events were actually accurate. Many of them certainly weren’t believable. I think I’ll take a break and postpone the reading of the next Grisham novel for right now.
  • The Rooster Bar

    By Follow up?
    Not even close to his usual work. Very boring and predictable. Sad to know he would be happy putting out this subpar book.😒
  • Uninspired, unbelievable, and disappointing

    By EmmasDAD422
    Highly disappointed; I feel like one of the clients that end up being scammed by this book’s main characters. It’s hard to find a place to begin, with so many aspects being sub-par. The plot was incredibly simplistic and vague. A lot of “action” takes place in this book, but none of it is described with any detail, or attached to a single clear theme. No time or effort seemed to have been put into making the various settings unique or interesting. Washington D.C., Barbados, Africa, are all very different, wonderful places, and I was unable to “see” any of them based on the author’s (lack of) description. The dialogue among the characters was canned, predictable, and corny. The conclusion was rushed and anti-climactic. In summary, I feel justified in saying that I regret spending a dime on this amateurish book. This book makes everything written by Dean Koontz seem fresh and exhilarating. I expected more from the great Grisham.
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    By grabmeandtakemeaway
    I love your books john, but this one kinda sucked. Atleast the ending was ok.

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