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.
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.
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385541176
0385541171
Characteristics: 352 pages ; 25 cm

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MikeHanafin
Jul 20, 2018

John Grisham's "vacation from writing John Grisham books" is over, as he is back to writing his typical 'legal thrillers'. Inspired by a 2014 magazine expose called "The Law School Scam", he takes aim at shady for-profit law schools, and the just-as-shady student debt system. I enjoyed the book, but clearly his best work is far behind him. Which is ok too. How many times can you write something as good as "The Firm"?

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Bebesarah
Jun 29, 2018

Another poorly written story - what has happened to Grisham? His characters are morally suspect, not at all well developed, and just unlikeable. I give him credit for exposing diploma mills and the outright con game that schools play with unsuspecting students who end up with unsurmontable debt and little chance of getting decently paid jobs. Also, the deplorable scam companies that service this debt - in which the US government is culpable. It's just as literature, it is a poor attempt.

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NRBBrady
Jun 05, 2018

This was not one of this author's better efforts. It was tedious in many chapters, and hard to follow as a result. I did stick it out to the end so it wasn't totally horrible, but I sure thought about giving up several times! The ending was, I guess, satisfactory, but not very believable. Hope he comes up with a better idea for his next effort. Generally I do enjoy this author's works, so I will give him another chance.

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jcttucker
Jun 02, 2018

A slow start that went downhill quickly. After reading halfway through the book I believed I was wasting my time and returned it to the library. His writing is either really good or really bad. Some of his best writing is diminished by quickly ending the book either to meet a deadline or just to get it done...

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ailenemc
May 26, 2018

Very disappointed with this book. Author must have been in a dark place to write this. Trying too hard to make a political statement about abuses in student loans and banking and in doing so loses his audience. More of an opinion piece than a good story.

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JILLYJELLY
May 08, 2018

I loved this book! A great, sort of easy read. Amusing and you're rooting for them all the way.

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fred98115
May 04, 2018

Lesser effort by the author. Three law school dropouts practice law without a license and bring down a scam involving schools and banks. Reveals sordid side of school debt on students. Trite plot.

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lpreston214
May 04, 2018

This book was just ok. I think Grisham missed an opportunity to explore for-profit school rip-offs a little more. I would have loved to have seen the protagonists somehow bilk the school for money more directly. How they got their money is just confusing and when they decide to practice law without a license that's confusing too. Grisham's successes are based solely on plot and this one was a bit lacking.

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sklance
May 02, 2018

This was an enjoyable read but only if you suspended disbelief. The only person in the book with any kind of moral character was Zola Maal. Things picked up enough in the last quarter or so of the book to make it an enjoyable read. The one thing I would commend the author for would be his bringing attention to the deplorable state of higher education in this country which seems to be all about how much government money that colleges and universities can glom onto. Also the false premise that has been sold that everyone needs a college education. Just another symptom of the greed and corruption endemic in our decaying culture. Otherwise, John Grisham, like so many best-selling authors of long standing who write pop fiction, just seems to be phoning it in these days.

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TRoake
May 02, 2018

A literary equivalent of fake news (not the kind the person elected by the electoral college refers to, but genuine false news). A possible exception can be found in his Author's Note: "As usual, I played fast and loose with reality, especially the legal stuff. Laws, courthouses, procedures, statutes, firms, ... all have been fictionalized at will to suit the story." As one who practiced securities litigation (defense side) for many years, Grisham's depiction of how class actions work is ludicrous -- firms are not required to nor do they sign up "thousands" of clients to file a class action. I find it difficult to believe that he ran any of this nonsense by any lawyer with knowledge of the rules of civil procedure or experience in class actions. I suspect that many reading this stuff will think that this stuff is true, and for that, we all suffer. Further, writing is not Grishham's strong suit.

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