The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

The Rooster Bar

#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 jo...

Details The Rooster Bar

TitleThe Rooster Bar
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
GenreFiction, Mystery, Thriller, Legal Thriller

Reviews The Rooster Bar

  • Linda
    Oh, Grisham......You are like the gentleman caller who promises wine and roses, but in the aftermath, there's a bit of a dull headache and the barb of the thorn.My legs are dangling off a barstool in the ol' Rooster Bar. There's plenty to ponder here. Fellow occupants Mark, Todd, and Zola are in their third year of law school at Foggy Bottom (Yep). Many an individual drowns their sorrows here. But these law students, along with their buddy Gordy,...
  • Matthew
    More disgruntled lawyer-types from Grisham doing questionable lawyer-type stuff. While not quite the same, I am reminded of The Litigators. If I ever really need a lawyer, I hope I don't end up with one from a Grisham novel!This book was like watching a trainwreck and was actually quite enjoyable. His recent efforts have been both good (Camino Island) and disappointing (The Whistler). Luckily this one falls into the good category. While the serie...
  • Matt
    Let’s call it 3.5 starsJohn Grisham is back with yet another new take on the legal profession, shining lights where there has only been darkness, while entertaining readers in equal measure. Law school is a tough beast that only the fittest can survive. However, when Mark, Todd, and Zola arrived, they felt that their determination would help them sail through. Perusing the land into their last semester, all they can see are mountains of debt an...
  • Joanne R. Merola
    Very disappointing Horrible unlikable idiotic criminal main characters; barely fleshed out plot; I had to force myself to finish it. I cannot believe John Grisham wrote this. Total waste of time (and money!).
  • Marcia
    I was so looking forward to this book. I usually love reading John Grisham’s legal thrillers. The Rooster Bar started slowly and soon was all over the place. The social issues , which the author is known to address , were all over the place and there were too many diversions along the way. The characters were shallow and I didn’t like any of them. I understood their plight and empathized for a while until I just couldn’t stand any of them. ...
  • Marialyce
    Well this book certainly irritated me. I can not hold with the idea of would be pseudo lawyers pulling a scam on both unsuspecting clients and also corporations even if they are not on the up and up.Perhaps my attitude toward this book is influenced by the fact that my eldest daughter is an attorney. She worked hard through law school while holding a full time job, passed the bar in both NY and DC, and is paying back her student loans and oh by t...
  • Judy Collins
    4.5 Stars #1 New York Times bestselling author, John Grisham returns following Camino Island with his 25th novel THE ROOSTER BAR — a legal thriller exploring conspiracies inside for-profit law schools and the lives it destroys in this modern-day scandal ripped from today’s headlines.Inspired by an article in the Atlantic called “The Law-School Scam,” a lengthy investigation of for-profit law schools, the author takes off an inside look...
  • Diane
    John Grisham takes on for-profit law schools, and wins!"The Rooster Bar" is about a group of law school students who realize they've been scammed, and then try to do something about it. They each owe about $200,000 in debt, and the job market for new lawyers is so bad they don't have any hope of finding a professional job. Besides, they doubt they could even pass the bar exam because their law school has such low standards.I don't read a lot of G...
  • Donna
    This wasn't quite 4 stars, but I'll round up for the beginning and the ending. I've enjoyed Grisham novels, mostly his legal thrillers. I liked the humor, the dialogue, and the characters the most in this one. The hook in the beginning was effective and pulled me right in. I kept thinking this was the best Grisham novel I've read in a while. That feeling lasted for the first third of this book. That is where the story deviates from the hook and b...
  • Johnny Carr
    I won an advanced reader's copy of this book. It is typical John Grisham and I loved it. His imagination is amazing. I finished the book after work in three afternoons. If you are a fan Grisham, you will not be disappointed!
  • Rick
    Ok at best, painful through most, still not a bad story...I generally love Grisham, especially the legal thrillers, however the best word I can use for this one is lazy, kinda like he wrote part, then changed his mind, then added that part, etc. (Caution some possible spoilers below).For the majority of the book, you're not sure if you even want to cheer for the main characters. They're ridiculously stupid and it's painful to go from one utterly ...
  • Gareth Otton
    How sad is it that Mr Grisham has fallen so far that he can't even identify the interesting elements in his own stories anymore? (Warning, this review contains spoilers)(view spoiler)[I was so excited at the start of this novel because it felt like old school John Grisham. We are presented with four student friends who have all been tricked into taking out massive student loans for a law degree from a joke of a law school that will end up leaving...
  • Cody
    I finished this book in two sittings: on my lunch break and on my bed the moment I got home. I didn’t get up to eat dinner, use the bathroom, anything. The Rooster Bar is one of those books. Like almost every Grisham novel, this is a high-stakes crime thriller . . . but the stakes here feel so much higher than in his other books — at least the ones I’ve read, which I admit isn’t a large number. Three laws students mired in debt without an...
  • Sherri Thacker
    WOW! Another great book by John Grisham but then I love most of his books. Grisham just has a way of telling a great story! Will be thinking about this one for a long time and wondering how they pulled off what they did for so long.
  • Fred
    John Grisham - Group Another great Grisham book with a easy theme from today's "For-Profit Law Schools" (watch CBS interview at the bottom of the review).Four college students are "scammed" with college loans impossible to pay & get their careers started. At Foggy Bottom Law School, they borrowed more than $65,000 per year with poor education. Law degrees take 3 years. Hinds Rackley's Swift Bank has over $4.2 billion profit providing poor Law Sc...
  • Jean Poulos
    Grisham weaves his story around issues that come right out of the news headlines. His key issue is with a for profit law school scams. He has four young law students in the last semester before graduation. The agents from the student loan companies are calling them to set up repayment plans on their school debt which is over $200K for each of them. The results come out on the prior class and only half of them past the bar exam. The students are f...
  • Todd Hogan
    57 years ago, readers were introduced to the upright, morally independent attorney Atticus Finch. He was a lawyer to be emulated. Now, Grisham gives us three morally stunted law students who decide to skip the last semester of law school and begin the unauthorized practice of law. They hustle DUI and small misdemeanors clients by slipping into the zoo of crowded courthouses. They hustle a med mal case involving the death of a child, then they blo...
  • Monnie
    "O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!" -- Sir Walter ScottI lost count of the times that quote popped into my head as I followed the adventures (and misadventures) of law school students Todd, Mark and Zola. Just one semester away from graduation at the Foggy Bottom Law School in Washington, D.C., the friends realize their school is mostly a sham and they're hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt with n...
  • Amiee
    Couldn’t put this one down!
  • Stacy Bearse
    I picked up Grisham’s new novel expecting another top-tier legal thriller. Instead, I discovered an entertaining farce, centered on the law, but exploring its extreme fringes. This is a book that Elmore Leonard might have written if he had earned a Juris Doctorate. High praise, indeed.
  • Truman32
    In John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar we follow the exploits of Mark, Todd, and Zola--three law school students who don’t want to go to school anymore and they don’t really want to pay off their college loans either. So they hide out in the rooms above the bar where two of them bartend in the evenings. By day they break the law by impersonating genuine lawyers to scam some fast cash off the clueless DUI defendants packing the hallways outside t...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    4 starsHere we are at the Foggy Bottom Law School, trying to graduate and find a good paying job. At least that is what Mark, Todd, Zola and Gordy are trying to do. In their third year everything blows up. Gordy has found that their private law school, along with some others owned by the same people, are a sham. Graduates leave owing many thousands of dollars in student loans, many do not pass the bar and jobs are not found once employers know wh...
  • Tim
    Lots of tragedy, especially near the beginning with a rightful twist saving this story from the scrapheap. 5 of 10 stars
  • A.L. DeNova
    Grisham is terrific at building a fascinating, timely and complicated story that makes the reader look more closely at all the dirty tricks done by judges, lawyers and politicos.The Rooster Bar examines the desperation produced by For Profit law schools infecting our nation, the non-Lawyer public and the legal profession.As Grisham carefully and caustically describes we are all the worse off for the new crop of poor quality, morally ambiguous and...
  • Amy
    Interesting read... The characters were sympathetic, yet they were committing felony after felony. Once they crossed a line, it seemed like no one could turn back. I read it in two sittings and didn't want to put it down. One thing I had wished for was more character development of Mark and Todd, as another reviewer had mentioned. However, my interests are more along the public policy aspects of this book and I am grateful for the subject matter ...
  • Wendy
    The Rooster BarGreat story. I'm never disappointed in John Grisham though, I've been reading his novels since I was a teenager. I enjoyed the storyline and wouldn't mind reading another book with the same characters.
  • Tay
    Ok so the last few Grisham books has been more about the character than the story is what I'm noticing. Here we have two quirky characters with a great plot built in. There are some great laugh out loud moments in this book. Highly recommended.
  • Mal Warwick
    John Grisham's latest legal thriller follows a familiar pattern. The Rooster Bar is a suspenseful tale of resourceful young people who face off against seemingly untouchable forces. So far, so good. But the book is more than that. Grisham uses the opportunity to crusade against some of the social ills that clearly irk him. In this case, he weighs in against diploma mills, backbreaking student loans, and the excesses of ICE. (That's the Immigra...