- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 1 edition (24 October 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473616956
- ISBN-13: 978-1473616950
- Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 440 g
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From one of the bestselling authors of The Whistler comes a legal thriller from the world’s favourite storyteller. The Rooster Bar a must-read for thriller fans everywhere.
Law students Mark, Todd and Zola will learn the hard way that justice doesn’t always happen as it should, in court and according to the law. Instead they must hunt it down on the streets and in the backroom bars of Washington.
The Telegraph claims ‘no one does it better than Grisham’, Ken Follett thinks he is ‘one of the best thriller writer alive’, and according to Time Out, Grisham is the ‘giant of the thriller genre’. Read The Rooster Bar and find out for yourself what makes Grisham the best, bar none.
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Three law students Mark, Todd, and Zola come to realise their law course is a sham and they have mounting student debts. This friend goes bipolar and commits suicide but not before describing how the whole scam works. They try their hand at being lawyers but get deeper in fraud. Their lives start to unravel and they are forced to escape and hide. But are they able to make a comeback. Will the perpetrators of the scam receive justice and will their friend be vindicated.
This story becomes a bit of a cocktail. There is the usual Grishamesque description of the court system where justice out of control. It seems at first that Mark and Todd might succeed but it is a dog eat dog existence and newcomers are not welcome. Another is the fate of Zola's family who go through the eviction from America process to Senegal. This is pretty unpleasant at both ends.
Another is the complex web of companies behind the law school scam. The company is vertically integrated from governments grants through fees and private student loans and debt collection. Separately providing dubious banking services for the system and the wider community. This is a very strong area and sub plot for John Grisham. It is also sad.
The main story is about the students who turn to fraud to survive. Unlike the big end of town their criminal behaviour is immediately acted on. As they say "why pick on us with all the terrorism and murders that need to be solved". John conveys the sense of helplessness of their situation very well.
There is some redemption at the end. Mostly it is about escaping. It may depend on your outlook whether you see some justice or like me leave a bit downhearted. This is a theme Grisham has used before. The Firm is one example. It provides a chase for keep you interested but the ending while realistic represents the overwhelming odds that individuals are up against and escape becomes the only answer.
Grisham has added his touch to the book so it should be read. I found it not quite up to the bar but still above other authors might do.
Came back to find out the ending & eventually finished, but surprised, as this was the first John Grisham book read that didn't grab me.
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