The Rooster Bar by John Grisham

The Rooster Bar

“We had a good day and won’t always be so lucky. What’s amazing is the traffic, the sheer number of people who get chewed up by the system.”

Law school isn’t easy. The classes are tough, the student loans are high and then there is the bar to pass. Add all of that on top of the realization that the law school you are attending only has a 50 percent pass rate on the bar and you can’t seem to line up a job to help pay back the student loans and depression can sink in hard. For four friends at Foggy Bottom, they can’t believe the situation they are in with only one more semester to go until graduation. Then, one of them finds proof that one man is owning the law schools and dumping money into accounts with a bank he owns stock in and hires the students who pass the bar into law firms he that he has part ownership. Maybe they could help themselves by helping unveil the scheme this one man is up to.

The Rooster Bar is the latest John Grisham release. I requested the book from the library the day it was released and I think it is the longest I have had to wait for an ebook through Overdrive. A lot of people wanted to read it, too. I’ve actually read a few Grisham books in the past few months – Skipping Christmas and Camino Island. They are all three very different genres of books. The Rooster Bar is more of his legal thriller, Camino Island was an undercover writer trying to expose a crime and Skipping Christmas was a holiday book.

Unfortunately, Zola, Todd and Mark have to try to unveil the scheme by themselves after their friend commits suicide. He was bipolar and off his meds. They can’t bear to go back to classes, so they drop out for a bit and by chance get a taste of the legal system up close. Could they try practicing law without a license? The penalty might be worth the risk and could get them the money they need to free themselves of their student loans. It’s risky as Zola’s family faces deportation to Senegal, but they’ll never know how far they can get unless they try.

Fans of Grisham will enjoy this book. It’s a fun and interesting plot that has you rooting for the characters as they try again and again to do the right thing the wrong way. There is a suicide, description of criminal acts and description of the deportation detention centers, so it would be for high school age readers and older.

Are you a John Grisham fan? Which book is your favorite? Comment below!

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About Sarah Anne Carter

Sarah Anne Carter is a writer and reader. She grew up all over the world as a military brat and is now putting down roots with her family in Ohio. Family life keeps her busy, but any spare moment is spent reading, writing or thinking about plots for novels.