In John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar, three three-year law students find themselves on the hook for thousands in student loans, and the school they attend is hardly worth the expense. Looking for a way out, they turn to an unconventional life of crime. The only question is, how long can they get away with it?
The Rooster Bar had all the markings of a winner: quirky characters, an intriguing plotline, and a fascinating look at the law. All should have made for a thrilling read. However, the characters are cynical and unsympathetic. The storyline is plagued with technical information that slows the action down. Last, but not least, the novel preaches a political viewpoint that is predictable and lazy.
It pains me to say that The Rooster Bar nearly drove me to drink.