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The storyline is original but not strong enough not to leave you wondering if a better one is about to develop as new characters are introduced. It felt more akin to a few weak episodes of "Suits" than a stand alone thriller except I was far less invested in the characters.
I found the verbose repetition of the email correspondence to and from the loan officers to be a frustrating waste of time. It had no real purpose or pay off in the story and felt like padding of the duration.
If you are happy enough with a competently written yarn which you can have wash over you whilst doing something else it's ok.
If like myself you prefer a gripping story where you care what happens next and which engages you enough to give you a break from your day, this one isn't for you.
Three stars overall as there was nothing wrong with the narration and the storyline was well constructed but in the end had no teeth.
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NB This review is from the original 20th October release which was withdrawn by Audible in favour of a newer version with enhanced audio. I cannot comment on just how "enhanced" the audio is but the original seemed fine to me.
Like many I was pretty disappointed with Grisham's previous release, Camino Island but Rooster Bar sees him returning to more familiar legal territory and things improve markedly as a result. The novel was inspired by an article of investigative journalism about student lending in the US. Grisham once again weaves an entertaining story around legally engineered social injustice within the US. The luckless law students entrapped by the loans system embark on some imaginative ways out of the hole that they find themselves in. It's clever writing and displays the author's usual healthy cynicism about the American Dream. I worried it might head towards some kind of US Robin Hood style scenario but Grisham blurs the lines between the good and bad guys to a delicious murkiness as the naiveté of the young mavericks leaves a trail of disruption in their wakes. Ari Fliakos gives his usual assured performance as the narrator and suits the material well.
This is Grisham on his home turf; street lawyers, injustice in US society and some interesting legal procedural shenanigans. I for one am much happier with this return to familiar ground.
23 of 28 people found this review helpful
John Graham has lived up to his reputation and provided a great story, well told
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
How good is Grisham back to his best for this one. p.s follow the money
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