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The Rooster Bar

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2017
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 jobs. And when they learn that their school is one of a chain owned by a shady New York hedge-fund operator who also happens to own a bank specializing in student loans, the three know they have been caught up in The Great Law School Scam. But maybe there's a way out. Maybe there's a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. But to do so, they would first have to quit school. And leaving law school a few short months before graduation would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no.
Baldacci, David — David Baldacci writes high-energy suspense stories featuring corruption and conspiracies. Complex plots place characters in tense situations, which, it is important to note, can sometimes lead to more graphic violence than found in John Grisham's works. -- Kim Burton
Meltzer, Brad — In their novels, both John Grisham and Brad Meltzer portray young, vulnerable lawyers caught in difficult situations, pitted against powerful but corrupt enemies. Fast pacing, provocative storylines, suspense and danger, along with sympathetic characters make Meltzer a good choice for Grisham fans. -- Victoria Caplinger
Lescroart, John T. — John T. Lescroart and John Grisham both write fast-paced, suspenseful legal thrillers that have wide appeal. Their characters are engaging and committed to justice. -- Rebecca Sigmon
Peacock, Justin — Both John Grisham and Justin Peacock portray young, vulnerable (even damaged) lawyers caught in difficult situations, pitted against powerful, corrupt enemies. Fast pacing, provocative storylines, and suspense make Peacock a good choice for Grisham fans. -- Shauna Griffin
Siegel, Sheldon (Sheldon M.) — Both attorneys, Siegel and Grisham write about what they know best. The result are fast-paced legal thrillers long on suspense and short on cliches. Plot-driven and dramatic tales of good lawyers, shady lawyers, and criminals. -- Mike Nilsson
Sheehan, James, 1949- — Both James Sheehan and John Grisham write fast-paced compelling books that are filled with complex ethical issues, courtroom drama, and the pursuit of justice at any cost. They are well-written, suspenseful, and have sympathetic characters. -- Melissa Gray
Scottoline, Lisa — Lisa Scottoline's novels share the legal focus, sympathetic characters, fast pacing, and unexpected plot twists found in John Grisham's work. There's more humor and sarcasm in Scottoline's stories, but they offer a similarly suspenseful tone. -- Victoria Caplinger
Bernhardt, William, 1960- — The potential drama of the courtroom fuels the work of William Bernhardt and John Grisham. Known for their suspenseful, fast-paced legal thrillers with intricate plots and underdog protagonists, both writers paint the often dry world of jurisprudence in bright, exciting colors. -- Mike Nilsson
Martini, Steve, 1946- — Steve Martini's cinematic and page-turning Legal Thrillers may appeal to fans of John Grisham. Sympathetic protagonists people the stories - his novels often feature lawyers as underdogs, fighting for justice. Investigation plays an important role, with actual courtroom drama often taking second place. -- Victoria Caplinger
Lashner, William — William Lashner and John Grisham are masters of the legal thriller. Their fast-paced, suspenseful work often stars attorneys who are morally or ethically compromised by circumstances outside of their control. Lashner and Grisham both aim for high drama, featuring myriad plot twists and compelling prose. -- Mike Nilsson
Turow, Scott — Although Scott Turow's stories are more realistic, and do not move at the same rapid pace as John Grisham's, readers who enjoy issue-oriented Legal Thrillers may appreciate each author's different strengths. -- Victoria Caplinger
Woods, Stuart — Known for his provocative stories and relentless pacing, Stuart Woods has much to offer John Grisham fans. While there are suspense, action, and plot twists in his novels, there's also more sex and violence than one finds in Grisham. Readers who can tolerate this might find Woods a good choice. -- Victoria Caplinger

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