Mastering the Contradictions: John Grisham’s The Rooster Bar
16 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2019
Date Written: March 19, 2019
As did most of John Grisham’s two dozen previous legal thrillers, his The Rooster Bar (2017) soared to the top of the best-seller lists. The novel features three law-student protagonists who manage to bring down the nefarious for-profit law school that has been exploiting them and their fellow law students; at the same time the novel indicts virtually every branch of the contemporary legal profession. In its own way, The Rooster Bar parallels other Grisham novels which lionize brave, resourceful, and even heroic legalists while simultaneously pitching to the lay public’s distrust of lawyers. Without fail, Grisham captures but does not resolve America’s contradicted view of the legal profession.
Keywords: John Grisham, The Rooster Bar, legal thrillers, for-profit legal education, law & literature, law & popular culture
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