John Grisham's "vacation from writing John Grisham books" is over, as he is back to writing his typical 'legal thrillers'. Inspired by a 2014 magazine expose called "The Law School Scam", he takes aim at shady for-profit law schools, and the just-as-shady student debt system. I enjoyed the book, but clearly his best work is far behind him. Which is ok too. How many times can you write something as good as "The Firm"?
Another poorly written story - what has happened to Grisham? His characters are morally suspect, not at all well developed, and just unlikeable. I give him credit for exposing diploma mills and the outright con game that schools play with unsuspecting students who end up with unsurmontable debt and little chance of getting decently paid jobs. Also, the deplorable scam companies that service this debt - in which the US government is culpable. It's just as literature, it is a poor attempt.
This was not one of this author's better efforts. It was tedious in many chapters, and hard to follow as a result. I did stick it out to the end so it wasn't totally horrible, but I sure thought about giving up several times! The ending was, I guess, satisfactory, but not very believable. Hope he comes up with a better idea for his next effort. Generally I do enjoy this author's works, so I will give him another chance.
A slow start that went downhill quickly. After reading halfway through the book I believed I was wasting my time and returned it to the library. His writing is either really good or really bad. Some of his best writing is diminished by quickly ending the book either to meet a deadline or just to get it done...
Very disappointed with this book. Author must have been in a dark place to write this. Trying too hard to make a political statement about abuses in student loans and banking and in doing so loses his audience. More of an opinion piece than a good story.
I loved this book! A great, sort of easy read. Amusing and you're rooting for them all the way.
Lesser effort by the author. Three law school dropouts practice law without a license and bring down a scam involving schools and banks. Reveals sordid side of school debt on students. Trite plot.
This book was just ok. I think Grisham missed an opportunity to explore for-profit school rip-offs a little more. I would have loved to have seen the protagonists somehow bilk the school for money more directly. How they got their money is just confusing and when they decide to practice law without a license that's confusing too. Grisham's successes are based solely on plot and this one was a bit lacking.
This was an enjoyable read but only if you suspended disbelief. The only person in the book with any kind of moral character was Zola Maal. Things picked up enough in the last quarter or so of the book to make it an enjoyable read. The one thing I would commend the author for would be his bringing attention to the deplorable state of higher education in this country which seems to be all about how much government money that colleges and universities can glom onto. Also the false premise that has been sold that everyone needs a college education. Just another symptom of the greed and corruption endemic in our decaying culture. Otherwise, John Grisham, like so many best-selling authors of long standing who write pop fiction, just seems to be phoning it in these days.
A literary equivalent of fake news (not the kind the person elected by the electoral college refers to, but genuine false news). A possible exception can be found in his Author's Note: "As usual, I played fast and loose with reality, especially the legal stuff. Laws, courthouses, procedures, statutes, firms, ... all have been fictionalized at will to suit the story." As one who practiced securities litigation (defense side) for many years, Grisham's depiction of how class actions work is ludicrous -- firms are not required to nor do they sign up "thousands" of clients to file a class action. I find it difficult to believe that he ran any of this nonsense by any lawyer with knowledge of the rules of civil procedure or experience in class actions. I suspect that many reading this stuff will think that this stuff is true, and for that, we all suffer. Further, writing is not Grishham's strong suit.
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