The Rooster Bar, due out Oct. 24, follows three students who took out massive loans to attend a for-profit law school, only to realize they’ve fallen for a scam at the hands of a New York City hedge fund operator who owns both the school and the bank that gave them the loans. Hurt and angered, they set out for revenge. “The Rooster Bar is a D.C. hangout for our three down-and-out law students,” Grisham explains to EW. “Two of them are ace bartenders and swap work for rent.”
Grisham often chooses an issue to champion in his novels, and student debt is particularly topical right now. “The issue is very timely, especially when used in the context of for-profit colleges,” he says. “Student debt is at a crisis point.”
The author just wrapped his first book tour in 25 years, which he says was “a richly rewarding experience.” “I enjoyed meeting the people and saying thanks for their support all these years,” he says. “Also, I love bookstores, and it’s always interesting to visit new ones.” Grisham also turned recorded conversations with fellow authors on his tour stops into a podcast called, appropriately, Book Tour with John Grisham. “The podcasts were great fun,” he says. “I met some of my favorite writers, and it was a treat to talk about their work.”
Below, EW can exclusively reveal The Rooster Bar‘s cover. The book is available for pre-order now.