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Rooster Bar (2017) is the 25th legal thriller novel by John Grisham.
Grisham was inspired to create the story after reading an article entitled “The Law-School Scam” that appeared in The Atlantic magazine in 2014. …
I continue to be impressed with Grisham. He’s getting better as an author.
This entertaining and unpredictable plot touches on many current topics including:
- Law School diploma mills
- American student debt
- Medical malpractice
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- Corruption in Sengal
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related – “The Law-School Scam,” by Paul Campos
Another excellent Grisham.
This time a female protagonist – Samantha Kofer.
She’s a young lawyer let go by the world’s largest legal firm in New York because of the 2008 Recession. The one on George Bush’s watch. The one caused by lack of government banking regulation.
Samantha is furloughed. She can keep her health benefits and legacy at the firm for a year if she does charity legal work.
She relocates to the rural Appalachia Mountains in Virginia. A slowly dying coal town.
Most of the book deals with a battle against strip-coal mining lawyers. I found it fascinating.
The book is titled Gray Mountain, one of those that’s been decimated by strip mining.
There are other clients. All too poor to be able to hire a private lawyer. Case studies.
Some found it preachy. It is.
Some found it too slow moving. I’d disagree. It kept me going.
Some critics I’m sure never read the book. They are some sort of Trump / Coal advocates. Lashing out.
Here’s another article telling me I should be recognizing and caring about this Trump supporter as a human being.
But I don’t. He’s wrong. He’s unethical and immoral. If this farmer goes bankrupt due to Trump’s stupid trade war with China, he deserves it.
The same person votes against the social safety network he might one day need. You can’t fix stupid.
Cool kids like Lyft better. But Uber is far more available in far more places.
While both services look identical, there are major differences. Uber is richer in features and available in more cities. Yet Lyft is more transparent in its receipts about the details of a trip …
In terms of ride-summoning features, Uber wins hands down.
The verdict: Lyft wins, in part for greater transparency.
The verdict: Frequent riders will benefit more from Uber’s rewards program, which is more comprehensive and compelling.
What about reputation?
The verdict: Though neither company is innocent, Lyft wins by a long shot.
Where Uber and Lyft are available
Uber has an advantage because of its broad availability worldwide. The company, which has operations in 63 countries, is a behemoth compared with Lyft, which is available in just the United States and Canada.
It’s called ethical action.
If you don’t take action against things you think are wrong, you are partly responsible. You’re an enabler of wrong.
Happily I have no employer or anyone else pressuring me to stay quiet.