Book Reviews of The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief
The Pelican Brief
Author: John Grisham
ISBN-13: 9780440214045
ISBN-10: 0440214041
Publication Date: 3/1/1993
Pages: 448
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 1159 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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One of Grisham's best...couldn't put this one down ... every page was better than the last ..full of class and suspense!
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One of Grishams best, legal thriller takes you through murder, political coverups, Supreme Court Justices, all at at spine tingling clip...fast, exciting read, made into a major movie...
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A definate thrill. Thsi book is 10 times the movie if you saw it. Intriguing and suspenseful as Darby Shaw realizes she is the target for a murder but she must figure out why.
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Been a while since I read this one, but it was my favorite John Grisham book. The movie was ok, but in my opinion it was a somewhat feeble attempt at portraying the book. There are some complexities (storylines, character development) in the novel that just didn't translate into the movie. Even if you've seen the movie, you should read this one - the story will make more sense!
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The Pelican Brief\" is a wonderful book that contains a variety of charaters and twists that I think everyone should read. This book has just about every element that makes up a good book; suspense, mystery, murder, law, and love all put together in a perfect mixture that will make your head spin. John Grisham is an awesome writer and I look forward to reading more of his fantastic novels.
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Good story.
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#1 bestseller (novel)author who wrote A Time to Kill and The Firm...Her only crime was the truth..two Supreme Court justices have been assissinated..
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Pretty good. Nothing like the movie, but that's not unusual. An "out to get the big bad corporate guys" book, in that way similar to Runaway Jury.
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I enjoyed the movie so much that I wanted more details, such as only a book can give! Darby Shaw with the secret she knew and revealed in her brief has got her in such trouble.
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The suspense kept me up reading all night!
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Some of Grisham's finest wirk. I would be hard pressed to pick out a favorite John Grisham book, but this one definitely ranks high on the list.
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One of Grisham's best as well as one of his very early novels. Excellent and unforgettable.
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As a fan of Grishan, I rate this near the top!
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Another interesting murder mystery by John Grisham. It is every bit as good as The Firm.
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good story. There is enough here to make you worry about phone bugs and private eyes for many a week after reading, but it is a great book!
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I just now got around to reading this great Grisham novel! Really good suspense with strong character development. Made you hate the "baddies" and cheer for the "goodies". Now I can finally rent the movie!
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Very suspenseful.
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A young law student prepares a brief hypothesizing the link between the deaths of two Supreme Court Justices, then must go underground when she herself becomes a target.
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I've always enjoyed earlier Grisham than later Grisham. This is early and engrossing reading.
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In subarban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home...In a seedy DC porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death...The next day America learns that 2 Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. A New Orleans law student prepares a legal brief...
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Two Supreme Court justices have been murdered. A young law student takes a shot in the dark about who might have done this horrible deed and in doing so becomes the next target. Now she must try and stay alive long enough so that the killers can be exposed which isn't going to be easy since the evidence leads straight to the door of the White House. A great read
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A woman finds out that the person murdered was supposed to be her. Very very good book.
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John grishim weaves his tale in this legal politcal novel very suspenseful
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This story is face-paced, with engaging characters. It runs like a movie in your imagination as you read.
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I really enjoyed this book-Classic Grisham suspense.
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this is a pure "got ya" book... where you don't know where its going and you are shocked when he finally gets there... pure enjoyment!!!
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Awesome read!
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A gripping, realistic story.
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Good book.
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I love all Grisham's work. I am not a mystery/suspense fan as a rule (sci-fi & fantasy being my favorite genre), but when I want a change, Grisham is it!
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Equal to Grisham's usual tight paced page turning dramas.
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A real page turner! Riveting and well-written in true Grisham form!
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In suburgan Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home... In a seed D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death...The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief...To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder-a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust-an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter that Watergate--to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctum, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby's brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime.
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Grisham can really keep you guessing! Great read.
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This was really good! The Client is still my favorite, butu this one is pretty close.
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Great read!
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"In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home....In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death...

The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And, in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief...

To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder - a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust - an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak greater than Watergate - to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby's brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime."
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I LOVE GRISHAM's WORKS! This is one of my personal favorites, but it is slightly slower than a few of his other works.
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Darby Shaw is a clever student who attends Tulane Law School. Her boyfriend is a Law Professor named Thomas. Shaw decides to find out why two US Supreme Court justices were murdered on the same day. She finds out that both Justices shared a love for protecting the environment. Then Shaw sets out to find who would benefit the most from the two deaths. She finds an industrialist who has big development plans. Then Shaw writes the Pelican Brief which is circulated by the FBI who do not put much stock in it. The brief going public tells the bad guys who Shaw is. A car bomb meant for Shaw takes out her boyfriend Thomas. The suspense mounts as Shaw is helped by Washington Post reporter Gray Grantham.
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Two supreme court justices are murdered and a young law student writes a brief that sends her running for her life.
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One of his Best!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The action begins with the fierce assassinations of two Supreme Court justices. Too unlikely to be coincidental, the murders have no identifiable connection until a young law student uncovers a hidden link, exposing herself and those around her to deadly consequences. Heald uses the flexibility of his voice to conjure up a large cast of diverse characters. He crafts his delivery expertly, heightening the already substantial suspense and carrying the story to its dramatic conclusion.
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A John Grisham book is always good, but this wasn't my favorite. There were SO MANY CHARACTERS introducted, at least 30, that I had to start writing down who everybody was and refer back to it.
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The book is so much better than the movie!! Very well written!
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Grisham does it again!! A great book and a powerful movie. Two muders in D.C. and it spurs Darby Shaw to do her own investigation.
She turns over one too many stones and becomes the focus of being eliminated.
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Very good book and much better than the movie version!
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Good story, but kind of scary to think about.
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Loved this book and unfortunately movie did not do it justice.
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This one is in ok condition. I have taped a small tear on the back cover.
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Could not put this one down!!! Another great John Grisham masterpiece!!!
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Easily one of Grisham's best works!
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In Suburban Georgetown a killer's reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home.. In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death.."
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Loved this book so much more than watching the movie.
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If you enjoyed the movie you will absolutely love the book. Action packed and a complete shocker!
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Better than the movie! A great read.
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It's good, typical grisham.
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Pub 1992 - Two Supreme Court justices are assassinated and Darby Shaw goes underground, trusting only one reporter.
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Far superior to the movie!
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Enjoyed Grisham's early books....
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I think this book is one of Grisham's best
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Two Supreme COurt Justices are killed, and a young law student at Tulane in New Orleans comes up with a theory. Once the theory is shown to the FBI & CIA, it manages to get out to others, and people start dying. Who is the one who killed the justices, and why? And why chase the student? ANd how did the word of the brief, based in the Pelican State, get out to the killer?

A very intriguing story, involved, complex, and a welcome reads compared to the other books I've been reading. If you are ready to concentrate on a story, try this one. If you want light fun reading, please move elsewhere. Enjoy!
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I bought a bunch of these books by John Grisham and found out he is NOT the author I was looking for. So I havenot read any of his books in full enough to comment.
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Darby Shaw discovers that her boyfriend was assassinated and she was a witness. She goes underground and with the help of a reporter, pieces together the deadly puzzle.
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Grisham is great!
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Better than the movie!
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Much better than the movie!
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Didn't enjoy it much....but I'm an avid fan, so off to find another book.
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A really great thirller/myster I couldn't put it down. the ending was a little bit anti climatic though.
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John Grisham at his best!
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Two Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everyone else wants her dead.

Now a major motion picture from Warner Bros. starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington.
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From the cover: "In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home.... In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death.... The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief...." An excellent read!
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From the front cover - "Two Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the truth. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everyone else wants her dead."
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Two U.S. Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. In New Orleans a young law student prepares a legal brief...

To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, to the Washington establishment it was Political Dynamite.
Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder intended for her.
Going underground she find there is only one person she can trust-- a reporter ambitious for a hot newsbreak.
Together they discover a deadly puzzle involving a violent cover-up.
Someone will stop at nothing to destroy Darby's brief, and cover-up an unthinkable crime.
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Two Supreme Court justices have been asassinated. One lone law student has stumbled upon the true. An investigative journalist wants her story. Everyone else wants her dead.
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Very good read as all of Grisham's books
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In a Seedy D.C. porno house a patron is swiftly garroted to death...
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watch the movie, read the book, John Grisham is as captivating as usual.
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great grisham novel
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Two Supreme Court justices are assassinated. In New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief...
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made the movie suck.
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Never met a Grisham book I did not like
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If you've seen the movie then you know the book is always better
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In subruban Georgetown a killer's reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home...
In a seedy D.C. porno house a patron is switfly garroted to death...

The next day America leanrs that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal breif...

To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot int eh dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder - a murder intended for her.
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In suburban Georgetown, a killer's reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home. In a seedy D.C. porno house, a patron is swiftly garroted to death. The next America learns that two of it's Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. In New Orleans, a young law student, Darby Shaw, prepares a legal brief. To Darby, it was no mores than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment, it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder--a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust--An ambitious reporter after a news-break hotter than Watergate. To help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby's brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime.
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Great book !
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This book was okay. It's been a long time since I read it.
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I couldn't get the exact cover to match from the options PPS provided, but it is the exact same book. One of Grisham's best.