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The Pelican Brief
The Pelican Brief
Author: John Grisham
In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the front 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 t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440214045
ISBN-10: 0440214041
Publication Date: 3/1/1993
Pages: 448
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 1167 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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As usual, John Grisham is back with "The Pelican Brief", an irresistible story that begins with the simultaneous assissinations of two Supreme Court Justices... Late one October night Justice Abe Rosenberg, at 91 the Supreme Court's liberal legend, is shot in the head while sleeping in his Georgetown home. Two hours later Glenn Jensen, the Court's youngest and most conservative justice, is strangled, possibly by the same assassin. The country is stunned and baffled; the FBI has no clues......But Darby Shaw, a brilliant law student at Tulane, thinks she has the answer. Days of digging in the law library's computers have led her to an obscure connection between the two justices. She fleshes out her beliefs in a meticulous though wildly speculative brief that builds a strong case against a most unlikely suspect. Her suspect has powerful friends. One evening, outside a New Orleans restaurant, she narrowly escapes an assassin's car bomb. Some has read her brief. Someone wants her dead!!!!
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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, 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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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.