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The Pelican Brief

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  293,373 Ratings  ·  1,969 Reviews
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 than a  legal shot in the d ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 22nd 1993 by Bantam Books (first published 1992)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Pelican Brief, John Grisham
Taut thriller about a young law student whose legal brief about the assassination of two Supreme Court justices causes her to be targeted by killers. She realizes just how accurate her accusations have been when her lover and mentor is murdered. Forced to go on the run in New Orleans, she is aided by a journalist who helps her unravel a conspiracy involving senior government figures.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ماه اکتبر سال 1999 میلادی
عنوان: پرونده پلیکان؛ نویسنده: جان
I worked at a law firm where part of the movie was filmed. When Julia Roberts's character goes into a law firm to ask for a particular lawyer only to find out that he no longer works there and she leaves, that is my old firm. It is an ornate marble lobby with a small stream of water in the middle of the lobby. She goes through a glass door and can either go up an escalator or up some stairs to the reception desk, which overlooks the lobby. The walls are all glass and she can see across the floor ...more
This book was a lot more suspenseful and entertaining than I thought it would be. I don't know why I thought it would be so boring, since John Grisham is so popular. It was incredibly suspenseful at parts. It was the first book I'd read by Grisham, so I really didn't know what was coming. I had three problems with it: 1) Although, like I said, the book as a whole was really suspenseful, I thought the end was a bit anticlimatic. 2) The environmentalism was a bit heavy handed. I'm all about preser ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
I read this when it came out and I was a restless teenager. I never saw the movie. I only gave it three stars because I remember it being exciting but still considered it pulp fiction. Perhaps the topic of assassinated Supreme Court justices over environmentalism will become a more relevant topic soon and it merits a re-read? Or not.
Nov 19, 2016 Annet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Read it years ago, remember I liked it, entertaining read. I used to like reading Grisham's books, maybe I'll try a new one soon, sort of lost track of all the books he wrote in the past years.
Tina Suraj
Apr 10, 2010 Tina Suraj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
My first Grisham novel and probably my last. The book was much too formulaic and a bit dull (not for an avid mystery reader and an adrenaline junkie)though at certain points it was a fast page turner. The plot was really weak. Maybe this environmental conspiracy plot was breakthrough in the 90s but in 2010, it's a tad bit overused and overdone. What made this book unbearable was Grisham characterization of Darby. She is the generic 90s heroine...extremely smart, absolutely stunning, with a spunk ...more
May 15, 2007 Whitney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who can read books very, very quickly
i had read a less well-known grisham book, and was pretty disappointed, so i decided to read this one, which is supposedly one of his best. terrible ending, tedious story for the most part. if you can read quickly you might not think you're wasting your time on this book.
Tom Barnes
Oct 17, 2008 Tom Barnes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Washington wakes up to the gruesome news that two members of the Supreme Court have been murdered overnight. The shocking part was in their diversity. The old, should have retired years ago, Democrat Justice Rosenberg and the younger Republican Justice Jensen. The fact that they were almost always on opposite sides of any issue left law enforcement with no clear political motive. The only clues left behind seemed to be ones of the killer’s choosing. A nylon cord used to garrote Jensen as he sat
Stefania T.
Jul 05, 2011 Stefania T. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
John Grisham: primo fatale incontro.

'Il rapporto Pelican' è un libro "da apnea", ovvero appartiene a quel genere di libri che ti lasciano come unica via d'uscita la totale immersione. Non puoi smettere di leggere, il demone della frenesia da lettura si impossessa di tutte le tua facoltà fisiche e mentali, perciò non puoi fare altro che arrivare, in preda all'ingordigia, all'ultima pagina.

Tanto di cappello! Quante volte mi è capitato di avere la necessità fisica e mentale di letture simili? In qu
Ana M. Román
Jul 27, 2016 Ana M. Román rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acabo de terminarlo hace apenas unos momentos. Debo decir que me ha gustado pero me gustó más La Confesión. Me parece evidente que es uno de sus primeros trabajos, es menos legalista que el anterior que menciono y usa más los típicos elementos usados para agradar a un público más amplio, incluído cierto componente romántico sútil. Además es mucho más comedido en sus críticas ya que aunque las hay son más del tipo que todo el mundo sabe y siempre dejan de lado que las que nos encontramos en La Co ...more
Megan Johnson
This book was hard to get into. I only read it because I heard it on Jeapardy and I wanted to seems smart. LOL, Just kidding.

The book was interesting, but with reading other books as well, I tended to jump around a lot. I usually don't do that, but it seemed like the book was really dry unless you were reading a dialog.
Tim Rees
Sep 21, 2016 Tim Rees rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many years since I read it, but I remember I couldn't put it down and falling in love with Darby Shaw. I read the book before the film and Julia Roberts was brilliantly cast in the role.
Jun 12, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An edge of your seat thriller that keeps you turning the pages right up until the very end. A well done book by a great author.
Jan 03, 2013 Deb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time I read this was 20 years ago. Just reread it for a book club and it's as exciting and relevant today as it was then.
Oct 30, 2012 Seth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently re-read The Pelican Brief. Also known as John Grisham’s love letter to Julia Roberts. (He wrote the character of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind). Did he write the character of Gray Grantham with Denzel Washington in mind? Methinks probably not.

You probably know the plot - two Supreme Court justices get knocked off. A Tulane University student named Darby Shaw comes up with a theory as to who is responsible for the killings. She's spot on, and has to go on the run to save her ow
Nabil Dabbagh
Apr 11, 2013 Nabil Dabbagh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I expected nothing but greatness from Grisham, and he didn't let me down (though that doesn't mean I don't have some small critiques).

Though The Pelican Brief was filled with suspense, the beginning to mid section of the novel did feel a little slow, but as the chapters go the book started sticking to my hands. (NOTE: Do not -- I repeat -- do not, read the last 5-7 chapters before going to bed. Give yourself enough time. I made the mistake to start reading the end at 11:30pm and didn't put the b
Harish Challapalli
One of the boring plots!! Formula of Grisham!! Extortions, scams, legal issues, gayism, some political flavor!! There are many unanswered questions in the plot!! There are some thrilling points during the plot, but not very gripping at some times which leaves the reader a puzzled feeling!!

The story begins with the assassination of two
philosophically divergent Supreme Court
Justices. Liberal Justice Rosenberg is killed
at his home, while the conservative Justice
Jensen is killed inside a gay porn ci
Jul 19, 2011 Nenette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such an exciting read. I've never watched the movie, but now I must see it.

The story is a testament to the adage "small but incredible". The package may be small, but it could be a bomb inside. Who'd have thought that a brief written by one gorgeous law student would be the downfall of many powerful men?

Grisham did a good job on playing out the whole story. Nothing was missed and cut; I didn't have unanswered questions. This is one of his best.
Peter Lawrence
Apr 28, 2017 Peter Lawrence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A clever suspenseful novel. Follows the movie too, which is why I bought the book.

A young law student stumbles upon a theory of who benefits from a corporate oil deal that threatens wildlife. Turns out her theory is true, so the powers that be go after her. She partners with a bright news reporter and together they learn the truth. However, they must dodge attempts on their lives, including a Mid-East assassin who seems unstoppable.
Hol-ee crap, that's hours and hours of my life I'll never get back. I've never read any of Grishams books, as thrillers starring lawyers and legal briefs have never interested me. Now having read this I don't see that changing any time in the foreseeable future. The entire plot line was entirely too convoluted. Too many characters with too many boring government jobs that I don't care about. Too much seemingly pointless plotting behind the scenes. The basic plotline itself failed to hold my inte ...more
Having recently come across a Grisham novel I actually enjoyed, I was encouraged to try another. I had only vague recollections of the film version of “The Pelican Brief”, but I figure that a book what was made into a film starring Hollywood stars as major as Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington couldn’t be all bad.

In “The Pelican Brief”, two Supreme Court Justices are murdered, seemingly at random. A legal student, Darby Shaw, thinks that they are linked and writes a brief explaining her thinkin
Ashley Leader
Jun 02, 2011 Ashley Leader rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
This book was entertaining and pretty suspenseful, but it has a lot of problems. I have read two other Grisham books, The Client and The Firm, and I didn't think this one was as good.

Okay. Firstly, the characters are flat. This is acceptable because this is a thriller, but it would have been much better if people had some personality. Darcy, the protagonist, was so stereotypical as a beautiful (men can't help but lust after her oft-mentioned long legs) and brilliant law student.

Secondly, the who
Vignesh Umapathy
Darby Shaw's theory(The pelican brief) about the murders of the supreme court judges passes to the wrong hands and wreaks havoc in her life.

Grisham's characters don't go out of their way mostly. Like the incredibly broke Darby who doesn't jump into a fist fight. There is scarcely any action(That's good).
But she has one too many people to outwit. The FBI, a deadly assassin and bunch of goons who ambush her. Grantham, a resourceful reporter tries to help Darby.

Pelican brief has an interesting rea
Jul 16, 2008 Gregg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This must be where John Grisham started to lose whatever allure he'd built with me. His first two novels were captivating legal thrillers, but this one more resembles a block of wood with letters carved on it, for all the razzle-dazzle of his prose. Darby Shaw is a 24-year-old law student who takes it upon herself to investigate the assasinations of a couple of Supreme Court justices, inadvertently realizes the truth, and runs for her life when her memo on her theory winds up in the wrong hands. ...more
Syed Ahmad Fathi Syed Mohd Khair
I'm truly not a fans of novel. But I do in certain time came across it mainly by recommendations from friends and colleague. A good novel for me, is not only good because of the crafted story, a good novel is the one that can give the readers more than thrill and emotions. A good novels is the one that gave its readers knowledge. This novel is a recommended one, by one of my office colleague, she's a law graduate and now I understand why she was so excited to have me read this piece. I'm not a f ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Salymar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OM. This book kept my interest, PAGE after PAGE.
The story is different from normal storyline in most of the books found on the shelves. :)
It gets you reading again and again so that you won't have to set this aside for a bit.

It's a one sit book - you sit and read then you're finish~voila!(of course with a taste of awesome satisfaction afterwards)

John Grisham truly writes legal mystery novels that will really keep your interest from the first page to the last.♥

This is one of my favorite books(aft
Amber McAlister
This was my first Grisham novel. A fun, suspenseful read. It kept my interest. It's not the sort of book that deeply effects, makes one think profoundly, or covers any important social issues. So, I wouldn't call it an Important read, but if you need a good place-filler, something suspenseful and absorbing, this book could fit the bill.
It's likely that I'll be giving another Grisham novel a chance. They keep the reading muscles toned.
Luke A. Bunker
May 25, 2013 Luke A. Bunker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ibooks, 2013
This is my kind of book! This isn't the traditional legal procedural I've come to expect from Grisham, but it's one of his earliest and one of his best that I've read so far. I loved the interplay between Washington politics, New Orleans sleuthing, and a heavy touch of my more favorite genres, the espionage thriller. Loved it!
Kelly Horn
How did they ever make such a great movie out of this? In the book, Grantham is just a dirty old man. Kudos to whoever improved the character for the movie.
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