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The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
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It all started out when two Supreme court judges have been assassinated. The names were Rosenberg and Jenson. Why were they killed? The police have yet to find a connection between the two shocking murders. One of the judges, Rosenberg was going to be dead anyway due to natural causes in an upcoming time. Judge Jenson on the other hand, was liked by most people. Will the FBI ever find the killer. The President and associates have now been under an immense amount of stress from the deaths. As they go down the list of suspects, they have uncovered nothing. Yet the FBI has been hopeless so far, a student at Tulane university has there hands full opening the wrong files that could get him on the assassinators list. This curious and very bright students name is Darby.
As Darby digs and digs for answers, she starts to find similarities between the cases. Finally, she unlocks the answers the FBI have desperatly been searching for. Victor Mattiece was the assassin. He worked for an oil company that both Jensen and Rosenberg had opposed due to the amount of endangered brown pelicans dying. Being the scum he is, Mattiece tried to convince the president to appoint new judges that would agree with his beliefs. Darby then gives her "Pelican Brief" to her professor to asses and look over. After he reads it, he give a copy to his friend Gavin Verheek, a lawyer with the FBI. The copy then gets passed to the director of the FBI, to the vice president and finally the president himself. Shortly after the president recieving the copy, a bomb intended to kill Darby instead kills her professor and lover Thomas Callahan. Darby resists getting in the car, telling Thomas that she refuses to drive hime with him due to his temper and lack of respect. Callhan turns the key and BOOM, he is dead. Darby is now forced to be in hiding, fearing her life is in danger. He is put in witness protection on the run forever it seems.
This book to me is not my favorite of John Grisham, but it still was a well thoughtout plot and thriller. The way Grisham constructs this book makes me wonder how he could come up with all of the stories about government conspiracies, assassinations of important people and the difficult lawsuits. He has to be one of the greatest writers of all time due to his originality. This book is a great representation of why he writes amazing stories

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