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4.02  ·  Rating details ·  384,953 ratings  ·  2,689 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 dark, a ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 25th 2006 by Delta (first published February 15th 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: روز دوم ماه اکتبر سال 1999میلادی

عنوان: پرونده پلیکان؛ نویسنده:
Jan 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A stand alone by John Grisham published in 1993

John Grisham doesn’t always get it right but on this occasion he most definitely did.

Darby Shaw, a young law student with a promising future ahead of her, was shocked, like the rest of the legal profession, to her core when she heard of the assassination of two Supreme Court judges.
There seemed to be no rhyme or reason for the assassinations’. The local police, the FBI and the CIA are all involved in the hunt for the killer but are getting nowhere.
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.
Tina Suraj
Apr 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I was so intrigued by this plot, the story had me engaged throughout and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend if you’re a fan of John Grisham’s work!
Jonathan K
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the great Grisham stories, its engaging, evocative and fast paced. The author's expertise in the legal realm pushes the boundaries of this story. It's difficult not to enjoy his work if for no other reason than reader engagement. That said, this is on par with "The Firm" and others affording it appeal across all genres. ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was a freshman in high school. I was looking for a book to read for a book report in my English class and the librarian suggested that I read The Pelican Brief. I read it and the rest is history. 15 years and 36 books later, I'm still reading Grisham's books. He is my favorite author and it all started with this novel.

Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a superb read. It is well plotted and developed. I really loved the character of Darby Shaw, a young, brave, brilliant minded law student. This was the first time I came across a female lead in a John Grisham Novel. The story is a quick page turner with heart racing action and suspense. I felt that I was with Darby Shaw every step of the way. I felt her pain, her anger, her frustration and shared her determination to bring on justice.

Being in the legal field myself, I always admired hi
Andre Gonzalez
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book actually had me sweating at certain parts. Such fantastic suspense and drama. The last quarter of the book flew by because I simply couldn't put it down! ...more
May 15, 2007 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Tom Barnes
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing

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
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found great pleasure in this book. Grisham wove an outstanding, well researched plot. His characters move forward into the plot with three dimensions shaping with each word and act. I couldn’t put the book down. Grisham blesses me, and gives me what I need, the way S. King does, in the sense of a mini-vacation from reality. The power of this book, for me, came through the characters, and the outstanding dialogue.

If you haven’t seen the movie or read it: A Law student writes a report on the k
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Melissa Franckowiak
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Not as intense as The Labrador Response by Melissa Melissa Crickard but we're comparing lawyers to doctors there. ...more
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Ehh... I tried. I enjoyed several of John Grisham's other works, including Rainmaker, but this one just felt, IDK, almost thrown together to me. I did not get very far into it before I decided that this was a DNF. I still recommend some of Grisham's other work, but this one was a definite miss. ...more
John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dean Cummings
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“There is no chance, no destiny, and no fate that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Justice Abraham Rosenberg was a long serving jurist of the U.S. Supreme Court. As the story opens, he is ninety-one years old, wheelchair bound, and dependent on supplemental oxygen. Also, he is almost completely deaf.

But even at this late stage in his life, even in his infirmed state, he’s still a powerhouse of the Supreme Court. He’s loved, and at
Anna Juline
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pankaj Wagh
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Keeps you hooked till the end.
Jul 19, 2011 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.
Tim Rees
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Molly Greene
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Agggghhhh! Loved the movie so picked this up but whoa! Too many characters, too many POVs, multiple POVs in many scenes without a scene break .... all made it hard to follow. Still, a good story.
Madhulika Liddle
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
In the space of one night, two Justices of the Supreme Court of the US are murdered. Professionally and swiftly, by a hired assassin who vanishes without leaving a trace. While a weak President, controlled by an ambitious and ruthless assistant named Fletcher Coal, exults at the thought that he will now be able to engineer the appointment of two new Justices who will be easier to manipulate, in faraway New Orleans a law student smells something fishy about the killings of Justices Rosenberg and ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Sully (thysaltymar)
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite, owned-books
This is one of the first few books which made me fall in love with John Grisham’s works. A normal moment which became somewhat magical; it happened sometime when I went to my grandmother’s place, the book just literally shined before me. 😂✨

The Pelican Brief is not about “PELICANS,” obviously. Pelican usually symbolizes social responsibility (as birds), such as charity and generosity, but it also means that you may be giving more than what you have, and thus, you should take care of yourself more
Lorianne Reuser
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Definitely a case where the film is by far the better option. I wanted a quick and easy read while busy at school and this definitely fit. The legal intrigue was compelling, and Darby’s fear was palpable ... but I honestly can’t tell if Grisham set out to make Gray Grantham an awful and rather repulsive character or if Grisham himself can’t write male characters who can’t help but objectify and lust after the one woman character. I actually felt uncomfortable with how everyone viewed Darby and I ...more
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