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The Pelican Brief

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  330,220 ratings  ·  2,292 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 1999 میلادی
عنوان: پرونده پلیکان؛ نویسنده:
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Pelican Brief is darker than Grisham's usual works, but it's still very well-written and original, and its descriptions of characters and scenery are very vivid and realistic.
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
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.
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
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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.
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!
¡Esta bastante bien! Aunque me esperaba un final un poco más impactante.
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
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.
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
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.

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!
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
Ana M. Román
Jul 27, 2016 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
Stefania T.
Jul 05, 2011 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
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
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
Megan Johnson
Mar 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-30s
Although I have like the plots of the two first books, I couldn't relate with their characters. Now, in this third book, I really think that Grisham got it right! I really enjoyed the way that Darby and Gray are developed throughout the story, their decisions and so.

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Ingrid Verschelling
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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