The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

With bestselling novels (The Firm, The Pelican Brief) turned into blockbuster movies, John Grisham changed the stuffed-shirt image of attorneys into thrilling hot-shots.

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The Pelican Brief by John Grisham


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 9.58 x 6.40
  • Publisher: Doubleday; (March 1, 1992)
  • ISBN: 0385421982


    Amazon.com
    John Grisham's head was full of movies when he wrote The Pelican Brief, which is such a brisk page-turner you could use it to dry your hair. He had Julia Roberts in mind for the heroine, Darby Shaw, a brilliant Tulane law student who comes up with an ingenious theory to explain the baffling assassinations of two Supreme Court justices in one day. They were shot and strangled by ace international terrorist Khamel, who loves the film Three Days of the Condor, but government gumshoes don't get what connects the deaths. Silly government guys! They died so the conservative president, who just wants to be left alone to play golf, will appoint new, conservative justices who will help out a case involving an industrialist who is the enemy of pelicans and other living things. It's all spelled out for them in Darby's brief. She likes to do legal feats to impress her boyfriend, her boyish law prof Thomas (who, like Grisham, prefers to shave at most once a week, and is cool, smart, and antiauthoritarian). The prof likes to paint her toes red, in homage to Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham. (Sarandon also starred in the film version of Grisham's
    The Client.)

    But when Thomas gets splattered by a car bomb meant for Darby, she escapes the hospital and hooks up with a Washington Post reporter, Gray Grantham, who sleuths like the guys in All the President's Men.

    Grisham wishes he hadn't written The Pelican Brief quite so quickly (his first novel, Paperback edition.

    Amazon.com Audiobook Review
    Anthony Heald gives an uncommonly compelling performance narrating this fast-paced legal thriller. The action begins with the fierce assassinations of two Supreme Court justices. Too unlikely to be coincidental, the murders have no identifiable connection until a young law student uncovers a hidden link, exposing herself and those around her to deadly consequences. Heald uses the flexibility of his voice to conjure up a large cast of diverse characters. He crafts his delivery expertly,...
    Audio Cassette edition.

    Reader Reviews
    my favorite, October 3, 2003 Reviewer: KB from Fishers, IN This one is definately my favorite. It starts off with grip as an elderly supreme court justice is murdered in his own home along with the kindly nurse that watches him and the two guards that watch the house. Another man is strangled to death in a movie theater showing gay porn. Anyway, a bright young student by the name of Darby Shaw writes a report on this for her law class. Her teacher/boyfriend, Thomas Callahan, reads it and a day later is blown up in his car. She contacts an FBI agent who reads it and when planning to meet her in a park, is bludgened to death in his own hotel room. She then contacts a Washington Post reporter by the name of Grey Grantham and he follows her story eventually running into some exciting situations. This one's a classic and a must read.

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