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The Pelican Brief (1992)

by John Grisham

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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER â?¢ 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 brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murderâ??a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trustâ??an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergateâ??to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby's brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthin
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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 into the conference room where the receptionist goes. I had just interviewed there before I saw the movie and was having major deja vu while watching the movie. ( )
  Cathie_Dyer | Feb 29, 2024 |
(or maybe 4 stars) Excellent, total page-turner. With this one you can see why his books are such best-sellers / made into movies. I read one other (later?) one by him that was pretty awful, so if I ready his stuff again , I'll check reviews first (he's written a million.) I've heard him interviewed, he's obviously a smart guy. I'm guessing he write a book a year and some are "phoned in" or failed ideas. ( )
  dtscheme | Jan 1, 2024 |
Ho-hum. The movie was better. ( )
  clarkland | Sep 5, 2023 |
Echoes of my father's influence in my taste in books. Good Memories. Been digging through the trunks of books selecting what I'm shipping across two continents to my new home, found so many by John Grisham, Robert Goddard and the rest of the Detective/Mystery Ratpack. Looking back, I was way too young to be reading any of my dad's books. Then again I was to young to be watching all his cop show Procedurals, this book is literally a core memory. ( )
  RoadtripReader | Aug 24, 2023 |
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. ( )
  Jonathan5 | Feb 20, 2023 |
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To My Reading Committee: Renee, my wife and unofficial editor; my sisters, Beth Bryant and Wendy Grisham; my mother-in-law, Lib Jones; and my friend and co-conspirator, Bill Ballard
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He seemed incapable of creating such chaos, but much of what he saw below could be blamed on him.
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Omnibus: The Pelican Brief / The Client
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Fiction. Literature. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:#1 NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER â?¢ 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 brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murderâ??a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trustâ??an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergateâ??to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby's brief. Someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthin

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