The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

A book review of ‘The Pelican Brief’ by John Grisham

I saw this movie so many years ago that I couldn’t remember the plot at all. So reading the novel was as if hearing a completely new story for the first time.

The book kicks off with two Supreme Court Justices being assassinated while under FBI protection. So the investigation is on to find the link between the two judges in order to obtain a clue as to the killer’s identity. However no-one can find that connection.

After a month of her own research, law student, Darby Shaw, writes a tentative, exploratory manuscript connecting the two murders.

After considering it, she dismisses it as ludicrous and discards the document, but her lecturer retrieves it and submits it to a friend in the FBI. The brief gets pushed to the top of the power chain, and soon all sorts of high-ranking officials are panicking as they find themselves mentioned in the script.

Darby is soon running for her life, but manages to find one ally in a journalist who is also digging for the truth. Together they need to prove and expose the brief, if they can stay alive.

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