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The Pelican Brief: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 5, 2010
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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, heightening the already substantial suspense and carrying the story to its dramatic conclusion. (Running time: 6 hours, 4 cassettes) --George Laney --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
From Publishers Weekly
In this tale of the aftermath of the assassinations of two Supreme Court justices, Grisham delivers a suspenseful plot at a breakneck pace, although his characters are stereotypes. The hardcover was on the PW bestseller list 48 weeks and the mass market was No. 1 last week.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
Top Customer Reviews
In New Orleans at Tulane University, Darby Shaw, an attractive second year law student, was trying to sove the mystery behing the killings. Darby had a thirteen page brief on who she thought killed the justices. The brief was passed on to many people and it finally came to the President, who after reading the report became very scared. The FBI wanted to pursue the lead, but after a phone call from the President that told them to back off it, they decided to look at other suspects.
In the meantime, reporter Gray Grantham received a call in the middle of the night from "Garcia" who said that he might know something about the case.
Darby was on a date with her lover/professor when he got a little too drunk to drive. Darby insisted that she drive or walk, and to her surprise, he told her to walk. When the professor got into his car and started the engine, the car exploded, killing him on the spot. Darby called a friend of the professor, Gavin, and told him what happened because he was the first to see the brief which was later named "The Pelican Brief".
Through all of this chaos, Darby managed to stay alive and found time to meet Gray Grantham in Washington D.C. He learned her entire story and in order to confirm it all, they had to find "Garcia". They knew that he was a lwyer at a small firm in Washington D.C., so they asked the many interns there if they recognized a picture of him. One out of seven did, so they go to meet him.Read more ›
Darby Shaw spends a few days in the law library and figures out who wanted the hit, in order to stack the Supreme Court. This puts her in jeopardy, and people keep getting murdered around her.
Scary? Well, it might have been, but somehow, we know (I knew) that Darby was going to make it in the end and the "bad guys" were going to have their comeuppance. That was never in doubt.
So, not so scary.
What was interesting was Grisham's description of the law firms, and the lawyers, in Washington, D.C. This was eye-opening, the numbers, the morals, and the career ladder that such people follow.
What was interesting, but stupid, was the President. It's hard to imagine a President this stupid, but I wonder was the model Mr. Ron? And this golfer President turns the real business of running the nation over to a young smoothy by the name of Fletcher Coal, who is one of the "bad guys," in a way, but he has some good traits, too: He can work incessantly and seems to be pretty intelligent. He just lacks, what, heart?
I've read better books by Grisham. There is a story here, but not a page-turning story. Just kind of, "Okay, who's going to fail to assassinate Darby this time?"
I didn't see the movie, but the book seemed to be tailor-made for Hollywood, also, another down-side (compare Grisham's Bleachers, a more recent effort, which does not seem to be targeted so prominently toward a movie script).
A divorced 46 yr. old Law Professor is dating his female law student, who just happens to be the smartest, prettiest, "long-legged" sexiest thing you've ever seen. AND ... she's ONLY 24! Not only is she as smart as Albert Einstein and sexier than Jenna Jameson, but she can write a brief (the Pelican brief) faster and better than Perry Mason .. or uhhh Alan Dershowitz, or Gerry Spence? And, OMG! Did I tell you, she can solve a crime quicker than the FBI and the CIA put together?
First of all, if I were that girl (Darby Shaw), I sure wouldn't be going out with an ALCOHOLIC professor old enuf to be my father.
Why would I, if I'm .. "all that" ..? Sure, I like to "eat out" and although, they "never went out to the same restaurant twice" -- it was always "dutch". Dutch? L*rdy! Callahan was old AND cheap. Oh well ... he DID have a porsche. BTW, I love porsches.
I must admit, I WAS sorry when the car blew up.
I almost got to 40% on my Kindle, when I decided "this ain't real interesting".
The characters are ruthless and shallow; people I wouldn't care about.
Some might call this a "political thriller", but since I don't like politicians nor politics in general, this book could not pique my interest.
This was the first Grisham book I've attempted. I understand there are better ones out there.
I HOPE so.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A 3-star plot with 5-star writing equals 4-stars. Grisham can write! To me at least, the plot seemed more than a bit far-stretched. Read morePublished 17 days ago by egwphd
I have seen the movie several times. After reading the actual book, I liked the book a lot and am glad that Hollywood followed the book.Published 25 days ago by bobbie kaald
I have read all of Grisham's books dealing with the legal system. I am now going through them again on my kindle while traveling. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dr. Gavyn Long
good read, albeit, could have had a more interesting ending (like a twist and/or Hitchcock like head-turner)Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the best suspense novels I read. There are quite a few names to keep straight, but all in all, it's a great book!Published 2 months ago by Conrad Miller