Title: The Pelican Brief
Author: John Grisham
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller
First pubished: 1992
Finished reading: March 25th 2013
Pages: 432
Rating 3


I used to read a lot of John Grisham novels when I was younger, and I still find them entertaining in general. The Pelican Brief doesn’t let legal thriller and John Grisham fans down. Although there is not as much law involved as in other novels written by the same author, this one is still an entertaining read. It’s what you call a page-turner with an moderately fast pace and a prose that is easy to read… Although I must admit one of the main characters Darby sometimes ended up irritating me. Some of her behaviour just didn’t fit the whole brilliant-law-student character, and we are not even talking about running right into the arms of Gray after what happened to Thomas. Definitely not convincing and it takes away some of the credibility of the story. Still, this is a nice read for Grisham fans and any lover of comfortable mystery/thriller books.


One morning America learns two Supreme Court justices have been murdered the previous night. Justice Rosenberg and Justice Jensen are as different as day and night, and the question arises who would have killed both of them. Law professor Thomas Callahan is heartbroken, but his brilliant student and lover Darby Shaw sees the whole situation as a big puzzle. She starts preparing a legal brief (later to be called the pelican brief) trying to find out who was behind the murders. Someone has to get advantage out of the deaths, and she studied an enormous amount of cases before she saw light in the darkness. Darby gives her legal brief to Thomas, who then gives it to his FBI friend. But the letter ends up in the wrong hands, and Thomas pays for it with his life. Suddenly Darby is on the run, hiding from experienced but dumb killers and trying to solve the puzzle at the same time. She gets help from an ambitious reporter of The Post and together they try to show the truth to the world…


While the legal part of this thriller doesn’t play as big of a role as in other John Grisham novels, The Pelican Brief is still an entertaining read with a healthy dose of action. I have read better and some parts are quite cliche, but I would still recommend reading this one if you are looking for a quick and easy read that will entertain you for a few hours.