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Pelican Brief, the (1992) [Novel]
by John Grisham Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.2 of 10 (34 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Late one October night Justice Abe Rosenberg, at ninety-one the Supreme Court's Liberal legend, is shot to death in his Georgetown home. Two hours later Glenn Jensen, the Court's youngest and most conservative justice, is strangled. The country is stunned; the FBI has no clues. But Darby Shaw, a brilliant law student at Tulane, thinks she has the answer.

Original title: The Pelican Brief
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionCrime and MysteryLegal Thriller


  • Cover blurb: "Her only crime was the truth..."
  • To my reading committee: Renée, my wife and unofficial editor; my sisters, Bethe Bryant adn Wendy Grisham; my mother-in-law, Lib Jones; and my friend and co-conspirator, Bill Ballard


Edition #1: Pelican Brief, the

Pelican Brief, the (1992)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Gripping... a genuine page-turner. Gisham is a skilfful craftsman." The New York Times Book Review
  • "Keeps the pages turning... stronger than The Firm." People
  • "Grisham has done it again!" Chicago Tribune
  • "Intriguing." The New York Times
  • "A first-class thriller!" Chattanooga News-Free Press
  • "A page turner!" Philadelphia Inquirer
  • "Irresistible kaleidoscope action." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • "A megathriller!" Buffalow News
  • "Gripping!" The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)
  • "Superb drama... a delight!" The New York Law Journal
  • "Exciting!" Booklist
  • "That unmistakable Grisham style." Cincinnati Post
  • "That kernal of doubt—the possibility that all this could happen—propels The Pelican Brief forward at breakneck speed.... It deservedly will win Grisham a whole best-seller's list worth of new fans." The Detroit News
  • "Keeps readers hooked.... A new thriller to keep you occupied until the wee hours of the morning.... Grisham combines intrigue, the struggle for power and the law proffesion into a suspenseful novel." The Columbus Dispatch
  • "A success... Grisham has found a dynamite recipe: the drama of the legal system mixed with the thrill of a shoot-'em'up. The former lets him plub social issues, at least to an extent: the latter provides narrative juice." Seattle Times
  • "What makes Grisham's legal-eagle suspensers unique is the gonzo, fairy-tale glow he gives his staid, conservative settings." Boston Sunday Herald
  • "First-rate... a deft potboiler... breezy, topical and full of feeling... Grisham brings a degree of freshness to it that the best-known thriller writers—Ludlum, Sanders, et al—have lost in recent years." The Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle
  • "Must entertainment [What is that supposed to mean?—ed.].... That much of what happens regularly in suspense novels in no way lessens the novel's intensity and feeling of freshness." Kirkus Reviews
  • "John Grisham has rapidly established himself as the Tom Clancy of the '90's [sic]." The Fort Worth Star-Telegraph
  • "Grisham keeps you turning those pages." The San Francisco Examiner
  • "Entertaining... Grisham executes this cat-and-mouse game with consummate skill, adding numerous surprises, tosing in handfuls of red herrings, and maintaning the pace at roller-coaster speed." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Manifested in:

Pelican Brief, the (February 15, 1992)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York, New York
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385421980
Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.4 in
Pages: 384

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