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The Pelican Brief

John Grisham

The Pelican Brief
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ISBN: 9780099993803

Description

Two Supreme Court Justices are dead. Their murders are connected only in one mind, and in one legal brief conceived by that mind. Brilliant, beautiful and ambitious, New Orleans legal student Darby Shaw little realises that her speculative brief will penetrate to the highest levels of power in Washington and cause shockwaves there.

Reviewed on 29th April 2009

An interesting read which I've left for too long before getting round to writing a review of. Once again I enjoyed it, although it was a little dated and American, but its' focus was less on the complex machinations of the us legal machine and focussed more on government, which is something I know a little more about.

The plot seemed a little too extraordinary at the start, especially as the main character was the only person to realise what was happening. It seemed a little odd that no-one else would twig, especially after the word Pelican was brought into it.

The cast weren't particularly diverse - in fact the main character seemed a bit of a rehash of one of the characters from 'A Time To Kill', who had appeared out of place there but slotted into this role perfectly.

Overall I would say this was a good book and worth reading, but Grisham's plots seem to be getting a little too similar - almost all of them involve someone running away, there being a big change in their character throughout the book, and then at the very end running away again.

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