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In suburban Georgetown, a killer's Reeboks whisper on the floor of a posh home. In a seedy D.C. porno house, a patron is swiftly garrotted to death. The next day America learns that two of its Supreme Court justices have been assassinated. And in New Orleans, a young law student prepares a legal brief. To Darby Shaw it was no more than a legal shot in the dark, a brilliant guess. To the Washington establishment it's political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder - a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds that there is only one person - an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergate - she can trust to help her piece together the deadly puzzle. Somewhere between the bayous of Louisiana and the White House's inner sanctums, a violent cover-up is being engineered. For someone has read Darby's brief - someone who will stop at nothing to destroy the evidence of an unthinkable crime.

©1992 John Grisham (P)1992 Random House, LLC

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  • Ian C Robertson
  • 03-03-2016

A Clever Yarn

Grisham needs no introduction nowdays. You know what you will get and he usually delivers. This is one of his earlier outings and, in my opinion, one of the more interesting plot lines. Darby Shaw is innocently drawn into a conspiracy to eliminate SCOTUS Justices. She's a law student having an affair with her burnt-out lecturer one day and on the run from hired gunmen the next. Then we have the makings of a cover-up in the Whitehouse and an intrepid reporter from the Washington Post who threatens to expose the lot. Good Grisham stuff. Not formulaic, but entertaining. Weekend reading rather than beach holiday pulp (not that there's anything wrong with the latter on beach holidays).
The reason I rate this plot line more than some others is that it in fact required Grisham to apply some of his practical legal knowledge. The legal investigative parts of the story are accurate and detailed; as they should be. Strangely, when he came to write the screenplay, I think he did an even better job. The exposure of the plot is a bit early in the book as compared to the screenplay, and the casting for the latter now dominates the psyche when listening (it's hard not to picture Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington). But that is what it it.
Adams does a good job of keeping the engine moving at high speed. I've no complaints on that score.

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  • Aye-Htun
  • 30-04-2015

Equivalent of Couldn't put it down..

What did you love best about The Pelican Brief?

Not sure why I like this book. I simply couldn't stop listening to it. Just have to know what is going to happen next, even though you know the plot from the movie...

Each character was accurately portrayed by the narrator. I often judge the audio books by the performance of the narrator. The voice. The emotional state of the character, etc.. I certainly rate Alexander Adams to be one of the best. Will be looking for more of his work.

My first Grisham's book. Although I find this book to be slightly above average story, I will five another one his novel a try. Having said that, still couldn't stop listening. It was very absorbing.

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  • M. Mears
  • 29-09-2019

OK but Prefer the movie

This listen was OK but realised that the movie, which I have seen more than once, adhered very closely to the book so in this case, unusually I prefer the movie to the book.

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  • Lorna
  • 01-04-2015

Loved this story.

I have read this book and seen the film and I was so relaxed listening to it I could picture Julia Roberts face throughout it. Mr Grisham can certainly write a Damn good book!

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  • Tommy
  • 05-03-2015

Brilliant

Gripping. Moved at a fast pace. Excellent characterisation.
Wholly believable. Would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good yarn.

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  • decorator
  • 17-09-2021

Good but overlong

Narration good. Main character didn't come across in a memorable way. She seemed too insubstantial (unlike in the film). The story seemed to flit about (especially in the beginning) and I found it hard to keep up with the characters and indeed the plot which seemed a bit weak. I 'm pleased I saw the film before I read the book. Having said that I've always enjoyed reading John Grisham so perhaps it's me that's a bit 'off' at the moment.

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  • Colin Hoult
  • 22-03-2017

political thriller

enjoyed the story but the oritors voice was not as compelling as some others pity

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-03-2021

Brilliant

The Book and the narrator Alexander Adams
Are both brilliant
Although I’ve watched the movie many times and enjoyed it immensely I found the book irresistible, some days I couldn’t stop listening and found myself making breakfast, still with my earphones plugged in catching the next chapter.
I would recommend this book. John Grisham
Is a brilliant writer.

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  • Harry Attwell
  • 19-02-2021

Fantastic

I've loved the film for years and it is so good to hear the full version of the story. Excellent narration and really captures the tension throughout.

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  • Michael Armstrong
  • 05-02-2021

Pelican story

A great story well narrated. Had to pause it but didn't want to. Binge-listened the last 3 chapters.

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  • Chris Bird
  • 19-04-2020

Great. Easy listening.

Grisham at his best. It has that listen on factor. An interesting take on US politics.

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  • Calum I. MacLeod
  • 04-06-2019

Excellent Narration

The dialogue is superficial at times and the characters lack the depth of those in The Firm. The plot is not particularly believable, but it's fast paced and quite fun.

The narration is very good and helps the time fly by. Overall I recommend this as light entertainment.

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