Author: John Grisham
Genre: Legal Thriller
Format: Paperback 432 pages
Release Date: 28 October 2010
Since I love legal thrillers so much, I decided I would like to re-read, from the start, all novels written by John Grisham. I’ve read many of his books over the years but I can’t be sure I’ve read them all and I’m a sucker for lists and doing things in order so why not start from the beginning!
Two Supreme Court Justices are dead, their murders unsolved.
But one woman might have found the answer.
Darby Shaw is a brilliant New Orleans legal student with a sharp political mind. For her own amusement, she draws up a legal brief showing how the judges might have been murdered for political reasons, and shows it to her professor. He shows it to his friend, an FBI lawyer.
Then the professor dies in a car bomb.
And Darby realises that her brief, which pointed to a vast presidential conspiracy, might be right. Someone is intent on silencing Darby for good – somebody who will stop at nothing to preserve the secrets of the Pelican Brief…
Like all John Grisham books, the plot for this book is one that is utterly unique and throughly thought out. I have read a few of his books now and one thing I always find when I’ve finished reading is that I’m blown away by the thought process that has gone into the book. This could have been a really complicated plot to follow, but John Grisham has a way of making it flow in such a way that you really don’t want to put the book down.
My only bug bear with this book is the relationship between Darby and her professor. Darby is one of the top of her class, very conscientious about her studies and keeps herself to herself around college, yet somehow, she is involved in a romantic relationship with one of her professors. I don’t know, but for me, this point just didn’t seem to fit with the character description that was being portrayed for Darby.
But to be fair, that is a really small bug bear considering how I felt about the rest of the book! The book really ramps up in the second half and it reminded me a lot of the author’s previous book ‘The Firm’, in that it almost evolves into a bit of a chase of cat and mouse between the ‘baddies’ and the main protagonist, in this case Darby.
Another great legal thriller from John Grisham and another book I would throughly recommend.
About the Author
Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi, law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.
One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl’s father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.
Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.
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