Throwback Thursday (March 14) – The Pelican Brief

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

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  • Pick any bookish or literary-related media (or non-media item) released more than 5 years ago.
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My Throwback this week is…

The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

(Also adapted into a film starring Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington)

Remember how I always talk about how I read all the John Grisham books in high school, yet I’ve only ever featured one here on Throwback Thursday?

Well. There’s a reason for that. And that reason is: I didn’t think many of you would be ALL OVER the legal thrillers.


I only read so many books in years past. And John Grisham was a hefty portion of them. So. We’ve reached that time where I MUST talk about Grisham, or be left without anything to blog about. And that, dear readers, would be sad.

The Pelican Brief was my very first John Grisham book, which I read following my very first John Grisham movie. You may have seen it. Julia Roberts plays a very non-Julia-Roberts role. It is tense and unexpected and smart. Oh, and Stanley Tucci. It’s important to always remember Stanley Tucci in films, because he is always a highlight. It’s a fact.

Anyway, here’s the synopsis from Amazon, because I’m tired and it’s been years since I’ve read/seen this and my brain isn’t working.

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 garroted 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.

In a nutshell, I enjoyed the movie, it made me want to pick up the book, and I loved the book. Maybe it’s because my brain is wired in such a way I like logic and complex puzzles (my parents always suspected I would be a lawyer), but I am ALL ABOUT the legal thriller. They just push all the right buttons in my brain. And thus started my long-standing love of John Grisham thrillers. They’re smart, they’re tense, and they use ALL THE LOGIC. Sometimes, a person just needs logic. Perhaps it’s the Vulcan in me.

If you, like me, think crazy conspiracies and legal loopholes are WHERE IT’S AT, you should check it out.

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