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Title: The Pelican Brief
Author: John Grisham
Publisher: Published April 25th 2006 by Delta (first published 1992)
ISBN: 9780385339704
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In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the front 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 In suburban Georgetown a killer's Reeboks whisper on the front 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 was political dynamite. Suddenly Darby is witness to a murder -- a murder intended for her. Going underground, she finds there is only one person she can trust -- an ambitious reporter after a newsbreak hotter than Watergate -- 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.

30 review for The Pelican Brief

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Pelican Brief, John Grisham Taut thriller about a young law student whose legal brief about the assassination of two Supreme Court justices causes her to be targeted by killers. She realizes just how accurate her accusations have been when her lover and mentor is murdered. Forced to go on the run in New Orleans, she is aided by a journalist who helps her unravel a conspiracy involving senior government figures. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ماه اکتبر سال 1999 میلادی عنوان: پرونده پلیکان؛ نویسنده: جان The Pelican Brief, John Grisham Taut thriller about a young law student whose legal brief about the assassination of two Supreme Court justices causes her to be targeted by killers. She realizes just how accurate her accusations have been when her lover and mentor is murdered. Forced to go on the run in New Orleans, she is aided by a journalist who helps her unravel a conspiracy involving senior government figures. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: دوم ماه اکتبر سال 1999 میلادی عنوان: پرونده پلیکان؛ نویسنده: جان گریشام؛ مترجم: بابک ریاحی پور؛ تهران، زرین، 1373؛ در 672 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: ویراستار: بابک حقایق؛ تهران، نشر آویژه، 1377؛ در 672 ص، شابک: 9649094083؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م عنوان: پرونده پلیکان؛ نویسنده: جان گریشام؛ مترجم: خسرو مهربان سمیعی؛ تهران، هرمس، 1384؛ در 500 ص؛ شابک: 9647100671؛ چاپ دوم 1394، در هشت و 535 ص؛ شابک: 9789647100670؛ در این داستان، آبراهام روزنبرگ (آخرین چهره‌ ی دادگاه عالی فدرال) از سوی مخالفان با: سقط جنین، و حامیان برتری نژادی، و هم‌جنس‌گرایان، به شدت تهدید می‌شود. این در حالی ست که او به برتری حکومت بر مسائل دیگر، و برتری فرد بر حکومت، و حفظ محیط زیست، و دفاع از سرخ‌پوستان و سیاه‌پوستان، باور دارد؛ و ...؛ از متن: «اسمیت»، من «گری‌»ام. خوب گوش کن و کاری را که می‌‌گویم انجام بده. تایید را از منبع دیگری گرفتم، درباره «پرونده پلیکان» سند مهمی است «اسمیت». یک ربع دیگر با «کراتهامر» در دفتر «فلدمن» باشید. ـ چی پیدا کرده‌ ای؟ ـ «گارسیا» پیام خداحافظی گذاشته است. اول باید جای دیگری برویم، بعد می‌آییم آن‌جا. ـ چی؟ دخترک هم با توست؟ ـ بله. یک ویدیو و تلویزیون در اتاق کنفرانس بگذار. فکر می‌کنم «گارسیا» می‌خواهد با ما حرف بزند. ـ نوار کاست گذاشته است؟ ـ بله، تا یک ربع دیگر آنجاییم. ـ خطری تهدیدت نمی‌کند؟ ـ نه. فکر نمی‌کنم «اسمیت». اما اعصابم داغان است. گوشی را گذاشت و دوان دوان به طرف اتومبیل رفت. پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca McNutt

    The Pelican Brief is darker than Grisham's usual works, but it's still very well-written and original, and its descriptions of characters and scenery are very vivid and realistic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cathie

    I worked at a law firm where part of the movie was filmed. When Julia Roberts's character goes into a law firm to ask for a particular lawyer only to find out that he no longer works there and she leaves, that is my old firm. It is an ornate marble lobby with a small stream of water in the middle of the lobby. She goes through a glass door and can either go up an escalator or up some stairs to the reception desk, which overlooks the lobby. The walls are all glass and she can see across the floor I worked at a law firm where part of the movie was filmed. When Julia Roberts's character goes into a law firm to ask for a particular lawyer only to find out that he no longer works there and she leaves, that is my old firm. It is an ornate marble lobby with a small stream of water in the middle of the lobby. She goes through a glass door and can either go up an escalator or up some stairs to the reception desk, which overlooks the lobby. The walls are all glass and she can see across the floor into the conference room where the receptionist goes. I had just interviewed there before I saw the movie and was having major deja vu while watching the movie.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    I read this when it came out and I was a restless teenager. I never saw the movie. I only gave it three stars because I remember it being exciting but still considered it pulp fiction. Perhaps the topic of assassinated Supreme Court justices over environmentalism will become a more relevant topic soon and it merits a re-read? Or not.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kiersten

    This book was a lot more suspenseful and entertaining than I thought it would be. I don't know why I thought it would be so boring, since John Grisham is so popular. It was incredibly suspenseful at parts. It was the first book I'd read by Grisham, so I really didn't know what was coming. I had three problems with it: 1) Although, like I said, the book as a whole was really suspenseful, I thought the end was a bit anticlimatic. 2) The environmentalism was a bit heavy handed. I'm all about preser This book was a lot more suspenseful and entertaining than I thought it would be. I don't know why I thought it would be so boring, since John Grisham is so popular. It was incredibly suspenseful at parts. It was the first book I'd read by Grisham, so I really didn't know what was coming. I had three problems with it: 1) Although, like I said, the book as a whole was really suspenseful, I thought the end was a bit anticlimatic. 2) The environmentalism was a bit heavy handed. I'm all about preserving the environment, but I don't like being hit over the head by it. Darby could get a bit preachy at times. 3) I didn't think that Darby was a very good characterization. She didn't feel real. Towards the end she said something like, "It's not fair; we used my brains, looks, and legs, and you get all the glory." Despite whatever Grisham's fantasies may be, women do not talk like that, nor do they obsess over their legs and toenails as much as Darby did, and if they do, everyone hates them. But all in all it was a great book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annet

    Read it years ago, remember I liked it, entertaining read. I used to like reading Grisham's books, maybe I'll try a new one soon, sort of lost track of all the books he wrote in the past years.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    4 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I was so intrigued by this plot, the story had me engaged throughout and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend if you’re a fan of John Grisham’s work! 4 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was so intrigued by this plot, the story had me engaged throughout and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend if you’re a fan of John Grisham’s work!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carmun

    ¡Esta bastante bien! Aunque me esperaba un final un poco más impactante.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tina Suraj

    My first Grisham novel and probably my last. The book was much too formulaic and a bit dull (not for an avid mystery reader and an adrenaline junkie)though at certain points it was a fast page turner. The plot was really weak. Maybe this environmental conspiracy plot was breakthrough in the 90s but in 2010, it's a tad bit overused and overdone. What made this book unbearable was Grisham characterization of Darby. She is the generic 90s heroine...extremely smart, absolutely stunning, with a spunk My first Grisham novel and probably my last. The book was much too formulaic and a bit dull (not for an avid mystery reader and an adrenaline junkie)though at certain points it was a fast page turner. The plot was really weak. Maybe this environmental conspiracy plot was breakthrough in the 90s but in 2010, it's a tad bit overused and overdone. What made this book unbearable was Grisham characterization of Darby. She is the generic 90s heroine...extremely smart, absolutely stunning, with a spunky attitude with zero faults...making her unrelatable. And her romance with Callahan and Grantham was oh-so-predicatable. Apparently, for Grisham, damsel in distress always needs to be attached to a white knight.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    i had read a less well-known grisham book, and was pretty disappointed, so i decided to read this one, which is supposedly one of his best. terrible ending, tedious story for the most part. if you can read quickly you might not think you're wasting your time on this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raymond

    I read this book when I was a freshman in high school. I was looking for a book to read for a book report in my English class and the librarian suggested that I read The Pelican Brief. I read it and the rest is history. 15 years and 36 books later, I'm still reading Grisham's books. He is my favorite author and it all started with this novel.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andre Gonzalez

    This book actually had me sweating at certain parts. Such fantastic suspense and drama. The last quarter of the book flew by because I simply couldn't put it down!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tom Barnes

    Washington wakes up to the gruesome news that two members of the Supreme Court have been murdered overnight. The shocking part was in their diversity. The old, should have retired years ago, Democrat Justice Rosenberg and the younger Republican Justice Jensen. The fact that they were almost always on opposite sides of any issue left law enforcement with no clear political motive. The only clues left behind seemed to be ones of the killer’s choosing. A nylon cord used to garrote Jensen as he sat Washington wakes up to the gruesome news that two members of the Supreme Court have been murdered overnight. The shocking part was in their diversity. The old, should have retired years ago, Democrat Justice Rosenberg and the younger Republican Justice Jensen. The fact that they were almost always on opposite sides of any issue left law enforcement with no clear political motive. The only clues left behind seemed to be ones of the killer’s choosing. A nylon cord used to garrote Jensen as he sat in a movie house watching a porno film. The Rosenberg affair was messy – three people dead, three 22-caliber bullets to the head of each victim Rosenberg, a guard and an aid. Down in bayou country Tulane University law professor Thomas Callahan on hearing the news got roaring drunk to ease the pain. Rosenberg was one of his idols and he couldn’t believe the end had come. While the whole country pondered the reason behind the killings Darby Shaw, a bright law student and bed partner of professor Callahan turns sleuth. Ms. Shaw pores over the current Supreme Court docket and eventually comes up with a promising case. And for the next four days she shuffles through pages of affidavits detailing lies and abuses by lawyers and their clients. In the end Darby Shaw writes an eight-page draft of what will later be called the Pelican Brief. Shaw is only half convinced that she is on to something, however, in spite of her skepticism she turns the pages over to Callahan. Callahan attends the Rosenberg funeral in Washington and passes the brief along to a colleague. And once copies of those pages get into the wrong hands Darby Shaw becomes the hunted. John Grisham takes us through a fast paced cat and mouse investigation, and in the end solves the puzzle to everyone’s satisfaction.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ana M. Román

    Acabo de terminarlo hace apenas unos momentos. Debo decir que me ha gustado pero me gustó más La Confesión. Me parece evidente que es uno de sus primeros trabajos, es menos legalista que el anterior que menciono y usa más los típicos elementos usados para agradar a un público más amplio, incluído cierto componente romántico sútil. Además es mucho más comedido en sus críticas ya que aunque las hay son más del tipo que todo el mundo sabe y siempre dejan de lado que las que nos encontramos en La Co Acabo de terminarlo hace apenas unos momentos. Debo decir que me ha gustado pero me gustó más La Confesión. Me parece evidente que es uno de sus primeros trabajos, es menos legalista que el anterior que menciono y usa más los típicos elementos usados para agradar a un público más amplio, incluído cierto componente romántico sútil. Además es mucho más comedido en sus críticas ya que aunque las hay son más del tipo que todo el mundo sabe y siempre dejan de lado que las que nos encontramos en La Confesión. Sobre la trama, no iba tanto acerca de descubrir quién estaba detrás de todo, que también había algo de eso, sino acerca de cómo se desarrollaba todo, de cómo llegaban hasta él. Esta, a fin de parecer presuntuosa en mi afirmacion con solo dos libros del autor leídos, parece ser una característica de John Grisham que no me desagrada. Creo que de este autor me gustan más sus libros con más componente legalista, deformación profesional supongo. Por supuesto se trata de un gran exponente del género y una lectura muy recomendable. Sus capítulos cortos, sus continúos cambios de perspectiva y su ritmo rápido que se mantiene a lo largo de todo el libro con continos descubrimientos hacen de este libro una lectura amena, rápida e interesante.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stefania T.

    John Grisham: primo fatale incontro. 'Il rapporto Pelican' è un libro "da apnea", ovvero appartiene a quel genere di libri che ti lasciano come unica via d'uscita la totale immersione. Non puoi smettere di leggere, il demone della frenesia da lettura si impossessa di tutte le tua facoltà fisiche e mentali, perciò non puoi fare altro che arrivare, in preda all'ingordigia, all'ultima pagina. Tanto di cappello! Quante volte mi è capitato di avere la necessità fisica e mentale di letture simili? In qu John Grisham: primo fatale incontro. 'Il rapporto Pelican' è un libro "da apnea", ovvero appartiene a quel genere di libri che ti lasciano come unica via d'uscita la totale immersione. Non puoi smettere di leggere, il demone della frenesia da lettura si impossessa di tutte le tua facoltà fisiche e mentali, perciò non puoi fare altro che arrivare, in preda all'ingordigia, all'ultima pagina. Tanto di cappello! Quante volte mi è capitato di avere la necessità fisica e mentale di letture simili? In questi momenti si scatenano con più forza la mia passione per i libri e la gratitudine ai rispettivi autori. Allora come potrei spiegare un giudizio così mediocre? Mentre scrivo osservo e scruto alla mia destra la copertina di quello che viene considerato uno dei "migliori Grisham". Se qualcuno mi stesse osservando in questo momento, sul mio volto coglierebbe il ritratto della delusione. Della delusione più assoluta. Il "grande" Grisham è tutto qui? L'articolazione della trama è inesistente ed il suo contenuto è stucchevolemente lineare e scontato. Letto il primo capitolo, è possibile immaginare a grandi linee quanto verrà raccontato nei capitoli successivi. Lo spessore e l'introspezione dei personaggi sono paramentri dell'altro mondo, è già tanto se Grisham abbia deciso di donar loro un nome proprio. Sono figuranti scontati, banali, insipidi e anonimi. Devo essere onesta: il mio pessimo giudizio può essere stato influenzato in maniera massiccia dalle aspettative che negli ultimi anni ho alimentato nei confronti di Grisham. Ed è sempre un'ardua impresa, in questi casi, dimostarsi all'altezza. Probabilmente non sono in grado di cogliere il talento di uno scrittore osannato in tutte le salse perchè non riesco a considerare che ciò che ormai viene considerato "banale" è in realtà l'originalità di Grisham ripresa in tutti i modi possibili dagli scrittori venuti dopo di lui. E' davvero così? E' forse Grisham il "capostipite di un genere" imitato poi da tutti? Non sono sicura che possa essere assolto dall'accusa di banalità, non è un classico, ha scritto negli anni '80/'90 dopotutto, non ha inventato nulla. Non mi fermerò qui, ma continuerò ad addentrarmi nel mondo Grisham per dimostrare tutta la mia buona volontà. Diciamo che, per ora, effettuate le indagini preliminare, John Grisham è rinviato a giudizio. ^_^

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I found great pleasure in this book. Grisham wove an outstanding, well researched plot. His characters move forward into the plot with three dimensions shaping with each word and act. I couldn’t put the book down. Grisham blesses me, and gives me what I need, the way S. King does, in the sense of a mini-vacation from reality. The power of this book, for me, came through the characters, and the outstanding dialogue. If you haven’t seen the movie or read it: A Law student writes a report on the k I found great pleasure in this book. Grisham wove an outstanding, well researched plot. His characters move forward into the plot with three dimensions shaping with each word and act. I couldn’t put the book down. Grisham blesses me, and gives me what I need, the way S. King does, in the sense of a mini-vacation from reality. The power of this book, for me, came through the characters, and the outstanding dialogue. If you haven’t seen the movie or read it: A Law student writes a report on the killings of two Supreme Court Justices, and when the report gets into the hands of reporters and gets passed along, she nearly dies in the explosion which kills her boyfriend, a law professor. She goes into hiding as killers seek her out, and she chooses who she can and can’t trust. The plot unfolds near the end, explaining the brief, and a rich antagonist with mob-like power, tied to government officials. I plan to read more of Grisham, and more in this genre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan Johnson

    This book was hard to get into. I only read it because I heard it on Jeapardy and I wanted to seems smart. LOL, Just kidding. The book was interesting, but with reading other books as well, I tended to jump around a lot. I usually don't do that, but it seemed like the book was really dry unless you were reading a dialog.

  18. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    An edge of your seat thriller that keeps you turning the pages right up until the very end. A well done book by a great author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tim Rees

    Many years since I read it, but I remember I couldn't put it down and falling in love with Darby Shaw. I read the book before the film and Julia Roberts was brilliantly cast in the role.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Molly Greene

    Agggghhhh! Loved the movie so picked this up but whoa! Too many characters, too many POVs, multiple POVs in many scenes without a scene break .... all made it hard to follow. Still, a good story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    For my written review, please check out the link below: Debra's Book Cafe Debs :-)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nenette

    Such an exciting read. I've never watched the movie, but now I must see it. The story is a testament to the adage "small but incredible". The package may be small, but it could be a bomb inside. Who'd have thought that a brief written by one gorgeous law student would be the downfall of many powerful men? Grisham did a good job on playing out the whole story. Nothing was missed and cut; I didn't have unanswered questions. This is one of his best.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I watched this movie on the flight home from Oslo, I really liked it, and I was inspired to read the book. Surprisingly, I actually liked the movie more than the book, just because they didn't try to create a relationship between Gray and Darby, which just seemed super forced and cheesy in the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    First time I read this was 20 years ago. Just reread it for a book club and it's as exciting and relevant today as it was then.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid Verschelling

    Gelezen jan. 1997

  26. 4 out of 5

    Seth

    I recently re-read The Pelican Brief. Also known as John Grisham’s love letter to Julia Roberts. (He wrote the character of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind). Did he write the character of Gray Grantham with Denzel Washington in mind? Methinks probably not. You probably know the plot - two Supreme Court justices get knocked off. A Tulane University student named Darby Shaw comes up with a theory as to who is responsible for the killings. She's spot on, and has to go on the run to save her ow I recently re-read The Pelican Brief. Also known as John Grisham’s love letter to Julia Roberts. (He wrote the character of Darby Shaw with Julia Roberts in mind). Did he write the character of Gray Grantham with Denzel Washington in mind? Methinks probably not. You probably know the plot - two Supreme Court justices get knocked off. A Tulane University student named Darby Shaw comes up with a theory as to who is responsible for the killings. She's spot on, and has to go on the run to save her own life. She is assisted by a Washington Post writer by the name of Gray Grantham as they try to find sources to back up her brief and expose the bad guys before they can snuff her out. It's probably my favorite Grisham novel. The Client and The Firm are the only ones in the same class in my opinion. It was written in the early 1990s, before he became uber-preachy. I hadn't read this since probably about 1992, but I have seen the movie about five times in between, so it was kind of fun in that respect to see some of the differences. It has been a few months since I finished, so I'm having trouble remembering what a lot of them were. You do get more of a sense of Darby's paranoia in the book. You also get more of a sense that Gray Grantham had it BAD for Darby. He goes on and on and on about how great her legs are. Anyways, it's a good read. The movie is pretty good too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nabil Dabbagh

    I expected nothing but greatness from Grisham, and he didn't let me down (though that doesn't mean I don't have some small critiques). Though The Pelican Brief was filled with suspense, the beginning to mid section of the novel did feel a little slow, but as the chapters go the book started sticking to my hands. (NOTE: Do not -- I repeat -- do not, read the last 5-7 chapters before going to bed. Give yourself enough time. I made the mistake to start reading the end at 11:30pm and didn't put the b I expected nothing but greatness from Grisham, and he didn't let me down (though that doesn't mean I don't have some small critiques). Though The Pelican Brief was filled with suspense, the beginning to mid section of the novel did feel a little slow, but as the chapters go the book started sticking to my hands. (NOTE: Do not -- I repeat -- do not, read the last 5-7 chapters before going to bed. Give yourself enough time. I made the mistake to start reading the end at 11:30pm and didn't put the book down until it was finished, 2:30am) SPOILER ALERT: Though I understand the author and publishers decision to include a romantic side to the novel, it was hard at times to really find it conceivable. For Darby lost the man she loved a mere 10 days before she started having feelings for Gray, the reporter at the Post. Just a small thing I found hard to believe, but wasn't worth dropping a star for. -SPOILER END- Overall, a great easy read, which takes a couple chapters to entice, but that does a great job by the end.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Harish Challapalli

    One of the boring plots!! Formula of Grisham!! Extortions, scams, legal issues, gayism, some political flavor!! There are many unanswered questions in the plot!! There are some thrilling points during the plot, but not very gripping at some times which leaves the reader a puzzled feeling!! The story begins with the assassination of two philosophically divergent Supreme Court Justices. Liberal Justice Rosenberg is killed at his home, while the conservative Justice Jensen is killed inside a gay porn ci One of the boring plots!! Formula of Grisham!! Extortions, scams, legal issues, gayism, some political flavor!! There are many unanswered questions in the plot!! There are some thrilling points during the plot, but not very gripping at some times which leaves the reader a puzzled feeling!! The story begins with the assassination of two philosophically divergent Supreme Court Justices. Liberal Justice Rosenberg is killed at his home, while the conservative Justice Jensen is killed inside a gay porn cinema. The circumstances surrounding their deaths, as well as the deaths themselves, shock and confuse a politically divided nation.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fred Shaw

    Excellent

  30. 5 out of 5

    Madhulika Liddle

    In the space of one night, two Justices of the Supreme Court of the US are murdered. Professionally and swiftly, by a hired assassin who vanishes without leaving a trace. While a weak President, controlled by an ambitious and ruthless assistant named Fletcher Coal, exults at the thought that he will now be able to engineer the appointment of two new Justices who will be easier to manipulate, in faraway New Orleans a law student smells something fishy about the killings of Justices Rosenberg and In the space of one night, two Justices of the Supreme Court of the US are murdered. Professionally and swiftly, by a hired assassin who vanishes without leaving a trace. While a weak President, controlled by an ambitious and ruthless assistant named Fletcher Coal, exults at the thought that he will now be able to engineer the appointment of two new Justices who will be easier to manipulate, in faraway New Orleans a law student smells something fishy about the killings of Justices Rosenberg and Jensen. Darby Shaw, gorgeous and long-legged and having an affair with her professor Thomas Callahan, ferrets about and comes to some conclusions which she outlines in a brief. That brief, which she herself discards, deeming it a rough draft that need go no further, is picked up by Callahan, who shows it to an old friend, a lawyer for the FBI—and from there, Darby’s brief, now being referred to as the Pelican Brief, ends up reaching the White House. Within hours, Darby finds herself on the run, pursued relentlessly by assassins. Her only hope ends up being an investigative journalist named Gray Grantham, who has received a series of nervous and mysterious calls from somebody who seems to know something potentially volatile but is dilly-dallying about telling it… I had mixed feelings about The Pelican Brief as it progressed. Neither politics nor law interest me much, so the combination of them was not especially engrossing for me. The cat-and-mouse game, with Darby trying to stay alive while being hunted down, was interesting, and the way she and Grantham try to get to the bottom of the mystery—who is his mysterious caller and what does he know?—was gripping. Eventually, too, the story wasn’t bad: the pace was good, the fitting together of the pieces of the puzzle satisfying. My problem was with the two main protagonists, neither of whom I really liked. Darby Shaw, who’s touted as being so clever that she could figure out the details of the pelican brief (how come nobody else could figure that out, if the trail was there for all to see if only they looked?), is dumb enough to use her credit card to make hotel bookings all over the place while trying to stay hidden from her pursuers? And, if I’d read one more time about her long legs, her gorgeous face and those red-painted toenails (did she keep repainting them the two weeks she was on the run? Or was the polish chipped by the end?)… I’d have thrown up. Minor spoilers ahead: Grantham was marginally better, but not much. You know this woman’s lover was killed before her very eyes, and all you can do is ogle at her, and make it obvious that you want to sleep with her? Ugh. And, Hollywood-like, that does happen. Double ugh. End of spoilers I won’t be reading this again. The plot was fine—even good in places—but I didn’t care for the characters.

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