The John Grisham Challenge: The Pelican Brief


I’ve just finished the third book in the John Grisham lineup as part of my #JohnGrishamChallenge, and holy crap, what a wild ride!

The Pelican Brief is one of those books where I (brace yourself for the cliche) literally “couldn’t put it down!” It’s a cat-and-mouse chase through and through, and the victims of the murders catch you off guard every single time.

I said there’s murders, but the book’s not scary by any stretch of the imagination. Heck, it’s hardly even a law book. It’s just about a fresh law student who happens to pin the target in an extracurricular brief she drafts up about the mystery murders of two Supreme Court Justices.

At this point through his books, I can safely say that Grisham’s books are gaining more and more momentum and are getting more and more hard to put down.

Have you read it? Share your thoughts below or go to #JohnGrishamChallenge to submit your Grisham book reviews.

Published by Andrew Toy

Writer when I'm not being a husband or dad. So mostly just a husband and dad.

10 thoughts on “The John Grisham Challenge: The Pelican Brief

  1. I love John Grisham books and yes, I really liked this one. It’s one of those books that makes one wonder what is going on in our court systems, government offices, police and FBI institutions, etc. Sometimes a fresh young look at a case might be just what they need to figure out a situation.


    1. I agree completely, and yes, it’s sometimes scary to think what might be going on over our heads and out of our hands.


  2. I love all of his books (except the non fiction…had trouble with that one). Pelican Brief was so intense. And the movie wasn’t half bad….better than the movie The Firm, which was actually the book I stayed up all night to read.


    1. I really had a hard time with is non-fiction as well. It was dry, and I found it unimportant and redundant at times. Overall, kind of a waste.

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  3. I love John Grisham. I’ve read quite most of his books and still working on the rest. Among them, The Client, The Runaway Jury, The Broker, and The Testament took my breath away. Ooh, and Theodore Boone series was quite fun too. 🙂


    1. Yes, I’m reading them in order. Except I’m jumping ahead now and reading The Rainmaker as sort of assistance for my upcoming book about Big Insurance. But I’ll save my review for later.

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