Grisham, John: The Pelican Brief

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THE PELICAN BRIEF by John Grisham In a night of October two Judges, called Jensen and Rosenberg, are killed. There s the indication that both were killed by the same murderer. The whole city is in a tumult: Everybody wants to find the guilty person; On the one hand the White House (including FBI and CIA) to make impression on the citizen before the elections start, on the other hand some individual persons. One of them is Thomas Callahan, a law professor at the University, who was a big supporter of Rosenberg and his theories. After talking a long time about this murder his girlfriend Darby Shaw, by the way one of Callahan s students, makes enquiries and writes the Pelican Brief: In the Pelican Brief Darby Shaw (i.a.) describes who could have killed the two judges and why they were murdered, who was the customer and who could be the next on their list. She accuses the White House, that means the president and his assistant, Coal. Callahan likes her theory and shows a copy of the Pelican Brief to a good friend of his, Gavin Verheek who works as a special counsel for the FBI. Somehow the Pelican Brief gets into the White House and 48 hours later Callahan is dead, killed through a car explosion... FILM Darby Shaw realizes that the Pelican Brief is directly on point and that she s in danger because now they re after her. She needs help and so she contacts Gavin Verheek. However, just before they want to meet each other, Verheek is killed and Darby is very lucky to get away ...

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