Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Happiness is brief. Enjoy each day to the fullest.
In the recently released, "Redemption Day" by Steve O'Brien, a supreme court justice is kidnapped at the start of the story. In "The Pelican Brief" two supreme court justices are murdered as the story begins. I found it interesting to compare the stories which were both well written and suspenseful.
In "The Pelican Brief" after the justices are murdered, the President feels that it is an opportunity for him to reshape the court. Eight of the justices will be republicans and this could reshape the direction of the country for years to come.
Darby Shaw is a bright law student at Tulane and thinks she knows why the justices were murdered. She researches her opinion and publishes her findings in a document called "The Pelican Brief."
Darcy is a student and lover of law school professor Thomas Callahan. She shows the document to Callahan and he gives it to a friend in the FBI. Not long after, Callahan is murdered and Darcy becomes hunted and doesn't know where to turn for help.
Grisham is an excellent story teller and a master of creating suspense. The reader can sympathise with Darcy who stays alive by her intelligence and quick wit. She can't decide who to trust but continues her attempt to expose the guilty person, at the risk of her life.