cover image The Pelican Brief

The Pelican Brief

John Grisham. Dell Publishing Company, $7.99 (448pp) ISBN 978-0-440-21404-5

In this tale of the aftermath of the assassinations of two Supreme Court justices, Grisham delivers a suspenseful plot at a breakneck pace, although his characters are stereotypes. The hardcover was on the PW bestseller list 48 weeks and the mass market was No. 1 last week. (Mar.)