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The author, John Grisham, is first and foremost a lawyer, and the themes found in 'The Pelican Brief' recur in all his works. Grisham is preoccupied with the abuse of public confidence and corruption in general in political circles, but he is also very keen on showing how a few ethical individuals - through perserverence, intelligence and a bit of luck - can break through bureaucratic red tape just the same.
There is an element of poetic justice in Grisham's novels. Rarely do his "bad guys" get off scot free forever, although a couple of times (I'm thinking primarily of 'The Partner' here) "the big one" does indeed get away.
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