What are the themes in The Pelican Brief?

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Justice is a primary theme in this novel, as is the case in every John Grisham novel that I have ever read. It is the quest for justice that sends Darby Shaw on a mission to find the reason behind the slaying of two seemingly unrelated supreme court justices.

Environmental issues are another theme in this great novel. This is revealed when it turns out that the murders relate to a case involving a business man attempting to access oil in a Louisiana marshland, which is the home to an endangered bird—the Brown Pelican.

A third theme is suspense, and after her boyfriend is killed in a car bombing which was intended to kill both of them, law student Darby Shaw realizes that she is mortal danger.

Working with a reporter, she ultimately discovers both the truth and a new chance at love, meaning...

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