The Pelican Brief Topics for Discussion

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How are Khamel and Barr's murders similar and how do they differ? What do they say about trained professionals?

Why are Nelson Muncie and his murdered niece discussed at such length early in the novel? How does Justice Rosenberg's real murderer resemble and differ from Muncie?

What function does the Underground Army and its firebombing of pornography theaters play in the novel? Is this subplot over- or underplayed?

Darby Shaw has ethical problems with the surveillance photographs of Garcia, shot because in Gray Grantham's mind the end justifies the means. How would you weigh the issue?

Does FBI Director Voyles' description of the clandestine CIA mission in New Orleans square with Rupert's first meeting with Darby Shaw after the explosion? Could he have convinced her at that point he is on her side? Do he and Stump appear to be working at odds?

Is this novel more...

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