Camino Island

Camino Island

by John Grisham

Overview: A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets. But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.

Faith Bowers (07/25/17): I have read every Grisham novel and this one was the slowest. I am used to a page turner from Grisham and there were only two sections of activity. One in the beginning and one in the end. The two hundred middle pages could have been chick lit. Maybe this is his idea of reaching the millennials. The book is about the book store business and old first editions and the like. There are no lawyers in this book, only the FBI and a private investigative firm. I much preferred the last 4 books he has written, all of them lawyer books in some fashion. These are The Whistler, Rogue Laywer, Gray Mountain and Sycamore Row. All of these books also questioned a modern day value.
Rating: **

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