Camino Island

Camino Island

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Doubleday,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780385543026
Branch Call Number: F GRI
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 25 cm

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watts148
Jul 25, 2017

Very disappointing!!!! Would never t recommend .

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carolsonder
Jul 24, 2017

very disappointing in john grisham again. it's odd that one of the main characters is a struggling writer, and that who this book feels like it was written by. weak start, so so middle then it just ends.

multcolib_alisonk Jul 19, 2017

All icing and no cake; and the icing is the canned kind. Really the premise is just great -- a blocked writer recruited by an agency trying to track down thieves of valuable manuscripts -- but the end result is formulaic and unsatisfying.

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mrpizza
Jul 19, 2017

i have reached the bottom of my goodwill barrel when it comes to John Grisham. His next book better have great reviews or i won't even consider it. The last 3 or 4 books have shown a slow and steady decline in readability. Time to take the advice of the Portland librarian. If ANY book doesn't grab me by the first 32 pages straight back to the library.

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pmeoh
Jul 18, 2017

Not up to Grisham standards. This is an improbable story with bland characters who fail to stimulate any interest in the outcome of the story.

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writermala
Jul 16, 2017

John Grisham is one of my favorite authors.I read him for the brilliance of his Legal Prep work and the brilliance of his courtroom dramas. Camino Island was different in that it did not have either of these. The lead character Mercer is embroiled in a situation following the theft of some very valuable manuscripts from a University Library.
As the plot unfolds our sympathies vacillate between the characters and we are not sure whom to love and whom to hate.
The ending was somewhat tame and expected but did not detract from the value f the boo. An excellent read.

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lucyfir
Jul 06, 2017

I enjoy all John Grisham novels, he's a terrific writer. However, this book just caught my fancy rather it be the storyline, characters, locale, whatever.

Lots of negative comments, which for me is hard to understand. All his novels that veered away from lawyer themed books, have been original and, great reads. It's nice to get away from what people expect in a John Grisham book. Especially when the writing and story are so well presented. Loved this book.

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rewulff
Jul 05, 2017

I'm glad I got this book from the library, because it is certainly not worth purchasing. Grisham has disappointed his lawyer-story fans by wavering into other story lines. This one is a good story, but not up to the standards that have been expected over the years. The ending was disheartening as well.

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KKbks
Jul 04, 2017

I’ve enjoyed so many of John Grisham’s previous books that I was looking forward to reading this new one. But compared to his intriguing legal thrillers, Camino Island was a disappointment. An interesting story about the theft of valuable original manuscripts, but the pace dragged at times. I hope Grisham’s next book returns to the courtroom.

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USAF1969
Jul 04, 2017

When Grisham first came out I loved his books. After awhile I drifted away for reasons not clear to me. Camino Island is the first of his I have read in ages. It has an interesting story line which, ironically, is about books, booksellers, book thieves, and writers. Part of the story telling are multiple interactions between writers debating (and gossiping) about the role of their work. These dialogues seem to distinguish between 'literary' writers and those writing for sale (as in selling lots of books that appeal to lots of readers and make lots of money). For me, this is the crux of the problem with this book. Grisham, as always, delivers a masterpiece of writing with an interesting story, well developed characters, and multiple subplots - very well written. Unfortunately, I like both well written that are also 'gripping.' This one failed to grip me. I kept waiting for something explosive and unique to happen and it never did - the promise seemed to be there, just never was kept. It just kind of drifted to an ending. Don't think I will try another of his books if it isn't one of his legal thrillers, and maybe not then.

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