Camino Island

Camino Island

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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385543026
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 290 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 20, 2017

I liked this book. One of the best reads in a long time. Adult fiction, no fluff.

Aug 19, 2017

What a disappointment. I kept waiting, waiting thinking more was going to happen. It never did.

Aug 17, 2017

This story just never got off the ground for me. I was expecting (anticipating) the usual super intense story that Grisham provides, but it wasn't there. It was a nice story, but he is capable of much, much better.

Aug 09, 2017

This is a pleasant "caper" novel. The central character is a young novelist, Mercer Mann, who finds herself drafted to help a mysterious organization try to recover stolen rare manuscripts. The character of older Bruce Cable, a Florida bookseller who "dabbles" in stolen rare books is presented with a mix of admiration / wish fulfillment and without anything which would draw the reader to root for him. At times, an interesting look at the world of 1) booksellers, 2) writers, and 3) beachcombers. Not a thriller, legal or otherwise.

Aug 06, 2017

A John Grisham book without a law firm or courtroom at center stage . . . novel! I found this to be a compelling read with a premise that was attractive to my librarian self.

There is the anatomy of a heist with enough doubt cast on the wherabouts of the loot to make the rest of the book entertaining. The final scenes seemed a bit rushed or I might have considered giving it an additional star. One of the more enjoyable Grisham plots overall

Aug 04, 2017

Not your typical Grisham, and if his name wasn't on the cover I think the reviews would be more positive. Definitely a quick read, predictable at times, but a different subject matter was refreshing. In comparison to his last couple, I would rank it above The Whistler and Rogue Lawyer, but below Gray Mountain.

Jul 29, 2017

Bruce Cable is living his dream in his bookstore on Camino Island when an FBI parallel insurance investigation hires his easy bait, a down and out writer. Like Bay Books, the novel is a mix of popular mystery, rare book literary interest and sophisticated thievery, with thievery by far the best. Grisham sacrifices suspense for simplicity, giving a wider audience the view from the surveillance camera.

Jul 25, 2017

Very disappointing!!!! Would never t recommend .

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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