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Camino Island: A Novel

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A delightfully lighthearted caper . . . [a] fast-moving, entertaining tale.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, impossible to resist.
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 unsavory ventures.
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 monetary offer convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Cable’s circle of literary friends, to get close to the ringleader, to discover his secrets.

But soon Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise—as only John Grisham can deliver it.

Praise for Camino Island

“A happy lark [that] provides the pleasure of a leisurely jaunt periodically jolted into high gear, just for the fun and speed of it.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Sheer catnip . . . [Grisham] reveals an amiable, sardonic edge here that makes Camino Island a most agreeable summer destination.”—USA Today

“Fans will thrill with the classic chase and satisfying ending; and book lovers will wallow in ecstasy.”—The Florida Times-Union

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Anonymous says:

The OPPOSITE of tight, clever and interesting! This book sounds good on paper, so to speak. Fun, heist-oriented plot; interesting subject matter with the writer angle, great potential for that perfect blend of suspense, mystery and intrigue, and a popular proven author. Unfortunately, it delivers on virtually none of its potential. Before I point out a laundry list of irritations, I will just say a really good way to describe my reading experience with this novel is to point out two things I did while reading it.1. I had to…

Anonymous says:

Parts were great This might not be my favorite Grisham novel, but there’s still plenty to like when it’s Grisham writing the story. Set on an island in Florida, centered around a small bookstore with a national reputation, this is the story of Mercer, a thirty-something writer with writer’s block who’s just been let go from her college teaching job because of budget cuts. She’s approached by a woman who works for the insurance company who is on the hook for 25 million dollars after five, handwritten…

Anonymous says:

Well worth getting up early I set my alarm several hours early so I could read this before work, and I don’t regret the time. For me, Grisham’s last few offerings have been hit and miss, with many of them having disappointing resolutions. While Camino Island does wrap up rather quickly, it did not feel rushed or unfinished.The characters really drive the novel, and I found them very engaging. Mercer, Bruce, Noelle, and the supporting cast are all interesting and fun, and carried the novel even more than the…

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