Camino Island
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.

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  • Fred
    Jun 12, 2017


    Mercer Mann has had writer's "block", struggling to write her second book, ready to be fired by Univ. of No. Carolina. She is called, must take the job & hired by Elaine Shelby (aka Donna Watson) to get Bruce Cable's undercover secrets. Bruce Cable owns a Back Bay Book's "New and R...

  • Megargee
    Jun 11, 2017


    A reasonably entertaining, entirely plot driven caper story. The MacGuffin in this tale is a collection of the original manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's five published novels that are stolen by a clever band of thieves from Princeton University's Firestone Library. How are the thie...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Jun 10, 2017

    Kasa Cotugno

    As close to chicklit as Grisham could get (accomplished woman in dire straits is only person in the world who can help the FBI nail their man). But the writing is trademark crisp, and who wouldn't love a story where the mcguffin is the original manuscript for The Great Gatsby. ...

  • Scott
    Jun 10, 2017


    Every time I read a book by John Grisham, I am consistently reminded of what a great storyteller he is. His style is compact, direct and to the point, and pulls you in immediately. I wasn’t 10 pages into his new book “Camino Island” and I knew that I would be spending mo...

  • Cynthia
    Jun 10, 2017


    I have always been a Grisham fan, even though at times I have grown weary of his repetitive legal thrillers. This new book is not a legal thriller, a large plus for me. Grisham is a great storyteller, but not a deep literary writer. This book was complete fun! I thoroughly enjoyed it! ...

  • Tony Nielsen
    Jun 10, 2017

    Tony Nielsen

    John Grisham just doesn't let his many followers down, and Camino Island is no exception. Grisham departs from his usual modus operandi in that this story doesn't have a basis in the legal world, although there is a major crime at the core of the plot.When a sneaky and audacious breaki...

  • Patricia
    Jun 10, 2017


    It was a little slow getting into this book, but I give it a full five stars for a great escape read, a taut plot, believable characters and a purely Grisham ending. Reading Grisham, after reading lesser authors, is such a joy. He knows where the story is going, and he gets us there. W...

  • Don Gorman
    Jun 10, 2017

    Don Gorman

    (2 1/2). John Grisham is an enigma. Some of his stories are great others not so much. He has been on a hot streak the last 4, but unfortunately, that streak ends here. The beginning of this book is exciting and compelling. The ending of this book is also good. The two hundred plus page...

  • Fred Forbes
    Jun 10, 2017

    Fred Forbes

    A new Grisham hits, shove the rest of the reading pile aside and dive in! Written in his clear and straightforward style with a flowing narrative it is hard not to enjoy this one. For those of us who love books, authors and bookstores it is a real treat not sure it would be for those w...

  • Bill
    Jun 10, 2017


    I love Grisham just absolutely bonkers about his writing. That being said Camino Island was boring boring boring. I kept waiting for the intrigue the fun something, but it wasn't there. I hope Grisham is not going the way of other popular writers these, write for profit instead of read...