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Camino Island by John Grisham
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Camino Island

by John Grisham

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Nifty little chapters, the pace only picked up in the last third of the book. Not quite a thriller nor a mystery, Grisham is still best with his legal thrillers rather than these other genres. ( )
  siok | Sep 23, 2018 |
My first book by this author with no pace. Readers are invited into a small beachfront community in Florida, and enter into intimate conversations with authors, booksellers, and collectors. The book hinges on the theft--from Princeton University's library--of five original Fitzgerald manuscripts. Will the thieves get away with their theft and auction the hostage papers back to Princeton? There is virtually no tension as the story unfolds. Rather, readers join characters in brunches and social events to advance the plot. Interestingly, Grisham leads a discussion into the disparity between popular success for writers versus literary acclaim. It's all too slow, too academic, and too uninvolving. ( )
  neddludd | Sep 14, 2018 |
I don't think this book was as good as his others. The story line was interesting but there wasn't too many "surprises" compared to his other books. ( )
  Chelz286 | Aug 26, 2018 |
Interesting read, you can scratch your head on wondering how many people got away with doing things that are not completely legal. ( )
  Baochuan | Jul 11, 2018 |
Good story with interesting characters. ( )
  deldevries | Jul 3, 2018 |
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Priceless F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts stolen in a daring heist; a young woman recruited to recover them; a beach-resort bookseller who gets more than he bargained for—all in one long summer on Camino Island.
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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.

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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.… (more)

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