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Camino Island: A Novel by John Grisham
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Camino Island: A Novel (edition 2017)

by John Grisham (Author)

Series: Camino Island (1)

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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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Title:Camino Island: A Novel
Authors:John Grisham (Author)
Info:Doubleday (2017), Edition: 1st Edition, 304 pages
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Camino Island: A Novel by John Grisham

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I listened to this book while traveling. I was hooked right at the beginning. Grisham does such a wonderful job weaving the story.
Mercer is an out of worker writer. Since she has connections on Camino Island, Mercer is approached to be a spy to try to find out about 5 missing manuscripts. The money offered is too good to pass up. Her target is Bruce Cable who own/operates a local book store. It is easy for Mercer to infiltrate Bruce's world. Mercer soon finds out more that she wants to know. ( )
  travelgal | Dec 31, 2021 |
A fascinating thriller with no blood or violent deaths. This takes readers into the world of rare books and manuscripts. Mercer is a hard up writer trying to write a second novel. She returns to Camino Island at the request of an insurance company after five original manuscripts are stolen from a university. They have a lead on a book seller and she is asked to get close to him. We'll paced and interesting. ( )
  CarolKub | Dec 22, 2021 |
I haven't read Grisham since The Firm but checked this out as an escape from heavy assigned reading. The premise was intriguing, but the execution was lame. Boring, dumb, implausible. ( )
  Bruyere_C | Dec 2, 2021 |
Being a big fan who has read all of John Grisham's novels up to Camino Island, and who is soon going to read his next, I would rate this book 3.5 and round it off to 4 stars. Also for the same reason, I wish to express my disappointment with this story that begins with a bang and ends quite well, but drags along without any real movement for bulk of the middle.
It is a decent read overall, with Grisham's easy prose, some interesting characters, and a slice of life in the literary circles set in the sunny state of Florida. His tips for budding writers through the mouths of his characters seem sensible. Apart from that, the story is bland, without any gripping twists that one would expect from the master storyteller who just seems to have fallen down from the high standards he has set in his long career.
I do hope his next one lives up to my expectations... ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
Fine. ( )
  auldhouse | Sep 30, 2021 |
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Defert, DominiqueTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fusari, LucaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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.

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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.

AR Level 6.1; AR Points 14.
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