The most daring and devastating heist in literary history targets a high security vault located deep beneath Princeton University. Valued at $25 million (though some would say priceless), the five manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald's only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace. Dealing in stolen books is a dark business, and few are initiated to its arts - which puts Bruce Kable right on the FBI's Rare Asset Recovery Unit's watch list.
A struggling writer burdened by debts, Mercer Mann spent summers on Florida's idyllic Camino Island as a kid, in her grandmother's beach cottage. Now she is being made an offer she can't refuse: to return to the peace of the island, to write her novel - and get close to a certain infamous bookseller, and his interesting collection of manuscripts....
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By Simon on 07-06-17
An Island Story Adrift From its Plot
I've always liked a good John Grisham; when he's on form with his legal thrillers he's the master of his domain. My impression is that when he strays off his home turf and tries to play away the results are a little more mixed. Camino Island has done nothing to change my mind.
There's the positive in that I found the characters engaging with the decadent literary clique he creates on the island genuinely enjoyable. The story is interesting and the idea is good but the whole thing never took off for me or got the pulse racing. The heist is by modern thrillers fairly standard Ocean's Eleven fayre without the killer cleverness. The plotting isn't of the highest standard. For example one of the highly professional and experienced thieves who had a criminal record chooses to ignore something he really would have known meant serious trouble.
The narration by January Lavoy is of her normal high standard. She reads very clearly and at a brisk pace while managing a wide range of character voices. There is one female character on the island that is written as a soft touch to be fair but who ends up coming out as a wet enough blanket to dowse any small house fire!
Throughout though there was no great feeling of ongoing jeopardy and the main subject seemed often distant or in the background. This meant that while this is fairly enjoyable reading it never builds up any great head of steam or excitement. In all a pleasant rather than exciting or spectacular read that won't stay long in the mind or make it into most people's Grisham top ten list.
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By User on 30-11-17
Boring book badly narrated
The subject matter of this book is badly chosen and the writing is poor, which is disappointing from a veteran writer such as Grisham. Long conversations between characters that go nowhere and add nothing to the plot, and no sense of tension. The narrator is awful, very hard to listen to and resorts to "comedy" accents. Avoid.
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By Nicholas Kirriwom on 04-05-18
Enjoyed The Story
Loved reading. Full of suspense from the beginning. A bit different from other books written by J Grisham.
By Anonymous User on 29-08-17
Good holiday read
A good narrator, clever plot and an interesting end to the story! A holiday read.