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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 plot, which was solid but could have used a little more development in a few spots. I was originally expecting a few more "thriller" elements, but I'm actually glad that Grisham did not include chases or high suspense, because I think they would have weakened the story in the end. The book is consistent in plot and tone, and I read it straight through with no desire to take a break.
On the whole, this is a solid and enjoyable read, and definitely one of Grisham's best efforts in recent years.
So what, you might ask, was good enough to earn the book three stars? Well - the basic storyline (minus the aggravating heroine) was fun. The theft, the things that led to the capture of some thieves, the underlying story of a man who turned a small bookstore into a fantastic business, and the well written discussions of various authors - known and unknown kept my interest. I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of Hemingway and that group of like minded authors - and while I'm not sure it was intentional, Grisham turns them into somewhat humorous failures as human beings in spite of their adulation as authors. The author is a good writer and tosses imaginative nuggets throughout the story that made me laugh and want to keep reading, even if I wasn't fond of a few of the characters. I had no desire to stay up all night finishing the book, but I don't think it was meant to be an all night thriller - just a very pleasant read for lovers of books and book business.
I wouldn't buy this as a hardcover - but for a Kindle, or in paperback, or from your local library - it's a fun read for a book lover.
As a book lover and longtime Grisham reader and fan, John Grisham's 30th novel does not disappoint. Pure entertainment. Gripping the reader from page one with the allure of F. Scott Fitzgerald, an American Lit professor imposter and priceless manuscripts housed in Princeton. Grisham sets the stage for a unique literary caper.
It appears Grisham is tapped in and timely with Camino Island. Most recently in London $2.5 Million dollars worth of rare books were heisted from a warehouse, one of which was a 1569 edition of Dante's "Divine Comedy," according to the Guardian.
Seemed someone else got "felonious ideas" before Camino Island hit the bookshelves.
Being a book collector and working in the book business myself, Camino Island's plot line resonated with me on a personal level. Give me black coffee and a good book or bookstore any day. I also love a good heist novel, ala Richard Stark style... but this is no bank heist.
Bruce Cable appealed to me having worked many years for "the big chains" bookstores. Mercer Mann for the writer in me (she drives a Volkswagen Beetle, she's not on John Grisham's level yet). The plot gets more entwined when Mercer must insinuate herself into Cable's life to see if he has the heisted manuscripts (he's got some back door book business you won't find in most bookstores). Camino Island itself reminds me of Catalina Island here in California. I might think twice about the seemingly ordinary bookstore there now thanks to Grisham.
Bottom line: Grisham knows how to write great bad guys and page-turning pacing. Great dialogue and suspense. He is the master of the justice system and social injustices when I reflect on A Time to Kill, which was reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird (one of my all time favorite books) or The Chamber. But Camino Island is different and pure literary entertainment.
From a Time To Kill to Camino Island, Grisham Never Fails. He heisted my sleep, but who needs dreams anyway. Great read. Enjoyed the innovative intrigue in a world of booksmart criminals that offered a refreshing twist on the heist novel.
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