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Camino Island: A Novel

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Written By: John Grisham

Narrated By: January LaVoy

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: June 2017

Duration: 5 hours 53 minutes


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.


  • Jean V

    I enjoyed it but not worth re-listening. I frequently recommend books I've listened to, to my husband to read ... this is not one. Doubt if I'll recommend it to friends either. It was interesting and different but not "keeps you on the edge of your seat" book. I had no trouble pausing it. I expect a bit more excitement or suspense from Grisham.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Ranelle M.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. White collar crime, regularl crime, rare books and the beach- great combination.

  • David S

    Can’t believe I went all the way to the end. Boring story with no surprises. 8 hours I could have slept.

  • Charlene C

    Just not a robbery, but a wonderful mixing of characters for never a dull moment of listening. Also learned so much about the world of rare book collecting. Loved it.

  • Deb G

    This book felt thrown together and "just get it published" - like it's the scraps and leftovers from Grisham's earlier (better) works. Lack of consistent voice and tone. Weakly drawn, stereotypical characters.

  • Suzanne T

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I wasn't sure at first but it roped me in and I couldn't wait to listen.

  • Sandra Y

    Just so-so. Sort of dragged


    The story was okay and somewhat predictable. It wasn't terrible but not on my list to listen again. The narrator did an amazing job.

  • Elizabeth S

    I enjoyed this book, was introduced to a world that I knew nothing about.

  • Darrick J

    I'm usually a big fan but this book wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be.

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