Book review: Camino Island by John Grisham

Camino Island by John Grisham (Dell, 2018) [Photograph by Edith-Mary Smith]

My list of all-time favorites by thriller writer John Grisham includes The Pelican Brief, The Firm, and The Rainmaker. All are about lawyers and the law.

Last week, I read one of his more recent novels: Camino Island (Dell Books, 2018). Here, Grisham firmly breaks with tradition. Camino Island has nothing to do with lawyers.

It does, though, involve a robbery (of priceless manuscripts from the Princeton University library). It involves a young writer. Her name is Mercer Mann. It also involves a bookshop (on a pretty island off the coast of Florida) and that bookshop’s owner, Bruce—a possible love interest for Grisham to dangle in front of the lonely Mercer.

Camino Island does not disappoint. Hardened Grisham fans, perhaps expecting yet another law-firm thriller, will find the book enjoyable and alive with detail.



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