Camino Island

Camino Island

Large Print - 2017
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After being laid off from her teaching position, Mercer Mann is approached by a mysterious woman with a generous offer to go undercover and infiltrate bookstore owner Bruce Cable's life to learn his secrets.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, [2017]
Edition: First large print edtion.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780525527459
0525527451
Branch Call Number: L.P. Fic Gris
Characteristics: large print.
384 pages (large print) ; 24 cm

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MikeHanafin
Jul 20, 2018

Just okay--not one of his usual "can't put down" books. But certainly not his worst (that would be "Skipping Christmas" ...couldn't finish it). 290 pages so a relatively quick read. And almost no lawyers! A NYT book critic put it best: "Grisham takes a vacation from writing Grisham novels"

This is the latest John Grisham novel - but I didn't find it nearly as interesting as his earlier novels - such as The Firm or The Runaway Jury.

plymc_lindsAy Jun 26, 2018

First book I've ever read of Grisham's. I think he has a new fan. I really enjoyed this one.

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20hallben
Apr 29, 2018

He's getting worse with his newer writings

ontherideau Mar 20, 2018

This is cozy crime. Literary commentary amongst the characters who are writers interested me more than the actual crime. The resolution sort of slid into a puddle with little splash.

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kaylenebrady
Feb 08, 2018

Beezbuzz summed it up perfectly. Do not waste your time on this book. Just plain dumb all around.

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21221018293347
Jan 19, 2018

I borrowed this book for a second time, forgetting that I had started it once before and didn't like it. I still don't like it. It is not up to the usual standard set by Grisham's early books. Sycamore Row was another less than the usual standard.

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vdbarry
Jan 15, 2018

Just struggled through Camino Island and what a chore it was; certainly not what I've come to expect from Grisham's earlier works. It's way too wordy and the plot is beyond belief. He needs to go back to what he does best.

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BeezBuzz
Jan 05, 2018

I've read countless Grisham novels and have enjoyed almost all of them, including some of his offbeat entries (e.g., "Playing for Pizza," which I enjoyed immensely). However, "Camino Island" is not a good book, and but for the Grisham name, I doubt it would have been published. It drifts from a promising suspense/thriller text into a tepid romance novel populated with predictable characters. The scenario behind the role of the protagonist is implausible, and the conclusion is bland and unsatisfying. If you must read the latest Grisham work, help yourself, but don't expect it to meet his typical level of quality.

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rugbyhawk
Jan 05, 2018

It was difficult to read as a book. In the book he talks about books and stories that you just force yourself to finish to see how it ends...this is that book. Unfortunately his novels have been getting progressively very "shallow" and the stories have been non-engaging. He seems to infuse political opinion in the stories more and more...that doesn't necessarily make for great "escape" literature. This is the last book I read of his.

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Sep 25, 2017

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“I did manage to ditch my prologue, add quotation marks to my dialogue, take out the big words, and I would have cut some more but there’s not enough to cut.”
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I learned with my first novel that writing books is far easier than selling them.
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Writers are generally split into two camps: those who carefully outline their stories and know the ending before they begin, and those who refuse to do so upon the theory that once a character is created he or she will do something interesting.

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2017

Deep in the Left Bank of Paris, in the heart of the 6th arrondissement on Rue St.-Sulpice, Monsieur Gaston Chappelle ran a tidy little bookshop that had changed little in twenty-eight years. Such stores are scattered throughout the center of the city, each with a different specialty. Monsieur Chappelle’s was rare French, Spanish, and American novels of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Two doors down, a friend dealt only in ancient maps and atlases. Around the corner, another traded in old prints and letters written by historic figures.

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