***The Sunday Times 'Thriller of the Month', Mail on Sunday 'Thriller of the Week' and Sun 'Best for Mystery-Lovers'***
Someone is about to make a killing
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.
Now it falls to struggling writer Mercer Mann to crack a case that has thwarted the FBI's finest minds.
THE INNOCENT MAN by John Grisham is now a major six-part documentary series on Netflix
Praise for Camino Island
'A bewitching blend of high-stakes spying mission and summer romance, with a fascinatingly ambiguous central character' - The Sunday Times
'The gripping plot will have you devouring the chapters in such a frantic fashion you'll begin to wonder if you are somehow complicit in this perfect crime' - Heat
'Grisham shows charm, wit and a light touch' - The Times
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
John Grisham’s 36th novel takes place in the world of antiquarian book-dealing, bookstores and writers—a notable departure from his bestselling legal thrillers. Camino Island starts with the daring heist of a priceless literary treasure: a set of original F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts. It’s a wonderfully fun read, with Grisham’s quick-paced action keeping us hooked from the first page to the last. All the entertaining intrigue is set against the backdrop of a sleepy Florida island, making it a perfect holiday read.
The opening chapters detailing an elaborate scheme to steal five F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts from Princeton are the best part of this thriller from bestseller Grisham (The Whistler). A sophisticated gang pulls off the theft after faking a campus shooting that causes widespread panic. The university's insurance company, liable for millions, reaches out to unemployed academic and struggling writer Mercer Mann, who has just lost her position at the University of North Carolina and is in desperate financial straits. Mercer grew up spending summers on Florida's Camino Island, where Donna Watson, the shadowy insurance company representative, believes the stolen manuscripts are; she thinks they're in the possession of Bruce Cable, who runs a successful independent bookstore there. Despite Mercer's initial misgivings about functioning as a spy, she agrees to return to Camino Island and insinuate herself into its literary community as a precursor to gaining Bruce's confidence and determining whether he has the stolen goods. But after this promising setup, the plot follows predictable lines to a conclusion that genre fans have seen before. Author tour.
Customer ReviewsSee All
An enjoyable light mystery crime novel with mostly delightful characters tending towards a fairy tale is how I found it. Thankyou.
Slow and not very intriguing. There’s a line in the book about not reading past page 100 if the book doesn’t grab you. Rather ironic as it was on page two hundred and something. Give this one a miss.
Did not pick the ending at all. Well written again.