#1 NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER • “The perfect crime scene ... in the type of wild but smart caper that Grisham’s readers love.”—Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
The master of the legal thriller sweeps you away to paradise for a little sun, sand, mystery, and mayhem. With Camino Winds, America’s favorite storyteller offers the perfect escape. Welcome back to Camino Island, where anything can happen—even a murder in the midst of a hurricane, which might prove to be the perfect crime...
Just as Bruce Cable’s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for the island. Florida’s governor orders a mandatory evacuation, and most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland, but Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm.
The hurricane is devastating: homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets flooded, and a dozen people lose their lives. One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson’s injuries suggests that the storm wasn’t the cause of his death: He has suffered several suspicious blows to the head.
Who would want Nelson dead? The local police are overwhelmed in the aftermath of the storm and ill equipped to handle the case. Bruce begins to wonder if the shady characters in Nelson’s novels might be more real than fictional. And somewhere on Nelson’s computer is the manuscript of his new novel. Could the key to the case be right there—in black and white? As Bruce starts to investigate, what he discovers between the lines is more shocking than any of Nelson’s plot twists—and far more dangerous.
Camino Winds is an irresistible romp and a perfectly thrilling beach read—# 1 bestselling author John Grisham at his beguiling best.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Detectives are fine, sure—but when you’ve got a truly unsolvable murder, try putting a mystery lover on the case. The second book in John Grisham’s lighthearted Camino Island series gives us another delicious murder mystery set on a quiet island off the Florida coast. A literary event has brought an influx of crime writers and fans just as Camino Island is about to get slammed by a major hurricane. And since the police are so overwhelmed with the nature-induced damage, they fail to notice that one of the storm’s casualties—a famous author named Nelson Kerr—actually lost his life to more sinister forces. Thankfully, mystery bookstore owner Bruce Cable steps in to find out what really happened. Along with the suspenseful mystery, it’s Grisham’s colorful cast of crime author characters who make this book such a fun and page-turning read. Michael Beck’s energetic narration underlines the fun Grisham obviously had writing about his own eccentric corner of the literary world.