“In American icon John Grisham’s new novel, Camino Winds, an odd assortment of mystery and crime authors, some of them felons themselves, discover one of their colleagues has been murdered during the fury of a massive hurricane—the perfect crime scene. Since officials are preoccupied with the aftermath of the storm, the authors set out to solve the mystery themselves, in the type of wild but smart caper that Grisham’s readers love.” —Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing
John Grisham, #1 bestselling author and 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 proves once again how multitalented the author of iconic legal thrillers like The Firm is. Camino Winds gives us another delicious murder mystery set on Florida’s Camino Island, where a crime fiction convention has brought a slew of writers and fans to town just as the island’s about to get slammed by a powerful hurricane. And since the police are so overwhelmed with natural disasters, 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 suspense, it’s Grisham’s colorful cast of characters who make this book such a fun and page-turning read.
The murder of popular thriller writer Nelson Kerr during a hurricane drives bestseller Grisham's exciting follow-up to 2017's Camino Island. In the hurricane's aftermath, the Camino Island police are too preoccupied to handle the case competently, so Nelson's bookseller friend, Bruce Cable, the endearing though roguish leader of the Florida resort island's literary society, and his pals ex-con crime writer J. Andrew Cobb and bookstore intern Nick Sutton obtain permission from Nelson's relatives to investigate. The discovery of Nelson's unpublished final novel, concerning Medicare fraud, conceivably holds the key to his death. Believing the manuscript is fact posing as fiction, Bruce retains the services of a dodgy security firm to infiltrate nursing homes. This effort leads to more murders, a cover-up, and a massive FBI operation to bring the book's villains to justice. Grisham peoples the intriguing, elaborate plot with a winsome ensemble of distinguished authors and booklovers. Readers will hope to return soon to this appealing vacation hot spot.
Better than the first book but...
John Grisham is widely known for his courtroom and crime books and this had some of those elements but I had a hard time putting the fictional characters with the case written about. Using the term multiple times bad guys is non-descript for Grisham. The characters on Camino Island were too simple. I have read both books and I was only engaged in this one when the actual crime started with Nelson Kerr’s book... the contract killers and that stuff was more accurate for the author. Having a whistleblower case like this one was gruesome but I know that it happens and he dealt with the topic in a much different manner than the rest of the book. Almost felt like a novice author wrote the Camino Island parts and characters and Grisham wrote the crime. I am giving this a generous 4 stars because of the author and his past books that were crime fiction or courtroom thrillers. I actually had buyers remorse for the first half or more of the book. But when it got to the crime I couldn’t put it down. As gruelling as it was to read about it was indeed the authors style finally. It did switch back and forth a bit when I couldn’t put it down but overall I will give credit for a much better ending and plot than the first book Camino Island!
I’ve been a John Grisham fan for a long time but him mentioning President Trump in Camino Winds in an unfavorable way didn’t make me happy. So John if you happen to read this how about sticking to writing and leave your politics out of it. You could lose a lot of fans if you don’t. Personally I don’t push my political beliefs on anyone I do my politics at the voting booths.
Not Grisham’s best. The book didn’t get good until they hired Lindsey and team. Took me a while to finish because the first 400 pages moved slow. The last hundred is the real story and moved FAST.