Camino Island

Version: Unabridged
Author: John Grisham
Narrator: January LaVoy
Genres: Suspense
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: June 2017
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 10 hours
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Overview

A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University’s Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for twenty-five million dollars.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable’s circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.

But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there’s trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.

Reviews (25)

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Written by Deb G on September 23rd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book felt thrown together and "just get it published" - like it's the scraps and leftovers from Grisham's earlier (better) works. Lack of consistent voice and tone. Weakly drawn, stereotypical characters.

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Written by Suzanne T on September 18th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I wasn't sure at first but it roped me in and I couldn't wait to listen.

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Written by Sandra Y on August 21st, 2017

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Just so-so. Sort of dragged

Written by NICOLE C on August 20th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The story was okay and somewhat predictable. It wasn't terrible but not on my list to listen again. The narrator did an amazing job.

Camino Island

Written by Elizabeth S on August 12th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I enjoyed this book, was introduced to a world that I knew nothing about.

Written by Darrick J on August 8th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I'm usually a big fan but this book wasn't as good as I was hoping it would be.

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Written by Jean V on August 4th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I enjoyed it but not worth re-listening. I frequently recommend books I've listened to, to my husband to read ... this is not one. Doubt if I'll recommend it to friends either. It was interesting and different but not "keeps you on the edge of your seat" book. I had no trouble pausing it. I expect a bit more excitement or suspense from Grisham.

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Written by Marion T on July 29th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Took some time to get into it but it was fine once I did. I agree it's not his best work.

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Written by Susan T on July 28th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Normally I am a big fan of John Grisham. This is not his best work. Way too much dialogue, no plot, no character development. Characters incredibly boring. You've done better (A Painted House, Bleachers, The Firm, Pelican Brief) Way, way too much dialogue, not enough intrigue.

Written by Monica L on July 28th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

My husband and I enjoyed listening! Good plot. Abrupt ending.

Author Details

Author Details

Grisham, John

Long before his name became synonymous with the modern legal thriller, he was working 60-70 hours a week at a small Southaven, Mississippi law practice, squeezing in time before going to the office and during courtroom recesses to work on his hobby—writing his first novel.

Born on February 8, 1955 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to a construction worker and a homemaker, John Grisham as a child dreamed of being a professional baseball player. Realizing he didn't have the right stuff for a pro career, he shifted gears and majored in accounting at Mississippi State University. After graduating from law school at Ole Miss in 1981, he went on to practice law for nearly a decade in Southaven, specializing in criminal defense and personal injury litigation. In 1983, he was elected to the state House of Representatives and served until 1990.

One day at the DeSoto County courthouse, Grisham overheard the harrowing testimony of a twelve-year-old rape victim and was inspired to start a novel exploring what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants. Getting up at 5 a.m. every day to get in several hours of writing time before heading off to work, Grisham spent three years on A Time to Kill and finished it in 1987. Initially rejected by many publishers, it was eventually bought by Wynwood Press, who gave it a modest 5,000 copy printing and published it in June 1988.

That might have put an end to Grisham's hobby. However, he had already begun his next book, and it would quickly turn that hobby into a new full-time career—and spark one of publishing's greatest success stories. The day after Grisham completed A Time to Kill, he began work on another novel, the story of a hotshot young attorney lured to an apparently perfect law firm that was not what it appeared. When he sold the film rights to The Firm to Paramount Pictures for $600,000, Grisham suddenly became a hot property among publishers, and book rights were bought by Doubleday. Spending 47 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list, The Firm became the bestselling novel of 1991.

The successes of The Pelican Brief, which hit number one on the New York Times bestseller list, and The Client, which debuted at number one, confirmed Grisham's reputation as the master of the legal thriller. Grisham's success even renewed interest in A Time to Kill, which was republished in hardcover by Doubleday and then in paperback by Dell. This time around, it was a bestseller.

Since first publishing A Time to Kill in 1988, Grisham has written one novel a year (his other books are The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, The Chamber, The Rainmaker, The Runaway Jury, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Testament, The Brethren, A Painted House, Skipping Christmas, The Summons, The King of Torts, Bleachers, The Last Juror, and The Broker) and all of them have become international bestsellers. There are currently over 225 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 29 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into films (The Firm, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, The Rainmaker, The Chamber, A Painted House, The Runaway Jury, and Skipping Christmas), as was an original screenplay, The Gingerbread Man. The Innocent Man (October 2006) marks his first foray into non-fiction.

Grisham lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, VA.

Grisham took time off from writing for several months in 1996 to return, after a five-year hiatus, to the courtroom. He was honoring a commitment made before he had retired from the law to become a full-time writer: representing the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. Preparing his case with the same passion and dedication as his books' protagonists, Grisham successfully argued his clients' case, earning them a jury award of $683,500—the biggest verdict of his career.

When he's not writing, Grisham devotes time to charitable causes, including most recently his Rebuild The Coast Fund, which raised 8.8 million dollars for Gulf Coast relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He also keeps up with his greatest passion: baseball. The man who dreamed of being a professional baseball player now serves as the local Little League commissioner. The six ballfields he built on his property have played host to over 350 kids on 26 Little League teams.