by John Grisham
Sooner or later, all famous people land in Florida, besot by sunshine and a tempting tax code. John Grisham, the legal literary star, is no exception. He now owns a patch of sand on Amelia Island, the setting of Camino Island, recently published by Bantam Books, a division of Penguin Random House.
Grisham, the Arkansas native and Mississippi State grad who earned his law degree in Oxford at Ole Miss, served six years in the Mississippi House of Representatives. He originally wanted to be a tax attorney, but practiced criminal law for nearly a decade before gripping the legal limelight with his first bestseller, The Firm, the top novel of 1991. The book has sold more than 7 million copies and was a feature film starring Tom Cruise.
Grisham has written more than 30 novels across several literary genres, including sports fiction and comedic fiction, but most of his work camps in criminal fiction. Camino Island is a clever legal thriller about an incredulous heist of the F. Scott Fitzgerald manuscripts at Princeton. Readers are plunged into the dark world of art thieves and dealers in forgeries and stolen valuables like rare books.
The crime scene commences in New Jersey with stops in the Poconos, Rochester, Chapel Hill, Asheville, Knoxville, Memphis, and Tallahassee before parking by the Atlantic on Amelia. There are forays to New Orleans and France, but most of the action...