I liked this book. One of the best reads in a long time. Adult fiction, no fluff.
What a disappointment. I kept waiting, waiting thinking more was going to happen. It never did.
This story just never got off the ground for me. I was expecting (anticipating) the usual super intense story that Grisham provides, but it wasn't there. It was a nice story, but he is capable of much, much better.
This is a pleasant "caper" novel. The central character is a young novelist, Mercer Mann, who finds herself drafted to help a mysterious organization try to recover stolen rare manuscripts. The character of older Bruce Cable, a Florida bookseller who "dabbles" in stolen rare books is presented with a mix of admiration / wish fulfillment and without anything which would draw the reader to root for him. At times, an interesting look at the world of 1) booksellers, 2) writers, and 3) beachcombers. Not a thriller, legal or otherwise.
A John Grisham book without a law firm or courtroom at center stage . . . novel! I found this to be a compelling read with a premise that was attractive to my librarian self.
There is the anatomy of a heist with enough doubt cast on the wherabouts of the loot to make the rest of the book entertaining. The final scenes seemed a bit rushed or I might have considered giving it an additional star. One of the more enjoyable Grisham plots overall
Not your typical Grisham, and if his name wasn't on the cover I think the reviews would be more positive. Definitely a quick read, predictable at times, but a different subject matter was refreshing. In comparison to his last couple, I would rank it above The Whistler and Rogue Lawyer, but below Gray Mountain.
Bruce Cable is living his dream in his bookstore on Camino Island when an FBI parallel insurance investigation hires his easy bait, a down and out writer. Like Bay Books, the novel is a mix of popular mystery, rare book literary interest and sophisticated thievery, with thievery by far the best. Grisham sacrifices suspense for simplicity, giving a wider audience the view from the surveillance camera.
Very disappointing!!!! Would never t recommend .
very disappointing in john grisham again. it's odd that one of the main characters is a struggling writer, and that who this book feels like it was written by. weak start, so so middle then it just ends.
All icing and no cake; and the icing is the canned kind. Really the premise is just great -- a blocked writer recruited by an agency trying to track down thieves of valuable manuscripts -- but the end result is formulaic and unsatisfying.
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