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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.
A Pleasant Step Away From Legal Thrillers
Apparently, I'm the second person to have actually read the book and review it. I almost never write reviews because I don't figure people need my opinion to decide whether they'll like a book, but seeing the poor rating this book has because of two weirdos who haven't even bothered to read it, I decided to throw my 2 cents out there.
What you need to know is that this is not a legal thriller. It's actually a nice divergence away from that for Grisham. It's certainly not a deep or philosophical read, and I got through it in about 3 hours. I also figured the end story about halfway through. But it was enjoyable and didn't become preachy, like I've found some of his books to be.
Overall, I'd call it an easy, breezy summer read.
Well written, good solid plot that has the reader hoping the end will be a they would like but not quite sure. I enjoyed the book immensely and spent every moment I had to pick it up and continue reading. Hated to see it end.
Enjoyable and quick read. Awesome story!
Sadly (or actually pretty stupid) that the other two reviews didn't even read the book. Hand the Birdman from Alcatraz some tissue for his little whine fest.