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Camino Winds: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – February 23, 2021
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- Publisher : Dell (February 23, 2021)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 059315777X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593157770
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 0.91 x 7.47 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A sequel to Camino Island, familiar characters and landscape. Intriguing story of nursing home fraud, murder, and the FBI.
If you are a Grisham fan you will enjoy it.
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A storm, a murder, a huge Medicare fraud. a bunch of amateur sluthes who with a little help from FBI and local and state troops eventually solve the case.
By the end I couldn't care less who did what to whom and I'm a big Gresham fan!
Clearly, readers of a novel have differing expectations of a book - expectations that may never be realised in any one book, no matter who the writer of the book happens to be. A writer's mind is generally specific to a single range, or genre, of literature. In John Grisham's case this genre has to do with lawbreakers and the function and action of various persons associated with the breaking of the law - various crimes and their investigation, lawyers' activities, court cases, sentencing or acquitting from crime capers. Grisham's professional background serves him admirably in this genre of novel writing and, rightly, he has an international reputation in such a field, having over the years written many detailed, inspirational, and educative novels on his preferred topics.
However, John Grisham has had the personal and literary courage to attempt to write about adjunct subjects to those in which he specialises - "Skipping Christmas", "Playing for Pizza", and the short stories of "Ford County" (not to mention his admirable "Theodore Boone" series for younger readers - and readers who feel young!). So, "Camino Winds" may not be what some John Grisham readers expect from him, but, for aficionados like the present reviewer, it assumes its place in the canon of competent, readable, and worthwhile books from this source. The reader can appreciate and enjoy the breadth of Grisham's literary skills. The contents of the book have been adequately explored by several of the book's reviewers.
As previously mentioned, however, “Camino Winds” is not a direct follow-up to “Camino Islands”, and the novel can be enjoyed for its own distinctiveness. However, the link between the two books is a factor in appreciating Grisham’s literary art (see also “A Time to Kill” and “Sycamore Row” for the Jake Brigance sequence of novels). The main narrative concerns the death of a friend of the book’s main character, Bruce Cable. The latter is the proprietor of Bay Books, in Santa Rosa, Florida, and is the main man from “Camino Island”. Cable is a book dealer who lives an affluent lifestyle, and he brings together several friends with an interest in literature. One such friend was the writer Nelson Kerr, and he was amongst numbers of people who decided to remain in Santa Rosa and ride out the devastating storm. However, when the storm abates, Nelson Kerr is dead.
Initially, it is thought that Kerr was an unfortunate victim of the storm, but evidence suggests that the storm was not the cause of his death - “he had received several mysterious blows to the head.” So begins an investigation into Nelson Kerr’s death. With the police investigation seemingly getting nowhere, as well as the focus of the authorities being on the storm damage, Bruce Cable begins to seriously consider Kerr’s death. Could it be linked to the shady characters in Kerr’s novel? Is the still unpublished novel more fact than fiction? The key to Nelson Kerr’s death could be contained in the computer-held manuscript of his novel. This research by Cable, and what his search reveals, is the shocking and key ingredient of the book’s narrative, as well as containing the most compelling pages of the novel.
After writing over thirty novels before he turned his attention to the group of friends and literary companions that gather and were involved in intrigue on "Camino Island", and then were battered by the hurricane and death in Santa Rosa in “Camino Winds”, John Grisham is well-attuned to his subjects and shows his skill in developing the characters. As with his earlier novel, the narrative of “Camino Winds” offers plots and sub-plots that may differ from his earlier novels, but Grisham’s ability to present these stories make this novel one that is well worth the read, even if it fails to be every fan's favourite.
Nevertheless, "Camino Winds" is a sufficiently straightforward and well-written book to win over those readers who may not be familiar with John Grisham's output, as well as telling a story that will generally satisfy those for whom the writer needs to provide no apology. It may not be the best novel that John Grisham has written (this reviewer has awarded the novel a 4 star rating to signify this comparison), perhaps it is a bit escapist and certainly a bit different, but it is, nevertheless, another recommendable read from a writer who is considered by many as being in a league of his own.