Updated: Sep 15, 2020
John Grisham knocks this one out of the park
Bookstore owner Bruce Cable’s is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann to his store on Camino Island when a hurricane heads directly for the island. A mandatory evacuation is ordered, but Bruce decides to stay and ride out the category 4 storm.
Hurricane Leo devastates the island. Homes, hotels and storefronts were demolished and several people died. One of the victims is Nelson Kerr, an author and friend of Bruce’s, who is asked to identify the body. Nelson’s injuries, three gashes to the back of the head, look suspicious to Bruce.
But who would want Nelson dead, he’s just an author? The local police are overwhelmed with the storm and are ill equipped to handle a murder case right now so Cable takes matter into his own hands. Could Nelson’s murder be related a book he is working on? Was someone trying to keep him quiet?
John Grisham knocks it out of the park once again. CAMINO WINDS is a perfect read. The writing is seamless, the characters are intriguing and the story is riveting. You will be hooked from page one.
Grisham’s description of Hurricane Leo brought back memories for me of Hurricane Michael from 2018. While the path wasn’t quite the same, I can still hear the cracking and crashing trees and branches and the howling winds much like described in the book. Even the impassable roads and the indescribable devastation of the homes and businesses in the aftermath was similar. Unfortunately a year and a half later, much of the devastation that occurred during Hurricane Michael still exists to this day in many parts of Northwest Florida. Based on his descriptions I have to think that Grisham has survived one or more hurricanes.
My favorite part was Bruce Cable’s intriguing character and the repartee he had with his friends. I appreciated the effort Bruce’s and his friends took to ensure that the cops treated Nelson’s death as a murder and not just as a result of the Hurricane.
Publisher Doubleday Books
Published April 28, 2020
Narrated Michael Beck