John Grisham's 'beach read' out next week

John Grisham’s ‘Camino Island’ will hit shelves on June 6. ― AFP pic
John Grisham’s ‘Camino Island’ will hit shelves on June 6. ― AFP pic

NEW YORK, June 2 ― John Grisham is treading new ground for his 30th novel, Camino Island, which hits shelves June 6.

The author known for his legal thrillers ― the next of which is planned for October ― has written a heist novel that is described by its publisher as a beach read, set in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Florida's Camino Island.

Here, goes the plot, Santa Rosa bookstore owner Bruce Cable works as a prominent dealer in rare books, occasionally taking to the black market to deal in stolen books in manuscripts.

“Trouble in paradise” ensues after the young novelist Mercer Mann accepts an offer from a mysterious company to go undercover and infiltrate Cable's literary circle and attempt to learn his secrets.

All of this, meanwhile, is tied to the heist, staged “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,” reads the book's description.

Camino Island is destined to be one of the season's hottest reads, but beachgoers will have their choice of novels to pack this summer.

Among them, Arundhati Roy's 20-years-in-the-making sophomore novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, releases on June 6. Maile Meloy's Do Not Become Alarmed, also out June 6, tells the story of a cruise vacation gone horribly wrong, while Kevin Kwan (Crazy Rich Asians) has just delivered his latest juicy novel, Rich People Problems.

Later in the season, The Leftovers author Tom Perrotta will be back with Mrs. Fletcher, out August 1. ― AFP-Relaxnews

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