The early buzz was this was a “Grisham Legal Thriller” and there’s a catch: no lawyers. That was the electronic buzz on the inter-webs, at some point in late May.
When I started reading the digital copy, part way through the first few chapters, I pulled up the map and looked for “Camino Island,” as other other authors tend to use real places, and while the descriptions were good, like it was real place?
Couldn’t find one on the map, not in Florida, which is the setting.
So it is evocatively written and portrayed thus far. The seamy side of book dealing is fun — nothing that hasn’t been covered before.
Slight twist, deft authorial touch, and it does tend to lionize writers, with certain elements that get close to “Writers writing about writing,” and that can get redundant, at times, a little, just a bit.
The backstory with rare books and rare manuscripts, signed first editions, and other material is excellent filler.
Not quite the ending I saw, but certainly a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. Plus, as I noticed, the retail giant Costco is selling this novel by the pallet.
Good read, but not exactly a legal thriller. Excellent tale. Enjoyable.