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Camino Winds by John Grisham

Reviewed by Allen Hott

Bruce Cable owns a very large and busy book store on Camino Island and he and the rest of the residents are very uptight about the possibility of Hurricane Leo hitting the island. Bruce is very busy right now with several writers that he works closely with and helps them turn their works into best sellers.

However Bruce and the residents are working to “batten down the hatches” as Leo gets closer. Most everyone except Bruce and a few other die hard residents have evacuated the island. The storm does pretty much as predicted or maybe even more than predicted and the damage is intense. Also one of Bruce’s favorite writers (Nelson Kerr) who stayed on the island is found dead right after the storm. And the cause of the death is not the storm but gunshot wounds to the head.

The local authorities do the best investigating that they can under the circumstances but Bruce isn’t satisfied and goes off on his own to do more. It appears that Nelson was deep into writing a new book and it was not just a normal novel but one that was digging deeply into some special type of production of new vitamins or something. And though the book is fiction it does seem to be looking at not only the story. that is interesting. but also looks (or tries to look) at some strange but interesting characters.

Bruce isn’t quite sure how much Nelson really knew or was finding out but he does feel it is up to him and some others to start digging deeper into the entire situation. And since Bruce has quite a following not only among readers but actually various law enforcement groups who immediately take an interest in Bruce’s hypothesis. The involvement of all of these individuals helps to not only make for good reading but also makes the story move along.

As the story develops more and more characters are brought into the action, some on both sides of the puzzle that Bruce has put together. It turns out that the manuscript which is sealed away on Nelson’s computer has much information about the manufacture of the vitamin although still speculative.

However the FBI and several other law enforcement agencies get very interested because of the direction that they are being led by Bruce’s work.

The entire story is not only well written but very easy to believe in this day and age because not only do we still have hurricanes but we also have people who work hard to take things that do not belong to them. And any reader would know that an unpublished piece of literature could be worth quite a bit of money. Overall another good Grisham book!

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