Camino Winds ★★ John Grisham, Hodder & Stoughton, R215
I have had a love-hate relationship with Grisham’s novels since reading the gutclenching A Time to Kill. After that he wrote bestselling legal thrillers — The Firm, The Runaway Jury etcetera, but he went off course with the mawkish The Painted House and the didactic Gray Mountain. His Camino Island was refreshing, with a new setting and an enjoyable yet morally skewed set of characters who were all part of the book world. In Camino Winds he takes readers back to the small island populated by authors and we are re-acquainted with the central figure of Bruce Cable, owner of the local bookstore. Camino is under attack from Hurricane Leo, which becomes the perfect cover for murder when one of Bruce’s writer friends is killed. There follows the usual twist, turn, untwist, twist, turn. Not one of Grisham’s finest, but enjoyable at least.