Published: April 28, 2020
Welcome back to Camino Island, where anything can happen—even a murder in the midst of a hurricane, which might prove to be the perfect crime . . .
Just as Bruce Cable’s Bay Books is preparing for the return of bestselling author Mercer Mann, Hurricane Leo veers from its predicted course and heads straight for the island. Florida’s governor orders a mandatory evacuation, and most residents board up their houses and flee to the mainland, but Bruce decides to stay and ride out the storm.
The hurricane is devastating: homes and condos are leveled, hotels and storefronts ruined, streets flooded, and a dozen people lose their lives. One of the apparent victims is Nelson Kerr, a friend of Bruce’s and an author of thrillers. But the nature of Nelson’s injuries suggests that the storm wasn’t the cause of his death: He has suffered several suspicious blows to the head.
Who would want Nelson dead? The local police are overwhelmed in the aftermath of the storm and ill equipped to handle the case. Bruce begins to wonder if the shady characters in Nelson’s novels might be more real than fictional. And somewhere on Nelson’s computer is the manuscript of his new novel. Could the key to the case be right there—in black and white? As Bruce starts to investigate, what he discovers between the lines is more shocking than any of Nelson’s plot twists—and far more dangerous.
My husband read Camino Island, the first book in the Camino Island series and pre-ordered this one. When it arrived he was already reading something else so he said I could read it – so I did.
I had not read Camino Island but this book can serve as a stand-a-lone with no problem. The first thing that bothered me was the speed at which the hurricane passed through in the first few pages. I think it at least deserved a chapter. Then upon discovering the body of Nelson Kerr, a fellow writer, they (a small group of hurrmian survivors) took it upon themselves to perform the job of police detectives – moving the body, searching for clues and finally taking all his perishable food (they later had a big cookout).
For me, the book went downhill from there. It was just okay and I told my husband I gave it three stars and that I wouldn’t be reading the first one or any more that may follow in this series.
I’m sorry Mr. Grisham, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.