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A gang of thieves stage a daring heist from a secure vault deep below Princeton University's Firestone Library. Their loot is priceless, but Princeton has insured it for $25 million.

Bruce Cable owns a popular bookstore in the sleepy resort town of Santa Rosa on Camino Island in Florida. He makes his real money, though, as a prominent dealer in rare books. Very few people know that he occasionally dabbles in the black market of stolen books and manuscripts.

Mercer Mann is a young novelist with a severe case of writer's block who has recently been laid off from her teaching position. She is approached by an elegant, mysterious woman working for an even more mysterious company. A generous offer of money convinces Mercer to go undercover and infiltrate Bruce Cable's circle of literary friends, ideally getting close enough to him to learn his secrets.

But eventually Mercer learns far too much, and there's trouble in paradise as only John Grisham can deliver it.

©2017 John Grisham (P)2017 Random House Audio

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Terrible!

Extremely dissapointing Pointless plot. No tension. Colorless characters. High school creative writing level. I have read and loved nearly all other Grisham books. Save your time and money.

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Good read

Good book, had some slow spots, but I enjoyed it. glad Mercer was able to move on from the betrail

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Loved it!

Fun read, likable characters. I loved the engaging trip into the literary world and the black market

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The underground world of rare manuscripts

a simple plot not up to John gresham's usual standards. Nevertheless it's an interesting listen. though I prefer masculine narrators.