F. Scott Fitzgerald—or his wife—is seemingly everywhere lately, especially on Amazon Prime with not one but two television series: Z: The Beginning of Everything and The Last Tycoon. Now he has made the top of the New York Times bestseller list in the pages of John Grisham's Camino Island, a hot summer Kindle beach read. No courtroom drama this time from the author of A Time to Kill (1989) and The Rainmaker (1995): Camino Island successfully resists easy classification as either a caper story, a thriller, a mystery, or a police procedural—although it contains elements of all these subgenres. Unfortunately, the alchemy here will not completely satisfy adherents of any of these thriller variants. As for devotees of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, we are left puzzling over why Grisham chose to make the theft of the original manuscripts of Fitzgerald's five novels from...
walter raubicheck teaches English and American literature at Pace University in New York. He has coauthored a book on Alfred Hitchcock's films and coedited volumes on the cultural impact of Bing Crosby and the relationship of Christianity and Detective Fiction. He has also published articles on the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Walt Whitman, and T. S. Eliot.
Walter Raubicheck; Camino Island. The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review 1 December 2017; 15 (1): 227–230. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/fscotfitzrevi.15.1.0227
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