If you like Camino Island by John Grisham

If you like Camino Island by John Grisham

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Camino Island by John Grisham
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. (catalog summary)

Do you like John Grisham's new Floridan thriller? Or, are you waiting to read Camino Island? Either way, check out these other similar thriller titles that take place in Florida, and that will leave you hanging onto every word.


The Bone Yard by Jefferson Bass


The Bone Yard
by Jefferson Bass
(A Body Farm novel)
Dr. Bill Brockton discovers the dark side of the Sunshine State when he is called in to investigate human remains found on the grounds of a boys' reform school in Florida. (catalog summary)



 



Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Darkly Dreaming Dexter
by Jeff Lindsay
(Book #1 in the Dexter series)
Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep's clothing. He's handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He's a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood-splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened of himself or some other fiend. (catalog summary)

 



The Drifter: A Novel by Christine Lennon

The Drifter: A Novel
 by Christine Lennon

Betsy Young is a seemingly successful New Yorker with a job at an auction house, a supportive husband, and a feisty four-year-old daughter she's terrified to let out of her sight. The reason for this fear dates back twenty years to her college days when a series of horrific acts of violence changed the lives of Betsy and her friends forever. Since then, Betsy has tried to escape the ghosts of her past—but her carefully curated life has begun to unravel, forcing her to confront the past she's tried so hard to forget. (catalog summary)

 



The Forgotten by Heather Graham

The Forgotten
by Heather Graham
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A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes


A Hard Death
by Jonathan Hayes

After he finds himself demoted from forensic pathologist to medical examiner in a Florida resort town, Edward Jenner must investigate the murder of his friend, the appearance of four bodies hanging in the Everglades, and the criminal conspiracy overshadowing it all.



 



Insane City by Dave Barry


Insane City
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Lifeguard by James Patterson

Lifeguard
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Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White
Mangrove Lightning
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Orchid Beach by Stuart Woods


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Season of Fear by Brian Freeman

Season of Fear
by Brian Freeman

Politician Diane Fairmont is running for the Florida governorship, but a chill is cast over the campaign when she receives an anonymous note announcing the return of the assassin who killed her husband ten years earlier. Because of complicated ties between Fairmont and his mother, movie actress Tarla Bolton, Detective Cad Bolton is assigned to the case. A desperate race against the clock ensues as Bolton tries to unlock the secrets of a poisonous conspiracy before nature provides the perfect cover for a long-dormant killer to strike again. (catalog summary)

 



Time of Departure by Douglas SchofieldTime of Departure by Douglas Schofield
Florida state prosecutor Claire Talbot is as tough as they come, and not everyone loves her for it. Newly promoted Felony Division Chief, Claire has about as many jealous detractors as she does supporters. When a highway construction crew unearths two skeletons in a common grave, Claire reopens an investigation into a string of abductions that took place before she was born. While researching the [case] file, she meets retired cop Marc Hastings, who once worked on the case. He maneuvers his way into the investigation—and into Claire's life. Marc has an uncanny familiarity with Claire's habits, and she begins to realize that all is not as it seems. The detective urges Claire on, convinced that only she can solve the case. Together, they unearth more graves. But then, disaster strikes . . . and Claire finally discovers what Hastings knew all along. It's a secret almost too shocking for a sane mind grasp. The key to the killings may lie deep in Claire's own past. But what if Claire's past lies in her future . . . (catalog summary)
 



The Whistler by John GrishamThe Whistler by John Grisham
Lacy Stoltz is an investigator for the Florida Board on Judicial Conduct. She is a lawyer, not a cop, and it is her job to respond to complaints dealing with judicial misconduct. After nine years with the Board, she knows that most problems are caused by incompetence, not corruption. But a corruption case eventually crosses her desk. A previously disbarred lawyer is back in business with a new identity. He now goes by the name Greg Myers, and he claims to know of a Florida judge who has stolen more money than all other crooked judges combined. And not just crooked judges in Florida. All judges, from all states, and throughout U.S. history. What's the source of the ill-gotten gains? It seems the judge was secretly involved with the construction of a large casino on Native American land. The Coast Mafia financed the casino and is now helping itself to a sizable skim of each month's cash. The judge is getting a cut and looking the other way. It's a sweet deal: Everyone is making money. But now Greg wants to put a stop to it. His only client is a person who knows the truth and wants to blow the whistle and collect millions under Florida law. Greg files a complaint with the Board on Judicial Conduct, and the case is assigned to Lacy Stoltz, who immediately suspects that this one could be dangerous. Dangerous is one thing. Deadly is something else. (catalog summary)