I m a huge fan f Jason Webster s non fiction
books such as Violencia a thoroughly accessible introduction to Spanish history I also know Valencia uite well so marry the twosuch as Violencia a thoroughly accessible introduction to Spanish history I also know Valencia uite well so marry the two a detective story set in the city and that s holiday reading sorted Only it didn t uite live up to my expectations The cast Country of characters slightly confused me and the plots even so I willingly enough turned the pages but I wasn t drawn in enough to feel I want to read anyther books in the series Less about investigating a murder than the personal problems and tribulations Towards Zero of Max who was pretty typicalf the this is not an Denali Dreams ordinary policeman characters which I did not find interesting much less compelling so I skippedver much Hollywood Renaissance of the anguish and introspection An unfortunate side effect was to kill any desire I hadf ever visiting Valencia a venal corrupt disintegrating city that probably has no redeeming features What a shame that that s the impression given Was all this negativity necessary Good murder mystery evocatively set in the wonderful city El Cura. (Caso de Incesto). of Valencia A deep mystery in Sunny Valencia dark uirky characters flashing with insight A fine read I enjoyed the local color paella etc but didn t find the restf the book too exciting I had a hard time keeping track Il Mago of the male characters mostf whom good Impostress or bad seemed interchangeable Thenly memorable Ego, Hunger and Aggression one was the deadne Humanitarian and hard edged This was a great crime fiction story located in Valencia Chief Inspector Max Camara is hunting a murderer who has killed a renowned local paella chef who washed up Ritrovarsi on the local beach There is plentyf intrigue and political corruption as it emerges that he was heavily involved in fighting the development plans for the local area that would have closed his business and home In the meantime Camara s flat and the building he lives in collapses Two people die and everyone is Antes Que Anoiteça out to evade blame and avoid paying compensationf any kind A local abortionist is kidnapped in a fevered atmosphere where the pope is shortly to visit and the police are implicated In a twisted trail Camara finds connections between the murder and the kidnapping Camara determinedly investigates despite being homelessThis is an intricately plotted story that kept me gripped throughout Where the book really excels is in its ability to bring Valencia alive as a location both historically and culturally Spain s dark history आषाढ़ का एक दिन of the Civil War scars its relatively recent emergence as a democracy There are forces at play that would like to go back to Franco s time and this includes the Catholic Church There is so much corruption politically that it is an essential partf the book The characters feel real and complex I am pleased to have discovered Jason Webster as a new author Local government backhanders rogue lawmen and retrograde religious nuts would normally provide an excellent backbone for a juicy thriller Not really here Mostly because they re being investigated by Max Camara the most flaccid hard boiled detective The Savage Mind of the genre He smokes skunk He recites pithy little rhyming proverbs He has ex girlfriends He lives in a shithole Dull dull dull Duende was inspirational in its embracef class A drugs sashaying gypsies and feckless misbehaviour Spain as anti hero Flamenco As Dark Force Rather Than dark force rather than image Just Fado And Other Stories occasionally that comes through in this novel the food descriptions are salivatory the tourf Valencia interesting though had I not lived there for a couple f years I don t know whether it would have held my attentionThe main problem is this Camara although supposedly the best man in the force really isn t that good The investigation seems to run in parallel to his actions rather than being driven by them His antagonistic superiors and corrupt fficials never pose any threat to him His investigation provides us with background information while the central mystery solves itself On the Spa. Detective Max Cámara is under pressure A renowned paella chef has been found dead; the town hall are set Gemini on demolishing El Cabanyal the colourful fisherman's uartern Valencia's sea front; an aborti.
CHARACTERS A Death in ValenciaNish intrigue The Spanish Game by Charles Cumming was much better even if it wasn t that great either Not so much flawed hero as flawed policeperson Won t be coming back for any A Terrible Day of this A good storyline basedn
a real issuereal issue the Cabanyal area Discourse on Voluntary Servitude. Tienne La Botie of Valencia Spain highlights Town Hall actions to buyut and Ebano otherwise get ridf residential properties to make way for current development to remake the neighborhood into their vision A local pressure group Plataforma Salvem el Cabanyal was fighting the effort and referenced in acknowledgements along with their websitewwwcabanyalcom in 2012 when this book was written I did not realize it at the time I was reading it but this is the second La piccola ottantenne che cambiò tutte le regole of six in the Chief Inspector Max Camara series This gives me hope as the ending was a surprise and I feared there would be no Onef the victims in Jason Webster s tale was a prized chef known for his unbeatable paella who was resisting the powers that be in effort to keep his restaurant business and neighborhood in tact The story goes to great length explaining the hierarchy that distinguishes the four policing powers ranging from the locales Constable Around the Green on the bottomf the ladder to the Nationales at the top who typically engage in major crimes in larger towns and cities each with their Lone Star Rising (Texas Rangers, own inner corruption circle complicating any coordinationr sharing Busters First Snow of information That each division was in fact a threat to thethers is suggested in Max s thoughts while in the midst f a police chase Part f the problem f being a chief inspector and being expected to
get thers to do the running around for you But this was the kind Women in Therapy of police workn the move adrenalinothers to do the running around for you But this was the kind Il Poeta of police workn the move adrenalin chasing his man down Or in this case scampering blindly to avoid the biggest problem a policeman ever faced Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Vol. 3 other policemen The descriptive detail such as life giving clutter that the author describes as conspicuously absent when the Chief Inspector Max Camara inspects the supposed apartmentf kidnapping victim abortionist Sofia for clues was a delight to read A diary is nonetheless uncovered providing light to the investigation to follow Max s approach is nontraditional My Body-Mine outsidef Department guidelines and away from his newly assigned mandated agency wide duties secondary to Valencia s the expected arrival f the Pope Max pursues along his wn path with encounters with his immediate superior Maldonado though with ultimate praise from his superior Pardo His revolutionary grandfather Hillario provides guidance and inspiration from near and far Spanish Proverbs dot the rhetoric throughout which I presume The Noble Guardian originate with him such as He who wants to catch the big fish has to get wet You can t hide a big sin foreverI loved the references to food and drink common to the local culture such as cafe cortado and paella served with rabbit and howne distinguishes a bodega from a restaurant I also found the British terminology such as emergency sponge bob and kitchen and bathroom cupboards interesting and unexpected due to the Spanish setting but knowing the author s life made it understandable Max Camara reminded me Ipso Facto of Jo Nesbo s Harry Hole character in his coping mechanisms drugs replacing alcohol brilliant mind challenging relationships and both grieving a tragic past loss page 182 hints at a murdered sister and crumbling family I have not read the first in this series so insight may have already been provided as to the sourcef painInteresting commentary made The John Wyndham Omnibus of the news media from Maz s perspective Inflaming depressingr exciting all it ever did was pull at Sea Chase our lower emotions rarely passingn truly useful information Eually applicable today as it was in 2012I highly recommend to fans f mysteries within an international context revolving around ne super hero if you will American born Britain raised author Jason Webster resides in Spain and was first known as a travel writer With the creation Ode to a Banker of Chief Inspector Max Cama. Onist has been kidnapped and with the Pope due to visit the city the police are summoned toffer protection from crowds MINECRAFT: Crazeballs Memes and Jokes: Unofficial Minecraft Book (Minecraft, Minecraft Secrets, Minecraft Stories, Minecraft Books For Kids, Minecraft Meme Book, Minecraft Comics, Minecraft Xbox) of the faithful and the dangerf anti religionists alike When The Graduate onef Cámara's. Ra Webster set Wisp of a Thing off in new directions His first crime novel Or the Bull Kills You was well received A Death in Valencia is his second and my first try with MaxWebster paints a vivid mural depicting a deeply Catholic very corrupt cityf Valencia Monkey taming on the southern Mediterranean coast touted as the paella capitalf the world Upon this canvas Webster writes a solid intriguing mystery that unfolds in an ld salt f the earth district down by the port that is under siege from politicians "dreams f modern legacy projects and wrecking ballsMax Camara is chief "of modern legacy projects and developers ballsMax Camara is chief inspector with the Policia National Leave aside murderers Camara s natural enemies are the Guardia Civil PN is primarily liberal Guardia is primarily right wing with historical roots straight to Franco Max is not categorical but that s how it basically dividesThe story starts ut as an investigation into the murder The Dawning of a New Age of a revered paella chef possiblyver his political pposition to City Hall s relentless razing f the An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran the World old port area in favorf concrete towers It soon evolves into a leftright battle between PN and Guardia with the kidnapping Hunter Hunted of a high profile abortionist at the heartf it Rogue elements within the Guardia are suspected It all unfolds Archivio Per Lo Studio Delle Tradizioni Popolari, Volume 13 on the evef the Pope s visit to Valencia in the midst Ricettario amoroso di una pasticciera in fuga of a stultifying July heat wave Of course the two threads are tied it is for Inspector Camara to figureut how and whyThe jumping Lo strano caso del barista scomparso off point the murder finds Max Camara heart sickver an abortion that personally touched his life and desperately missing the woman who chose this route then left him The story barely gets going when he comes home to find his apartment building in the targeted district sunk in the rubble beneath poorly built streets Thus Max is A Part of Speech operating under layersf personal pressure and stress He s an Skulduggery Pleasant: The End of the World open minded man struggling to accept the factf a woman s right to choose He detests the retro right wing elements pulling strings within the Guardia and at City Hall He is angry The Year After over the lossf a neighbor and her child when the apartment collapses And he loved the murdered chef s paella Webster creates a colorful supporting cast And Quiet Flows the Don of cops both good and bad denizensf the Sailing Promise: Around the World on a Catamaran old uarter that is being systematically destroyed and self serving city politicians Max Camara s partner Paco Torres provides a good foil to Max s dilemmas Max s anarchist grandpa Hilario is a great spiritual adviser to a messed up policeman with too much pressure from too many different directions Hilario isnly ever a voice n the telephone but their chats are perfect for dark realistic humor and good advice One wishes there was f Hilario like his name he is uite funny He adds refreshing dimensionStill Max Camara s personal flaws keep him interesting in many ways interesting than the plot Though it touches Hunter's Moon on several topical issues and perspectives defining modern Spain the plot is curiously meat and potatoes ie strong in its elements and deftly woven but the manner in which this story playsut is something you ve read before Or likely seen Yes for me this another mystery novel that seems too much like a movie I ve seen too many times Which doesn t mean I didn t enjoy it But I wanted it to be something different and it wasn t Not fair SorryFor me the most compelling element f A Death in Valencia is the city itself From a writer s perspective it is interesting how deeply felt expertly rendered atmospherics can carry
a story Then again Webster made his mark as a travel writer He is a master at seeing the colorstory Then again Webster made his mark as a travel writer He is a master at seeing the color the societal topography f Spain I hope he can reach the same level with his crime fiction in my Slow Dance opinion he has not uite got there with thisne 3 starsI will certainly try Or the Bull Kills You in hopes that I was wrong about my feelings about A Death in Valencia And I hope there will be and deeply realized Max Camara mysteries forthcoming Because I love the colors and flavors L'arcobaleno negli occhi of Spain. Long term adversaries is put in chargef the missing abortionist case tensions are uickly running high and with Postcards from Vermont: A Social History, 1905-1945 ominous cracks spreading across the wallsf his flat Cámara soon has nowhere to turn.