(PDF NEW) [A Death in Valencia] by Jason Webster
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between PN and with the kidnapping of a high profile abortionist at the heart of it Rogue The Seventh Witch elements within the Guardia are suspected It all unfolds on theve of the Pope s visit to Valencia in the midst of a stultifying *JULY HEAT WAVE OF COURSE THE TWO THREADS ARE *heat wave Of course the two threads are it is for Inspector Camara to figure out how and whyThe jumping off point the murder finds Max Camara heart sick over 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 operating under layers of personal pressure and stress He s an open minded man struggling to accept the fact of a woman s right to choose He detests the retro right wing lements pulling strings within the Guardia and at City Hall He is angry over the loss of a neighbor and her child when the apartment collapses And he loved the murdered chef s paella Webster creates a colorful
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supporting cast of cops both good and bad denizens of the old uarter that is cast of cops both good and bad denizens of the old uarter that is 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 is only ver a voice on the telephone but their chats are perfect for dark realistic humor and good advice One wishes there was of 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 on several topical issues and perspectives defining modern Spain the plot is curiously meat and potatoes ie strong in its Trickle Down Tyranny: Crushing Obama's Dream of the Socialist States of America elements and deftly woven but the manner in which this story plays out 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 tnjoy it But I wanted it to be something different and it wasn t Not fair SorryFor me the most compelling The Pocket Wife element of A Death in Valencia is the city itself From a writer s perspective it is interesting how deeply feltxpertly rendered atmospherics can carry a story Then again Webster made his mark as a travel writer He is a master at seeing the color and the societal topography of Spain I hope he can reach the same level with his crime fiction in my opinion he has not uite got there with this one 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 of Spai. Long term adversaries is put in charge of the missing abortionist case tensions are uickly running high and with ominous cracks spreading across the walls of his flat Cámara soon has nowhere to turn.
Jason Webster ✓ 0 Read & downloadI m a huge fan of 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 two in a detective story set in the city and that s holiday reading sorted Only it didn t uite live up to my The Color of Our Sky expectations The cast of characters slightly confused me and the plotsven so I willingly nough turned the pages but I wasn t drawn in nough to feel I want to read any other books in the series Less about investigating a murder than the personal problems and tribulations of Max who was pretty typical of the this is not an ordinary policeman characters which I did not find interesting much less compelling so I skipped over much of the anguish and introspection An unfortunate side Obsession effect was to kill any desire I had ofver 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 vocatively set in the wonderful city of Valencia A deep mystery in
Valencia dark uirky characters flashing with insight A fine read I njoyed the local color paella tc but t find the rest of the book too xciting I had a hard *Time Keeping Track Of *keeping track of male characters most of whom good or bad seemed interchangeable The only memorable one was the dead one Humanitarian and hard All Roads Lead Home 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 on the local beach There is plenty of intrigue and political corruption as itmerges 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 Local government backhanders rogue lawmen and retrograde religious nuts would normally provide an xcellent backbone for a juicy thriller Not really here Mostly because they re being investigated by Max Camara the most flaccid hard boiled detective of the genre He smokes skunk He recites pithy little rhyming proverbs He has x girlfriends He lives in a shithole Dull dull dull Duende was inspirational in its mbrace of class A drugs sashaying gypsies and feckless misbehaviour Spain as anti hero Flamenco as dark force rather than postcard image Just occasionally that comes through in this novel the food descriptions are salivatory the tour of Valencia interesting though had I not lived there for a couple of 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 officials never pose any threat to him His investigation provides. Detective Max Cámara is under pressure A renowned paella chef has been found dead; the town hall are set on demolishing El Cabanyal the colourful fisherman's uarter on Valencia's sea front; an aborti. ,Sunny Valencia dark uirky characters flashing with insight A fine read I njoyed the local color paella tc but
Us with background information while the central mystery solves itself On the Spanish intrigue The Spanish Game by Charles Cumming was much better ven if it wasn t that great *EITHER NOT SO
#much flawed hero #FLAWED HERO so much flawed hero flawed policeperson Won t be coming back for any of this A good storyline based on a real issue in the Cabanyal area of Valencia Spain highlights Town Hall actions to buy out and otherwise get rid of residential properties to make way for current development to remake the neighborhood into their vision A local pressure group Plataforma Salvem The Mephisto Threat (Paul Tallis el Cabanyal was fighting theffort 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 of six in the Chief Inspector Max Camara series This gives me hope as the nding was a surprise and I feared there would be no One of the victims in Jason Webster s tale was a prized chef known for his unbeatable paella who was resisting the powers that be in ffort to keep his restaurant business and neighborhood in tact The story goes to great length xplaining the hierarchy that distinguishes the four policing powers ranging from the locales on the bottom of the ladder to the Nationales at the top who typically ngage in major crimes in larger towns and cities Just Cause each with their own inner corruption circle complicating any coordination or sharing of information Thatach division was in fact a threat to the others is suggested in Max s thoughts while in the midst of a police chase Part of the problem of being a chief inspector and being xpected to get others to do the running around for you But this was the kind of police work on the move adrenalin rushing ch American born Britain raised author Jason Webster resides in Spain and was first known as a travel writer With the creation of Chief Inspector Max Camara Webster set 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 city of Valencia on the southern Mediterranean coast touted as the paella capital of the world Upon this canvas Webster writes a solid intriguing mystery that unfolds in an old salt of the arth district down by the port that is under siege from politicians dreams of modern legacy projects and developers wrecking ballsMax Camara is chief homicide inspector with the Policia National Leave aside murderers Camara s natural nemies 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 out as an investigation into the murder of a revered paella chef possibly over his political opposition to City Hall s relentless razing of the old port ar. Onist has been kidnapped and with the Pope due to visit the city the police are summoned to offer protection from crowds of the faithful and the danger of anti religionists alike When one of Cámara's.