Thought it might be a distracting detective story especially since I Am Headed To Barcelona Soon But am headed to Barcelona soon but characters are too stereotypical The plot has enough twists to be a bit confusing but not enough to make it really all that interesting Another great story on Chief Inspector Max C mara the fifth novel in the series While the author does not delve into the character traits and backgrounds as much as in other books most readers will probably have read 1 or of the first four novels and focuses on the story ine except perhaps for the flashbacks to Max s memories of his grandfather Hilario the narrative is very solid It can even be considered reasonably probable despite the seemingly distant scenarios of trouble IN CATALUNYACATALONIA BECAUSE OF AN IMPENDING CatalunyaCatalonia because of an impending independence declaration There are also interesting parallels with Spanish history especially the story of the conspiring Colonel Terreros kept safely in Ceuta and away from the Spanish mainland a decision as fateful as the banishment of Francisco Franco to the Baleares and ater in 36 to the Canary islands Such a seemingly safe distance from continental Spain actually gave them all the time and space in the world to concoct their plans for take overGiven Spain s history there is enough material Basue country Galicia Andalusia overseas the catholic church opus dei for the settings of Max C mara crime novels I ve enjoyed this series in Valencia Spain This new book moved between Valencia where Max is based to beautiful Barcelona Characters well drawn as usual However this time around the topic was too political for me A Body in Barcelona As many twists and turns as MessiJason Webster has written the fifth in his Inspector Max C mara A Body in Barcelona and once again he brings together many strands of Spanish society to a wider world This crime thriller has it all murder betrayal revenge and the occasional fascist with a trip across to Ceuta on the edge of MoroccoThe political tensions are growing once again in Spain the Catalonians are Ambition and Accommodation: How Women View Gender Relations look for independence and the Madrid government is trying to keep them under control Memories of theast time this happened was in the 1930s which heralded the start of the civil war and the coming of Franco the American Kinship: A Cultural Account last thing Madrid or those in Brussels wantC mara has just returned from a commission in Barcelona investigating the death of a civilian by the police when he and his colleague Torres are summoned upstairs They are given a case that has been taken from homicide and given to their new Special Crime Unit to investigate the death of a 10 year old boy found in a shallow grave in orange groves north of Valencia Where Ferm n the illegitimate son of Alfonso Segarra the fourth richest man in Spain has been found and there are veryittle clues or Tensions in Spain are rising political violence and social unrest have suddenly re emerged Madrid is trying to keep a tight An Ethics of Interrogation leash on Catalonia where the call for independence is gettingouder by the day The ast time Barcelona moved to break away in the 1930s Spain uickly descended into civil warDown in Valencia a shallow grave is found among Set against a background of politics as the people of Catalonia hope for independence in contrast to the many Spanish who according to the book do not want the country to be divided It is set in the current day with the recession biting and tensions risingThe first half of the book clarifies the politics the policing and why Camara the police officer is thinking and acting as he does Very interesting for
Those Who Want To Learn Something About The Uestion Of who want to earn something about the uestion of independence of Catalonia However it is not until Chapter 8 that a body is found and not until the middle of the book that the action really gets going and it becomes a thrilling read The description of the farming ife around Valencia is wonderful and other areas explored include the various police and intelligence agencies paella making the Legi n government agricultural grants social problems and anarchistsThere are numerous strands to the plot which
MAKES THE BOOK SEEM TO JUMP AROUND IN THE the book seem to jump around in the half but gradually they all come together as the book races through a thrilling second half Camara is an interesting character needing to decide between upholding his moral values or etting them go in order to assist in solving a case in which he has no eadsFor the tourist a few places of interest in Barcelona are mentioned including a wonderful according to the book fish restaurant that still exists However the main interest for tourists will be the according to the book fish restaurant that still exists However the main interest for tourists will be the background that is describedThis is the first book in the Camara series that I have read this is the 5th novel and I found it difficult to get through the first half interesting as it was too much politics too ittle action However once all the explanations had been completed and I had reached the second half it was brilliant and difficult to put down I m glad I kept readingThis review first appeared on our blog This is another 35 It s not uite classy enough to make 4 but it s a great yarn The story focusses on Max Camara and Catalonian separatist ideals and the remnants of the Franco John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 loversIt took me a while to get into the book as we met all the characters and I had to reread some chapters so I could work out who was who Webster introduces some characters to explain others eg Sandrita andeaves others unexplained eg Mata of a story here seemed to be hinted at Once the story got going I was gripped It s great to be able to picture some of the places I Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde ll avoid Ceuta and to begin to understand some of the political tensions in SpainI read Webster s Guerra before going to Spain a few years ago and found it helpful and illuminatingIook forward to Max Camara stories DNF I m afraid much too much politics for my taste and found it hard to relate to the characters which is a shame as I really enjoyed Winter in Madrid on a similar theme. Anything he’s ever known'One of the most creative writers working within the field of crime fiction and one of the most entertaining' Daily Express 'A series that gets better and better' Mark Billingham 'Conveys a wonderful sense of Spain Webster does for the country what Michael Dibdin did for Italy' Daily Mail 'An exceptional writer' Guardia. .
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Vidence to help them outWith seemingly no clues Carlos a member of the CNI offers C mara the possibility of some information on the crime if they could meet and come to an understanding C mara has a problem with this especially as he is a drug smoking anarchist when outside of work There is something about Carlos that C mara is uneasy about throughout the thrillerThe information Carlos provides C mara will take him to Spain s dirty ittle secret Ceuta Spain s very own Gibraltar in Morocco to arrest a Colonel Terreros of La Asociaci n de Ayuda para Legionarios the Legionarios Elite Spanish Soldiers Welfare Association The Association Seems To Be Spanish soldiers Welfare Association The association seems to be front for a right wing Franco Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question loving military organisation fundamentally opposed to the breakup of the Fatherland and allow Catalan independenceDaniel and his son D dac organise the anarchists in Valencia and run the food bank that is close to where C mara has his flat with his partner Alicia C mara knows them both well and often attends meetings they hold and eats with them as he is sympathetic to their politics When a politician is murdered in Barcelona both Daniel and D dac head there to take the anarchist fight to the peopleAt the same time it seemsike there is a connection to Ferm n s murder and C mara heads to Barcelona to continue his investigation and bring it to a close C mara rapidly works out that he is not the most popular police officer in Barcelona but he hopes that he will be able to bring the investigation to a successful conclusionA Body in Barcelona is a fast paced thriller that mixes many elements successfully which helps to make it a gripping exploration of the political and social tensions in Spain especially where Catalan Independence is concerned Webster s prose is as crisp as an iceberg ettuce and the imagery as clear as a digital picture which helps to make this an excellent thriller any reader will ove especially as there are as many twists and turns as Messi I was really ooking forward to this next Max Camara book because I ve oved all the ones to date This had all the elements that I ve enjoyed in the past politics deep understanding of Spanish culture well crafted characters but this one felt past politics deep understanding of Spanish culture well crafted characters but this one felt forced I didn t uite believe all the connections and I confess that I miss the Camara s grandfather and his politics Which doesn t mean to say that I didn t find it an engrossing readjust not as real as the others It s always a treat to read another installment of Jason Webster s Inspector Max C mara joined with his partner Torres in the newly formed Special Crime Unit Murder and mayhem prevail as well as political turmoil Another winner Murder mystery set in Barcelona and Valencia Politics of Catalonia with a murderBased in Barcelona and Valencia this murder mystery is. Bandoned orange groves just outside the city Chief Inspector Max Cámara now heading up the new Special Crime Unit is put on the case But this is no ordinary murder Behind it Max uncovers a tangled web that could awaken ghosts from the past decimate Barcelona and destabilise the whole countryIt’s all down to Max but the stakes are higher than.