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Jason Webster
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6 Jun 2013 Max Cámara (Book 3)

Sent on leave after his last, brutal, case, Max Cámara returns to his home town in La Mancha, famous for producing the finest saffron in the world.

There, the past keeps pulling at him. The town is exhuming a mass grave from the Civil War, but why is his grandfather behaving so strangely? His old friend Yago is investigating a particularly nasty murder which sets off memories Max has been trying to bury for years. And then there are Yago's whisperings about a saffron mafia...

Max finds himself plunged into the thick of a complex and intensely personal case that will put him in severe danger and have him questioning his past - and his future in the police.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First ediiton edition (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701186909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701186906
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Webster is a highly acclaimed Anglo-American author and authority on Spain whose work ranges from biography to travel, crime fiction and history.

His books have sold in over a dozen countries, including the US, the UK, Germany, Japan and China, and have been nominated both for the Guardian First Book Award and the Crime Writers' Association New Blood Dagger Award. He has been favourably compared with writers such as Bruce Chatwin (The Daily Mail), Gerald Brenan (El País) and Ernest Hemingway (Sunday Telegraph).

Webster has written extensively for newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent, Sunday Times, The Observer, Conde Nast Traveller and The New Statesman and has presented and appeared in several television and radio documentaries on Spain.

Webster was born near San Francisco and brought up in the UK, Germany and Italy. After finishing a degree in Arabic and Islamic History at the University of Oxford, he worked as an editor at the BBC World Service for several years before becoming a full-time writer and moving to Spain. He is married to the flamenco dancer Salud and they have two sons. They currently divide their time between Valencia and the UK.

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"Each Max Camara novel is a treat to savour" (Mark Billingham)

"A superbly balanced novel, it conveys a wonderful sense of Spain... [Webster] does for the country what Michael Dibdin did for Italy -- pure joy from first page to last" (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail)

"A gripping, intriguing thriller that beautifully evokes non-tourist Spain" (Sun)

"If you're tiring of the frigid climate of Scandinavian crime fiction, a welcome antidote may be found in Jason Webster's sultry (and elegantly written) Max Cámara series set in Spain. This third entry is the most accomplished yet" (Barry Forshaw Financial Times)

"Neatly and inexorably Webster links murder, present and past... Dialogue is stark" (Gwen Moffat Shots Mag)

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Detective Max Cámara faces a crime that reopens old wounds

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason Webster strikes gold yet again 8 Jun 2013
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Max Cámara, the cynical, persistent, pragmatic, intelligent, likeable Spanish detective is back and better than ever. Valencia's most dogged detective is on leave, and in self-imposed exile in Madrid, to cook, read and have sex with the lovely Alicia. But is that enough for a man like Max?

Max is pulled back to his hometown of Albacete, a place he has sought to run from his entire life. The author expertly describes the mood of this provincial Spanish area; the stark landscape that surrounds the barely-enjoyable place is evident throughout. It's dirty, it's stuck in the past, it's a place where any man would want to leave his memories behind.

The character of Hilario, Max's grandfather, once again steals the show with this witty lines, stubborn attitudes and bold behaviour. Hilario is a link to the past that Max cannot escape, and as more details of the man's past, and the past of his relatives, come to life in Hilario's unremarkable apartment, the reader can learn more about Max than ever before. With the last two novels, Or the Bull Kills You, and A Death in Valencia, hints of Max's life have delighted and teased, but now so much of Max's troubled past bursts from the page, serving to illuminate the character and make him even more complex and yet more relatable.

Pressing issues in today's Spain dominate the storyline; when a young girl is murdered, Max finds himself on the trail of murderers and also corrupt leaders, their hands yellow with the stain of saffron smuggling. Max juggles this modern-day issue, along with ghosts of the past; the local cemetery is digging up Civil War and Franco victims, and the two events are more interlinked than Max could imagine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great detective in the making. 15 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
There were some things about this third Max Camara novel that I found irritating. It seemed unlikely that a recent stroke victim with a speech problem could recount long passages of personal history and I felt the author could think of no other way of delivering the information even though I found it hard to believe. I also felt that there was some confusion between the saffron storyline, the civil war narrative, the murder of his sister and the current murder investigation. I think Webster, whose Duende is a wonderful book has some way to go as writer of fiction if as the cover of this book suggests , he is to be compared to Donna Leon. However, I've given the book 4 stars because Max Camara is a brilliant creation, a complex, intriguing man who, I feel , will continue to develop in interesting ways. So despite my criticism I am already looking forward to Camara's next outing and hope it won't be to long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Camara - my favourite dectective 22 Jun 2013
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Any English speaking person who lives in Valencia or who knows it well, will already be hooked on this series of Jason Webster. My only complaint is that the books are too short, i know when I finish one, I will have to wait another year for the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great new addition to crime genre 23 Jun 2014
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Finely outlined character however quite a number of spelling/typographical errors which was a little disconcerting.
Stories well linked carry on
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5.0 out of 5 stars fan 30 Mar 2014
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the max camera series is a welcome look at spanish life, with nuances that you never knew existed coming through
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5.0 out of 5 stars well done jason 2 Mar 2014
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very good read, sad when (Grandad) dies, but was very good follw up to the last book, can not wait for the new one to come out. Mr Webster has a uinque styel of writing cripe you and cary you in the story, invlove the reader with every little details. execllent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable third novel in the series 13 Feb 2014
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I know Valencia reasonably well and have enjoyed the Max Camara series. The books evoke their setting well and this one takes us into the themes of the saffron industry and continuing feuds and unanswered questions from the Spanish Civil War. There's a slight weak point involving Max and a former school chum and police colleague. But overall an informative, entertaining read and you really do root for Max.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Anarchist Detective 29 Jan 2014
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A complex and interesting hero whom I do hope will solve more crimes in the future. The story was well constructed and tempted me into reading for longer than planned, just to find out what happened next. The characters were all believable and the setting of Spain added tremendously to my enjoyment. Well worth reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Anarchist Detective (Max Camara)
Another good yarn in the series and not to be missed if you are a fan, one of the best.
Published 5 months ago by Mr Maurice Southwell
4.0 out of 5 stars The Anarchist Detective: Jason Webster
Good book, though not perhaps Jason's very best. Good local stuff about Spain. I enjoyed it. What more to say.
Published 6 months ago by VM
4.0 out of 5 stars Rds
A interesting read, as much for the insights into the Civil war and post-transition context in Spain it provides as for the actual storyline and crime story content. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linda Shuter
5.0 out of 5 stars the best is halfway through
Another thoughtful and gripping read from Mr Webster. The story has several elements- which come together later on in the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Twigger
5.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday reading
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Have enjoyed all three books about Max Camara, hope there will be lots more! Can't wait for the next one!
Published 11 months ago by eleanor
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric
The author managed to catch the atmosphere of a small Spanish town well and dealt in an interesting way with some of the continuing aftermath of the Civil War, but the mystery plot... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mikel
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same
This is the third in a series with detective Max Camara as its main protagonist. Webster has an easy style which means an easy read. Read more
Published 11 months ago by T. Lazzari
5.0 out of 5 stars The third time's the charm...
"The Anarchist Detective" is British author Jason Webster's third book in his Max Camara police series. Read more
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