The Anarchist Detective: (Max Cámara 3) Paperback – 5 Jun 2014
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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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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.Read more ›
"Anarchist" is set in the smaller city of Albacete, inland and southwest of Valencia. It is the birth place of Chief Superintendent Max Camara and he has returned to the city to help his ailing grandfather. He is on an extended leave from his position in Valencia and has been living with a new woman friend in Madrid while he decides on his future. While caring for his cantankerous old grandfather - who had been a Republican during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930's - he discovers some family secrets of that contentious and violent time. But the Civil War had not been the only difficult time for the Camara family. Young Max's sister had been raped and murdered and his parents died soon after, unable to cope with their daughter's death. Max was sent to live with his now aged and ailing grandfather. During his current stay in Albacete, while caring for his grandfather, another young girl is found raped and murdered and a bunch of bodies of people killed by the Franco government were found buried. One of those murdered was Max's great-grandfather. Oh, and there's also a saffron smuggling operation going on that Max is asked to informally look into.
If all of these plot points seem complicated, Jason Webster is able to weave them into an excellent story. His characters are all nuanced portrayals who catch the interest of the reader. Webster's first two books were solid 4 stars but with this one, he's moved up to 5 star.
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Well written! His best so far, already started reading the next in the seriesPublished 6 months ago by Maria Hadjipanayiotou
Jason does it again; a griping story that so enraps you in Spain and its peculair history you get to remember it as your own history. Look forward to more of this immersion course.Published 9 months ago by Peter D
Super follow on book with Camera getting into his usual scrapes
An expertly crafted storey which has you reaching for more.
This third episode in the Inspector Max Camara series is more character driven and was, therefore, a more interesting read for me. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Blue in Washington
Great thriller which gallops along. Another author whose books are extremely hard not to read from cover to cover.Published 13 months ago by Suzie Hoy
Webster has a great knowledge of Spain and this shows in his writings. A book worth reading particularly if you like Spain and its culture.Published 13 months ago by Trotter