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A Death in Valencia Hardcover – 18 Sep 2012
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"Camara is the opposite of the conventional ‘foodie’ detective from Mediterranean fiction... [Camara’s] perceptions of what is wrong with Spanish society form an original background to a complex thriller" (Jane Jakeman Independent)
"Camara is a lively edition to Mediterranean coppery" (Marcel Berlins The Times)
"Jason Webster has made Valencia his own... This is Chief Inspector Max Camara’s second outing, and his colourful personality is every bit a match for the vibrant but often trouble home of paella he has to keep safe" (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)
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Jason Webster writes about Valencia really well, he conjures up the area and its' people really well and the fictional characters which populate the novel are totally believable and engaging. You find yourself immersed within the story and drawn along with the quick and clever plotting. An excellent read and well worth giving it a go.
Webster has created a marvellously atmospheric novel that draws on his wonderful grasp and understanding of Spain and its people and culture. Modern detectives carry a lot of personal baggage that make their approach to crime solving interesting and the character of Camara is no different. As a follow on from Or the Bull Kills You (Max Cámara) this is an excellent sequel and I believe that there is huge potential for the development of Camara and for Webster to really create a procedural series that stands apart in what is becoming an extremely crowded genre. This outing for Camara certainly did no harm to his growing reputation. If you haven't read Or the Bull Kills You (Max Cámara) then I would recommend catching up with it as well.
This is written with intelligence and a fine sense of setting but it is quite a slow-paced read, albeit one packed with `issues': the pope's visit renews pro-life vs. abortion debates; there are dodgy construction works taking place in Valencia with the help of corrupt politicians; and a possible secret government conspiracy which spawns paramilitary activity.
Webster knows his setting and that comes over well, especially the continued conflict between right- and left-wing politics in the face of Catholicism and the legacy of Franco. However I couldn't help feeling that there are just too many issues shoe-horned into one fairly short (214 pages) book and the beginning, especially, is very slow and a bit hard to get into. The pace does pick up, and the plot starts coming together but Max Camera himself feels a bit thinly-drawn.
So this ends up being a good read - but I don't think I'm hooked enough to read on in the series: 3.5 stars.
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in fine form. This second look at Valentia makes it much more intriguing and makes one want to visit.
Tight plotting, rich atmospherics, and a charmingly flawed lead distinguish Mr Webster's second outing in this contemporary mystery set in Valencia, Spain (after The Bull...Read more