- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: CHATTO & WINDUS - TRADE; 1 edition (15 June 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0701189398
- ISBN-13: 978-0701189396
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.4 x 22.2 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 717 g
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Body in Barcelona, A Hardcover – 15 Jun 2015
- "All great cities need a fictional cop, and now Valencia has one of the very best in Jason Webster's dope smoking Chief Inspector Max CAmara. Step into his world of the corrida, corruption, and clouds of saffron and you'll be hooked. But if he offers you a roll-up..." --Quintin Jardine
"A series that just gets better and better. Each Max Camara novel is a treat to savour." --Mark Billingham
"All great cities need a fictional cop, and now Valencia has one of the very best in Jason Webster's dope smoking Chief Inspector Max Camara. Step into his world of the corrida, corruption, and clouds of saffron and you'll be hooked. But if he offers you a roll-up..." --Quintin Jardine"
"Fast-moving political thriller." Thriller of the Week, "Mail On Sunday""
"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, author, "The Dying Hours"
"Conveys a wonderful sense of Spain . . . [Webster] does for the country what Michael Dibdin did for Italy." "Daily Mail"
"An exceptional writer." "Guardian""
"Fast-moving political thriller." --Thriller of the Week, Mail On Sunday
"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, author, The Dying Hours
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The book is well-researched; the plot is anything but transparent and the characters intriguingly complex. Chief Inspector Max Camara himself is multi-dimensional, interesting but not overly screwed-up. He's an admirable soul with some human flaws, but always moving in the right direction. An excellent read.
this series is improving with each book
The 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 question of the 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 life around Valencia is wonderful, and other areas explored include the various police and intelligence agencies, paella making, the Legión, government agricultural grants, social problems and anarchists.
There are numerous strands to the plot, which makes the book seem to jump around in the first 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 letting them go in order to assist in solving a case in which he has no leads.
For 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 political background that is described.
This 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 little 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 reading.