- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur Books (18 September 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 031258184X
- ISBN-13: 978-0312581848
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 2.2 x 21.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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Jason Webster was born in California and was brought up in England and Germany. After spells in Italy and Egypt, he moved to Spain in 1993, where he was inspired to write a number of highly acclaimed nonfiction books as well as the first mystery in the Max Cámara series, Or the Bull Kills You. He lives near Valencia with his wife, the flamenco dancer, Salud, and their two sons.
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And we're counting on Chief Inspector Max Cámera to solve the crimes and make everything okay. But he's got his own problems -- marijuana dependency, anger management issues, relationship issues, enemies in high places, and lots more.
Cámera's head is stuffed full of Spanish proverbs, which are a comfort to him and amusing to the reader. Despite the depth of Cámera's woes and the seriousness of the crimes he's determined to solve, there is quite a bit of humor in this book - the lively, generally profane dialog between cops; irreverent remarks about the Pope among cops and citizens; the murderously hot Valencian weather that keeps Max sweaty and confused; and the amazing importance of paella in the lives of Valencians.
There's a tense chase scene at the end. Max Cámera enjoys a good fight, and prefers his fists to his gun.
This novel, besides being a good detective story, presents a fascinating picture of life and politics in Valencia. Webster is no mere genre writer. His prose style is deft and vibrant, and he knows how to make a scene come alive.
I'd suggest reading the preceding novel first (Or the Bull Kills You). Max Camera's complex personality deserves a long series, so you might want to start at the beginning.
Not a bad book, though.