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Or the Bull Kills You
     

Or the Bull Kills You

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by Jason Webster
 

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An accomplished debut mystery set in the high-stakes and decidedly murky world of bullfighting in Valencia, Spain

"Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you." Chief Inspector Max Cámara thinks in proverbs,and he hates one thing above all: bullfighting. One hot afternoon in Valencia, however, he has to

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Or the Bull Kills You 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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rtpana More than 1 year ago
The first third of this book reminded me of Robert Wilson's four superb intertwined mysteries featuring Javier Falcon that were set in Sevilla. Therefore my expectations were getting higher but fell flat during the last third of the book. Mr. Webster does a very fine job of setting the atmosphere of the Valencia fallas but needs to develop both his plot and his characters. He seemed to spend more time describing the Spanish bull fighting mystique than adding depth or intricancy to the story. All being said I will read Mr. Webster's next mystery since it was entertaining.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Valencia, Spain dynamic matador Jorge Blanco has brought a fervor reawakening in bullfighting's popularity. However, not everyone is enamored with Jorge or his sport as many locals find it barbaric and cruel. Politicians rant in favor of banning bullfighting as they believe that is a key ticket to obtaining or remaining in office. However, someone takes the opposition to a new level by recognizing the threat by charismatic popular Blanco. In a bulling, the matador's naked corpse is found with darts in his back, a sword in his ribs, and a Spanish flag pulled tightly around his neck. Nobody on the VPD staff wants the volatile high profile homicide investigation assigned to Chief Inspector Max Camara; his plea of a conflict of interest due to being against bullfighting is ignored. A second similar murder occurs increasing the pressure on Camara to solve the case by the same politicians who also demand the inquiry stay away from their election campaigns. Or The Bull Kills You is a superb Spanish police procedural starring a somewhat cynical dedicated cop who steps into the bullring, a place he loathes. The country's culture and heritage, the city, the two faced politicians and the sport provide strong pillars to a terrific whodunit as Camara feels the fishbowl effect as he works a case from inside the bullring with figuratively everyone in the stands watching his investigation. Harriet Klausner