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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312581831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312581831
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Spanish city of Valencia looks dazzling in Jason Webster's first novel. Even as the violence escalates and the symbolism thickens, the estimable Inspector Camara remains open-minded, if a bit cynical, about the grand follies of his beautiful city." --The New York Times
 
"Webster...makes his scenes easy to visualize, uses believable dialog, and plays out the investigation in an assured manner. The author’s marvelously structured mystery not only reveals the complex politics behind bullfighting but also introduces us to colorful, tragic, and empathetic characters. The city of Valencia is a character as well, so strong is the sense of place...With its rapid pace and wonderfully flawed detective, this vibrant novel has tremendous appeal."--Library Journal (starred review, debut of the month)
 
"[A] remarkable first novel, a baffling mystery...Webster makes the bullfighting integral to the plot rather than a mere backdrop, effortlessly conveying the role of the sport in Spanish society. The well-rounded lead--cynical, willing to bend the rules, emotionally wounded--should be more than capable of sustaining a long series."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
 
"Max and his police assistants are intriguing and well-drawn characters, and the Valencia setting is unique and well described." -- Booklist
 
"Webster’s insights into bullfighting shed light on aspects of the Spanish character, lifting this debut and its bleak and brooding protagonist above the ordinary." -- Kirkus Reviews
 
"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." -- Midwest Book Reviews
 
  "A sensational debut. Gripping, sexy and above all evocative of Spain's dark underbelly, it's a must-read crime novel."
-- Tarquin Hall, author of the Vish Puri mysteries
 
"Webster has penned a great book."
--The Bookseller
 
"This inner journey of one of the most attractive figures to enter recent detective fiction is set amid a splendidly authentic Valencia...Like the best detective stories, this book becomes a scrutiny of our own most powerful drives and secrets." -- The Independent
 
"For its nifty plotting, great descriptions and the most enchanting new detective I've come across in a good while, I award this novel both ears and the tail."--The Guardian

About the Author

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 titles. He lives near Valencia with his wife, the flamenco dancer, Salud, and their two sons. Visit his Web site at www.jasonwebster.net.


More About the Author

Jason Webster was born in Mountain View, California, and educated at St John's College, Oxford, where he studied Arabic and Islamic History. After living in the US, Britain, Germany, Italy and Egypt, he moved to Spain in his early 20s. He owns a mountain farm in Castellón province, where he plants oak trees, keeps bees, makes olive oil and distills liver-destroying firewater when not working on his new series of detective novels. He is married to the flamenco dancer Salud and they have two sons.

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Well written, interesting , well developed characters and interesting story line.
Grace Benesh-Buck
This story is so much more than a whodunit thriller - the murder mystery brings with it romance, modern-day controversy, and an uncensored look at Spanish culture.
Erin Ridley
Thirdly, the plotting and motivations of the characters got a bit out of control toward the end, and there was also one totally unbelievable coincidence.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ita on March 4, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
`Or the Bull Kills You' is a vivid, masculine, energizing book by a writer unafraid to confront the reality of violent death.

As in any good murder mystery, the identity and motives of the killer (or is it killers?) remain concealed until the end. Chief Inspector Max Camara of the Valencia Cuerpo Nacional de Policia resists the temptation and pressures on him to indict the most obvious suspect. Instead, using the tactics of the bullfight, he gets to know each of the suspects, observes the weaknesses of each, assesses their capacity to torture and kill and predicts their responses before moving in for the final confrontation.

To really appreciate this book you have, like a matador, to be in control and refuse to rush. Then you realise that Camara is not only a detective: he is also a mystery. In parallel with the revelation of the hidden lives of the suspects is the revelation of a side of the detective he has previously refused to acknowledge. Who among us really likes to admit he, or she, is driven by animal instincts? By identifying with the bull, Camara acknowledges he has within him both bull and bullfighter. Using the art of the matador to control the bull within, rather than denying its existence, he learns to benefit from, rather than be at the mercy of, animal vitality.

I suspect this is a book which will be read mostly by men, but for me it was engrossing and I hope that it will find many more readers among women.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erin Ridley on September 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This story is so much more than a whodunit thriller - the murder mystery brings with it romance, modern-day controversy, and an uncensored look at Spanish culture. Brilliantly weaved into the storyline, Webster explores the current debate over bull fighting - a debate that most Spaniards aren't even capable of fully grasping. Beyond that, through his characters, he brings Spain to life - a flawed but sexy Spain...the real Spain (I know because I've lived here for nearly four years). So alive were his characters, that I can still see Max when I have a drink at the local bar, or when I pass by a Plaza de Toros. It's one of those books you don't put down, and when you do, it leaves you wanting more. I can assure you that I will be counting down the days until the release of the next book in the series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Author Jason Webster sites his excellent murder mystery in the city of Valencia and in the middle of the ongoing Spanish controversy over bull-fighting. The latter is a hot topic that has recently seen some cities in Spain, with vocal support from animal rights activists, ban the traditional national spectacle, while other municipalities continue to defend and host the events. Even the Spanish royal family seems to be split on the subject with the King regularly in attendance and the Queen and some royal children boycotting.)

In any event, within the above context, the deftly written "Or the Bull Kills You" opens with the brutal and stagey killing of Spain's most celebrated bull-fighter, Jorge Blanco and is followed by the equally brutal murder of his manager. Stepping in to investigate the murders is Chief Inspector Max Camara of the Valencia Police, a standup kind of guy, who has a complicated personal life (of course) but is thankfully not an alcoholic, lacking in self-esteem or a non-stop punching bag for the bad guys. He is, however, frequently at odds with his bosses and other figures of authority and immediately runs afoul of the Valencia Mayor's office when assigned the Blanco murder case. Inspector Camara soon finds out that there are many suspects with good motives as Blanco was a gay man in an intensely macho sport, in a complicated relationship with the members of a bull-breeding family that depended on his success in the ring, "engaged" to an aging bombshell singer (female) and in head-to-head competition with another highly successful bullfighter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sljk on June 27, 2012
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This is so much more than a simple murder mystery! Romance,history,bullfighting(symbolism,morals & controversies),country cultures & family heritages all woven into an exciting trip through the Spanish Fallas!! I picked the wrong killer:)I thought the same thing as Max Cámara "How could he have not seen it before?"!!Can't wait to start Jason Webster's newest book;A Death In Valencia to see what Max can get into......and hopefully out of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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
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