Or the Bull Kills You

Jason Webster

Minotaur Books

Download Image Jason Webster Or the Bull Kills You

Available Formats

BookeBook
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 stand in for his boss, judging a festival corrida starring Spain’s most famous young matador. That night, he is back in the bullring, and what he finds on the blood-stained sand shocks the city of Valencia to its core. Cámara is roped into investigating a grisly murder while dealing with violent shadows from his own past, as well as confronting the suspiciousness of the bullfighting community and the stonewalling of local politicians in full electoral campaign. To top it all, Fallas, the loudest fiesta in the country, has just got underway. For Cámara, it seems his problems have only just begun...

Connect with the Author

Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

OR THE BULL KILLS YOU (CHAPTER 1)

Either you kill the bull, or the bull kills you

Traditional

Saturday 11th March

Chief Inspector Max Cámara of the Valencia Cuerpo Nacional de Policía cast a dark eye over the other guests at the Bar Los Toros, and sniffed.

Stopping by the Jefatura after lunch had been a mistake.

‘Cámara, there’s no one else around. You’ll have to stand in for me.’

The idea had been to run in quickly to see if he was owed any leave. Fallas was coming, Valencia’s pyromaniac spring fiesta, and he was

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for Or the Bull Kills You

"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

In the Press

OR THE BULL KILLS YOU by Jason WebsterKirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of OR THE BULL KILLS YOU . A Spanish homicide detective encounters more bull than he bargained for.
- Kirkus Reviews


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Jason Webster

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.

Jason Webster

Back

Community

 

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Or the Bull Kills You
Jason Webster

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429949859
ISBN10: 1429949856
304 pages
$7.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312581831
ISBN10: 0312581831
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.99
Back

From The Publisher

Minotaur Books

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back