A DEATH IN VALENCIA, by Jason Webster

2/series. I’ve been waiting for this book, starring Max C├ímara, ageing and lonely Valencia (Spain) murder squad detective. No stranger to personal trouble, Max is also in hot water professionally, with superiors gunning for him. A local restaurant owner is murdered. The Pope will arrive in a few days. Then Max’s apartment building collapses: long-ago construction short cuts and public works failures. Then an abortion-rights activist is kidnapped. Homeless, Max tries to keep his unraveling life together as he picks at clues and his supervisors go ballistic. A good solid four. Read Or the Bull Kills You, Webster's first novel, before you read this. This is one of those series that ought to be read in order. www.jasonwebster.net