A DEATH IN VALENCIA, by Jason Webster

2/series. I’ve been waiting for this book, starring Max Cámara, 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