Maximiliano Cámara Reyes was born in Albacete, in the heart of Cervantes’s La Mancha, in the 1960s, as Spain slowly opened up to the outside world and people began to sense the beginning of the end of Franco’s dictatorship.
Hailing from a traditionally Anarchist family, Cámara was brought up by his grandfather, Hilario, before studying law at the University of Castilla La Mancha. After entering the Cuerpo Nacional de Policía he was transferred to Valencia, where he started in narcotics as an Inspector before being promoted to Chief Inspector and moved to Homicidios.
Cámara often thinks in traditional Spanish proverbs, or refranes, drilled into him by Hilario since childhood. Another passion is flamenco, and he listens regularly to singing greats such as Camarón de la Isla and Enrique Morente.
Hilario was incensed when the only remaining member of his family joined the forces of oppression, but he maintains a counter-cultural link with his grandson by secretly growing marihuana for him, which they smoke together when Cámara makes trips to Albacete.
Apart from Hilario, Cámara has no other family. He is unmarried.
Note: The name “Cámara” is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable, sounding not unlike the English word “camera”.