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Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo
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Jul 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: mysteries, translated
Read from July 02 to 16, 2011

Marseilles is the star, filled with thugs and mafiosi and hoors and Arabs and wops and cops. Izzo is the French David Peace: gritty, authentic, unrelenting, tough. So is the prose, but with the soul of a failed romantic. Our hero, a cop who escaped the ghetto and life of crime, searches for the reason why his two best pals from the old days have met with violent ends. It's as complicated a plot as you'll find, reminiscent of Chandler's THE BIG SLEEP, this one made even more challenging because of a ginormous multicultural cast of characters. Thanks to whomever it was that recommended this trilogy.

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