"A talented French writer who draws from the deep dark well of noir."-The Washington Post
Chourmo . . . the rowers in a galley. In Marseilles, you weren't just from one neighborhood, one project. You were chourmo. In the same galley, rowing! Trying to get out. Together.
In this second installment of Jean-Claude Izzo's legendary Marseilles Trilogy-whic
Having now read the other two books in the trilogy, I will say that this was my favourite of the three. It is much more of a 'traditional' whodunit than the other two, but the story is so sad, and I love the way the author does not sh ...more
Fabio Montale, fed up with all that is bad about the police, thought he could retire, go relax in his home town. Do some fishing, some eating and drinking. Then his cousin comes to him, distraught, because her son has disappeared. Naturally the cousin is beautiful, a love who slipped through Montale's fingers in his youth. Naturally he can't really avoid being brought back into it all.
Montale is broo ...more
Its gets all the tropes of noir down to a pat. The wistful ex-cop. The beautiful Angelou. The missing Kid. The thugs and their schemes. Izzo is grea ...more
I hesitated to pick this one up. Weren’t there other more urgent items on my want-to-read list? But I loved Total Chaos, the first in Izzo’s Marseille trilogy, and he portrays Marseille so vividly, I was tempted to spend some time there, if only from the comfort of an easy chair. So I decided to try just the first few pages. And then I was hooked. This is a noir crime novel, enjoyable as a genre piece. But it’s far more than that...a portrait of a man confronting aging, haunted by his past, unce ...more
Jean-Claude Izzo who died way too young wrote the Marseille trilogy in the 1990's.
It's considered French noir.
The way how Izzo intertwines crime, corruption, politics, racism, love, hate, friendship, loyalty, jazz and French cuisine in Marseille is breath-taking.
I basically was on the edge of my se ...more
It is a Mediterranean noir par excellence and Izzo's writ ...more
All of the descriptions of Marseille have left me spellbound. Whilst the area is described as the first city of the third world, and no doubt there is some truth in this, the city is gripped by racial inequality, crime gangs and police who look the other way, I ...more
In his books, Izzo really nails the description of Marseilles. He immerses you in the sub-cultures, the geography, the food and the music of his home town. In the process he recounts a ...more
It was sad to read about the prejudice against Muslims in Marseille 20 years ago and then realized that the difficulty with immigration issues is as bad or worse today.
How did it take me so long to discover Izzo? I've read so many crime novels, but these are amongst the best. And like the best, the crime is less important than the characterisation, the deep knowledge of place and, as is so often the case, the celebration of a local cuisine. I don't want to read the last in this trilogy because I don't want it to be over so soon.