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One Helluva Mess (Eurocrime) Paperback – 11 Oct 2000

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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books (11 Oct. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900850451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900850452
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.5 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,204,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Izzo is one of three Europeran crime writers whose growing literary renown (not to mention huge sales) is leading to a recognizable new trend in continental fiction: the rise of the sophisticated Mediterranean thriller. Izzo has a taste for fatalistic heroes who seem to love their food as much as their women and a gift for rat-a-tat dialogue..." - Economist

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HIf father was born in Italia and emigrated to Marseille in 1920. HIs mother was born in Marseille. In 1964, he did his national service, first in Toulon, then in Djibouti. He went to jail for a month and lost 15 kilos. He follows the PCF (French Communist Party). He then becomes journalist and after that chief editor of the communist daily La Marseillaise. In 1970, he publishes his first poems collection, Poemes a Voix Haute. He leaves the PCF in 1978. He leaves Marseille, and writes in various magazines. He then publish three books belonging to a crime serie which takes place in Marseille. He comes back to Provence. Latern he publishes some poems (Loin de Tous les Rivages), Les Marins Perdus and several short stories (1997). He publishes Le Soleil des Mourants in 1999 and dies just after from an illness.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Feanor on 17 Mar. 2009
Format: Paperback
Jean-Claude Izzo's One Helluva Mess (Arcadia Books) caught my attention for two reasons: its vivid description of seedy yet proud Marseilles, and its lavish accounts of gorgeous food. I'm not certain if this is a new oeuvre developing in crime fiction, the combination of great food and grisly murder, but Izzo could very well be a star in this field, along with the likes of Domingo Villar and Tonino Benacquista, all of whom treat food with passion. In this tale, Inspector Montale is forced to revisit his childhood to solve a crime involving old friends. The daughter of Algerian immigrants is brutally murdered, a potential consequene of which is sectarian strife on a massive scale. Marseilles is a true melting pot, but the rise of the racist National Front mirrors the fall in the fortunes of this city. When the police itself is affected by the canker of us-against-them, it is only a matter of time before corruption seeps in and the innocent are victimised. With this terse thriller, Izzo comes up with a procedural gem; in literary terms, Marseilles comes brilliantly alive. I'm well pleased.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on 11 July 2009
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This book was possibly better left untranslated as the manner of talking in British slang was very irritating . The other problem for me was that I felt I was reading a street directory of Marseille due to the ridiculous importance given to where people were at any one time. Sorry but this book did not live up to expectation, for the above reasons, although it gave a good insight into life and crime there.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Same book! 2 Dec. 2005
By Denise - Published on
Format: Paperback
Amazon is offering this title with "Total Chaos" at a special price, be careful not to order them both - they are the same book with different titles!I waited months for the arrival of "Total Chaos" only to find that a different translator had given a different title to the same work. It's a good book but who needs two of them.
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One Helluva Mess / Total Chaos 12 Feb. 2006
By William Dowling - Published on
Format: Paperback
Amazon should not offer these two books as a special deal - same book !! Or at least tell the readers up front! great novel but you need to know you are buying the same story with a different title.
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