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3.0 out of 5 stars Gritty and terse thriller, 17 Mar. 2009
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This review is from: One Helluva Mess (Eurocrime) (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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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 11 July 2009
This review is from: One Helluva Mess (Eurocrime) (Paperback)
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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One Helluva Mess (Eurocrime) by Jean-Claude Izzo (Paperback - 11 Oct. 2000)
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