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Jean-Claude Izzo

Chourmo

2013, pp. 256, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609451271
Translated by: Howard Curtis
Region: France
Book collection: World Noir
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£ 12.99

The book

Book two in the Marseilles trilogy

"Haunting."
The New Yorker

"In Marseilles, you weren’t just from one neighborhood, one project. You were chourmo. In the same galley, rowing! Trying to get out. Together.”

Fabio Montale has left a police force marred by corruption, racism and greed to follow the placid rhythms of his native town: the sea, fishing, and the local bar. But getting out is not going to be so easy. When his cousin’s son goes missing, Montale is dragged back into the mean streets of a violent, crime-infested Marseilles. To discover the truth about the boy’s disappearance, he infiltrates a dangerous underworld of mobsters, religious fanatics, crooked cops and ordinary people driven to extremes by desperation.

This second novel in Izzo’s acclaimed Marseilles trilogy is a touching tribute to the author’s beloved city, in all its color and complexity. Fabio Montale is an unwitting hero in this city of melancholy beauty.

“When the urge for escapist reading simply cannot be denied, there are always foreign authors like Jean-Claude Izzo.”
The New York Times

“Rich, ambitious, and passionate.”
Washington Post

“A sensationally readable mystery . . . Full of fascinating characters.”
The Chicago Tribune

“Distinctive and fascinating.”
Kirkus (starred review)

The author

Jean-Claude Izzo
Jean-Claude Izzo was born in Marseilles in 1945. Best known for the Marseilles trilogy (Total Chaos, Chourmo, Solea), Izzo is also the author of The Lost Sailors and A Sun for the Dying. Izzo is widely considered the founder of the modern Mediterranean noir movement. He died in 2000 at the age of 55.

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