Total Chaos (Marseilles Trilogy)

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"Jean-Claude Izzo's . . . growing literary renown and huge sales are leading to a recognizable new trend in continental fiction: the rise of the sophisticated Mediterranean thriller. . . . Caught between pride and crime, racism and fraternity, tragedy and light, messy urbanization and generous beauty, the city for [detective Fabio Montale] is a Utopia, an ultimate port of call for exiles. There, he is torn between fatalism and revolt, despair and sensualism."-The Economist

This first installment in the legendary Marseilles Trilogy sees Fabio Montale turning his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and taking the fight against the mafia into his own hands.

Jean-Claude Izzo achieved astoundingly rapid success with his Marseilles Trilogy. He died in Marseilles in 2000 at the age of 55.

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Growing up together on the mean streets of Marseilles, where friendship meant everything, three young men promised to stay true to one another. But that was before Ugo and Manu slid down into the criminal underworld of Europe’s toughest, most violent and vibrant city. When Manu is murdered and Ugo returns from abroad to avenge his friend’s death only to be killed himself, it is left to the third in this trio, detective Fabio Montale, to ensure that rough justice is done. Montale is not a typical policeman. He prefers the company of lowlifes and hookers to that of other cops. And despite warnings from both his colleagues in law enforcement and his acquaintances in the underworld, he cannot forget the promise he once made to Manu and Ugo. He’s going to find their killer even if it means going outside the law.

Marseilles is more than the setting for Izzo’s noir novels; it is a protagonist: explosive, tragic, breathtakingly beautiful and deadly. Asked to explain the astounding success of his now legendary Marseilles Trilogy (Total Chaos, Posse, and Solea) Izzo credits his beloved Marseilles: "Essentially, I think I have been rewarded for having depicted the real beauty of this city, its gusto, its passion for life, and the ability of its inhabitants to drink life down to the last drop." Fabio Montale is the perfect representative of this city of melancholy beauty. A disenchanted cop with an inimitable talent for living who turns his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and, in the name of friendship, takes on the mafia with his own hands.

Europa Editions will publish the second and third installments in Izzo’s Marseilles Trilogy in 2007.

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They grew up together on the mean streets of Marseilles, where friendship means everything. They swore that nothing would break their bond. But people and circumstances change. Ugo and Manu have been sucked down into the criminal underworld of Europe’s toughest, most violent and vibrant city. When Manu is murdered and Ugo returns from abroad to avenge his friend’s death, only to be killed himself, it is left to the third in the trio, detective Fabio Montale, to ensure justice is done. Despite warnings from both his colleagues in law enforcement and his acquaintances in the underworld, Montale cannot forget the promise he once made to Manu and Ugo. He’s going to find their killer even if it means going too far.

In Izzo’s hardboiled novels, Marseilles is the protagonist; explosive, tragic, breathtakingly beautiful and deadly. Asked to explain the astounding success of his now legendary Marseilles Trilogy, Izzo credits his beloved native city: "Essentially, I think I have been rewarded for having depicted the real beauty of Marseilles, its gusto, its passion for life, and the ability of its inhabitants to drink life down to the last drop." Fabio Montale is the perfect hero in this city of melancholy beauty. A disenchanted cop with an inimitable talent for living who turns his back on a police force marred by corruption and racism and, in the name of friendship, takes the fight against the mafia into his own hands.

Europa Editions will publish the second and third installments in Izzo’s Marseilles Trilogy in 2007.

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