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Solea
     

Solea

by Jean-Claude Izzo
 

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The Final Book in the Marseilles Trilogy

Ex-cop, loner, Fabio Montale returns in this stunning conclusion to Jean-Claude Izzo's Marseilles trilogy. Italian Mafiosi are hunting journalist-activist Babette Bellini, and the body count is growing as they close in on their prey. In desperation, Bellini seeks help from her former lover, Montale. Before he has time

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The Final Book in the Marseilles Trilogy

Ex-cop, loner, Fabio Montale returns in this stunning conclusion to Jean-Claude Izzo's Marseilles trilogy. Italian Mafiosi are hunting journalist-activist Babette Bellini, and the body count is growing as they close in on their prey. In desperation, Bellini seeks help from her former lover, Montale. Before he has time to shake off his most recent hangover, Montale is receiving sinister phone calls from men with Italian accents who want him to find Bellini for them. Like a woman he can't leave, like strong liquor he can't refuse, Marseilles lures Montale back into its violent embrace. 

This is a Marseilles that will break your heart. A modern city and an ancient Mediterranean port, a melting pot of ethnicities and a cauldron boiling with human passions, a place of natural splendor and of sudden violence.

Solea is Izzo's heartfelt cry against the criminal forces corrupting his beloved city. It is his farewell to Marseilles and to its ideal protagonist, Fabio Montale. It concludes an unforgettable trilogy that epitomizes the aspirations and ideals of the Mediterranean noir movement.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Izzo's taut concluding volume to his memorable Marseilles trilogy (after 2006's Chourmo), former cop Fabio Montale is still struggling to find a purpose in the wake of his leaving the police force. Despite his pessimism, Montale allows himself to hope again after he falls hard for a woman named Sonia he meets in a bar; noir fans will be less than surprised that the flicker of romantic promise is quickly extinguished-in this case by a Mafia hit man targeting Montale and people he cares for to get him to divulge the location of his journalist friend, Babette, who's written an exposé detailing mob links with politicians and the police. Babette's sophisticated analysis of organized crime's effect on the working classes, plus Izzo's unsparing treatment of his cynical hero, elevate this far above most Mafia-themed fiction. (June)

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Kirkus Reviews
The final installment of Izzo's Marseilles trilogy plunges ex-cop Fabio Montale into an even deeper well of corruption than the first two (Total Chaos, 2005; Chourmo, 2006). In the two years since she left Marseilles for Italy, investigative reporter Babette Bellini has been compiling information for a series of articles that will reveal the monstrous extent of organized crime's reach into European governments and their allegedly clean economies. Now that she's finally ready to publish, the Mafia is on her trail-and, once she mails a package of computer disks to her old friend and sometime lover Fabio, on his as well. The anonymous phone caller's threat couldn't be plainer: "We're going to kill your friends, Montale. All of them. One by one. Until you find the Bellini woman." Since they've already begun by cutting the throat of Sonia De Luca, who'd come on to Fabio only the night before, they have to be taken seriously. But so does Helene Pessayre, the police captain who demands to know Babette's whereabouts so that she can protect her. So does Babette, who has plans of her own. And so does the rising chorus of the dead, as Fabio begins to lose the few friends he has left in Marseilles to the ruthless executioners. A story like this can't possibly end well. But poetry-spouting Fabio goes out in a blaze of glory that makes the trilogy's capstone its least nihilistic entry.
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Praise for Izzo's Marseilles Trilogy

"Izzo's ability to describe Marseilles and to make his readers feel the multiracial reality of that city so directly and authentically is fascinating."
—Andrea Camilleri, author of the bestselling Inspector Montalbano series

"Terrific."
The New York Times

"A talented writer who draws from the deep, dark well of noir."
Washington Post 

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

“Like the best noir writers—and make no mistake, he is among the best — Izzo not only has a keen eye for detail . . . but also digs deep into what makes men weep.”
Time Out New York

"Noir at it's finest."
—Hirsh Sawhney, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609451288
Publisher:
Europa
Publication date:
05/07/2013
Series:
Marseilles Trilogy , #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
387,282
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
“Like the best noir writers—and make no mistake, he is among the best — Izzo not only has a keen eye for detail . . . but also digs deep into what makes men weep.”—Time Out New York

"Rich, ambitious, and passionate." — Washington Post

"Izzo provides another guided tour of the underbelly of Marseilles (so extensive that it seems to swallow the whole city) that's bracing in its wit and velocity." — Kirkus (starred review)

Meet the Author

Jean-Claude Izzo was born in Marseilles in 1945. Best known for the Marseilles trilogy (Total ChaosChourmoSolea), Izzo is also the author of The Lost Sailors, and A Sun for the Dying. Izzo is widely credited with being the founder of the modern Mediterranean noir movement. He died in 2000 at the age of firty-five.

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