I am really surprised to find I am the first reviewer. This is a terrific book. I bought it because Izzo is a wonderful writer; his trilogy is a great story and his other works are also very worthwhile. Note however, that his books all show great affection for Marseilles and the Mediteranian coast. This book is an homage to that same area, and it resonates, also, in its recognition that the south coast of Europe and the north coast of Africa are closely related. After I -- a noir mystery and police procedural reader -- gave the book with a recommendation to my 28 year old son -- a world traveler and broad topic and style reader -- he was unusually enthusiastic about it. I whole heartedly recommend this book, but I don't fit it into any one category of interest.