Solea Paperback – May 7 2013
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From 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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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
—The New York Times
"A talented writer who draws from the deep, dark well of noir."
"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
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As Solea opens, Montale seems to have settled into his retirement from the Marseilles police force. He almost seems content, or at least as content as Montale is ever likely to be. But death has a way of finding a way to the door of those near to Montale and in short order Montale is tossed into crime and punishment Marseilles-style. It seems his former lover and long time friend Babette is on the run from organized crime. A reporter, she has dug up enough information about the mob and its dealings in Marseilles and throughout Europe, to warrant her being silenced. She has apparently managed to hide herself away and the mob decides to start killing Montale's friends until he agrees to find Babette, bring her back to Marseilles and turn over the incriminating data. The rest of the story takes us through Montale's search for Babette through a final confrontation with her stalkers.
The plot line itself may sound formulaic and even trite but in the hands of Jean-Claude Izzo it works remarkably well. By the time the reader gets to Solea (and I do think the books should be read in order to get the full value of the stories) he or she will have a pretty good feel for Montale and his friends and for the city of Marseilles. Montale, like his creator, is a creature of Marseilles. He was born and raised there and there seems no doubt that he will never leave it. As with the first two volumes the city comes alive; the sights, smells, and people of Marseille seem almost real from one page to the next. So yes, the story line does come across as a bit tried and true but its setting saves it. Izzo also has a habit of putting in a few extraneous characters that come in to and fade out of the story in a sometimes confusing way. But again, the character of Montale, the very real feeling of empathy one gets for him as the trilogy progresses makes the occasional dangling character or story line seem less bothersome.
All in all Solea is a fitting conclusion to the Marseilles Trilogy. As with any good series I was sorry to see it end. However, anyone who finishes Izzo's trilogy may want to have a look at the television series based on the book and starring Alain Delon. Fabio Montale
The Marseilles Trilogy was well worth the time invested in reading the three volumes. Highly recommended. L. Fleisig
At times, however, I did find the number of characters confusing, and as a result, lost track of who was doing what to whom.
It's the narrator's voice that made this book an engaging read. The genre as excuse, you might say, for sociological, existential, and social commentary. But since Solea is in fact a mystery, the plot, and the stoking whodunit the reader's curiosity is important too; we have to be able to either unravel the puzzle or make a fair stab at it. In which regard the number of Izzo's characters cluttered the unfolding story.
Still, the protagonist's always intelligent observations held me throughout, even as I lost the various threads. And if you've ever been to Marseille and are as intrigued by that polyglot city as I am, you'll cut the author even more slack.I Think, Therefore Who Am I?
Marseilles is gritty and the author captures the sense of tension among the different groups of French.