RARA-AVIS: Re: French Noir - J-C Izzo

Fri, 18 Jun 1999 14:04:51 +0200

I read Izzo's 'Chourmo' a while ago -- a very good noirish read. I'm not aware of any in translation. But an excellent hardboiled author who has been translated (in the UK) is Didier Daeninckx: 'Murder in Memoriam', 'A Very Profitable War' (the first is the best). These are published by Serpent's Tail/Black Mask, who do a great range of contemporary Euronoir.

Jaspirot is a good writer, but softboiled. I enjoyed his '10:30 from Marseille', which is a quality locked room mystery.


> I was just curious if Izzo has made it to the US market, or indeed if
> *any* French noir writers have been delivered up in translation to the
> US market. Izzo would be a natural: if it ain't been done, this novel is
> *aching* for a wider readership.
> Izzo has at least 5 other novels out, all in the last 7-8 years max.
> Cheers, --- Phil
> Lyce Astier, Aubenas, France

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