RARA-AVIS: JC Izzo- British translation

From: Etienne Borgers ( wbac1203@wanadoo.be)
Date: 03 Jul 2002

An English translation of a very good novel by JC Izzo, French author, is published in the UK as: 'One Helluva Mess' (original title: Total Kheops
- 1995) - Arcadia Books
'Total Kheops' is the first and best novel of the noir trilogy devoted to his "police captain" (commissaire) Fabio Montale in Marseille (big French town on the Mediterranean coast). A very gripping and pessimistic story about the battle of Montale against organized corruption and his own inner demons. A great book. The two other novels that followed, 'Chourmo' and 'Solea', are not on par
(even if they are interesting):

French TV issued 3 made for TV films 'Chourmo' and 'Solea' adaptations of the Montale series earlier this year, with Delon as Montale. The first film was a total miss, but the second one was OK and the plot even bettered compared to the original. The third film is mediocre - the book was the weakest of the series, but still well above the third film.

A cinema adaptation of the first book will be released this week in France as a feature film but without Delon.

E.Borgers Hard-Boiled Mysteries http://www.geocities.com/Athens/6384

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