‘Total Chaos” – what a great tag-line for Marseille! – is the first installment of Jean-Clause Izzo’s Mediterranean thriller trilogy. Featuring disillusioned cop Fabio Montale, it’s a perfect introduction to the complexities of Marseille: crime and beauty, racism and fraternity, despair and sensuality, tragedy and humor. In Total Chaos Fabio Montale attempts to resolve the murders of his boyhood chums, Ugo and Manu, exposing the stronghold of the mafia over the city. The book, like Marseille, is both noir and optimistic, and ultimately a lovely, intimate portrait of France’s only truly multicultural city.

Total Chaos is followed by Solea and Chourmo.
Published in 1995 by Europa Editions.