Marseille 73

Publication Date:

June 2020



Original language and publisher

French | Les Arènes

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

Germany (Argument verlag)
Spanish (Spain) (Versatil)
Greece (Eikostou Protou)
Turkey (Dipnot Yayinlari)


Crime & Thrillers

Marseille 73


When Marseille lived in the shadow of far-right terrorism


The year is 1973. A wave of brutal murders is sweeping across France, targeting Arabs, mainly from Algeria, shot dead in the street. More than fifty men die in just six months, twenty of them in Marseilles, a hotbed of racist terrorism. Eleven years after the Algerian war of independence, the thugs who fought on the losing side have been amnestied and many have joined the French administration and the police. The Front National has just been founded. Fascists thirsty for revenge are beginning to plan bombing campaigns against mosques and Arab-run businesses—the politics of fear.
Inspector Daquin of the Marseilles police is working with a team from nearby Toulon to keep track of a constellation of far-right paramilitary groups running secret training camps.


When an Algerian with mental health issues kills a tram driver, a brawl breaks out at the public funeral, targeting anyone who looks North African. A young man is found beaten to death in a café in a run-down district in the north of the city. The murder is given the most cursory of investigations, until Daquin decides to take it on. Meanwhile, the victim’s family is determined to find out the truth about the racist killing and make the murderer pay for his crime.

Marketing Information

  • English sample available
  • Nominated for the Prix France Bleu du polar