Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie) - Jackson Brodie (Paperback)Kate Atkinson (author)
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With Case Histories, Kate Atkinson invests the detective novel with a gravitas and emotional range that few authors are capable of. On one level, the interweaving investigation of three separate criminal cases by the maverick private eye Jackson Brodie is pure thriller heaven; impeccably structured, twisty and unpredictable. But there is also a more profound dimension to this incredible book, one that examines grief, loss and family dysfunction with a perceptive, generous eye and a big heart.
Cambridge is sweltering, during an unusually hot summer. To Jackson Brodie, former police inspector turned private investigator, the world consists of one accounting sheet - Lost on the left, Found on the right - and the two never seem to balance. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life haunted by a family tragedy, Jackson attempts to unravel three disparate case histories and begins to realise that in spite of apparent diversity, everything is connected...
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 293 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 26 mm
'Her best book yet, an astonishingly complex and moving literary detective story that made me sob but also snort with laughter. It's the sort of novel you have to start rereading the minute you've finished it.' - Guardian
'Sharp humour, together with a number of unexpected twists makes this a typically pacey and intelligent read.' - Daily Mail
'A greedy feast of a story by a masterful author...A profound, exciting and lingering read.' - Daily Express
'Triumphant...Her best book yet...A tragi-comedy for our times.' - Sunday Telegraph
'To read it is to enter a hall of mirrors...Part complex family drama, part mystery, it winds up having more depth and vividness than ordinary thrillers and more thrills than ordinary fiction...A wonderfully tricky book.' - New York Times
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“The first of the Jackson Brodie mysteries”
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A pleasant read, but not as good as I had hoped or expected.
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