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Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie) (Jackson Brodie series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The first Jackson Brodie novel: literary crime from the prizewinning, number-one bestselling author of Big Sky and Transcription.
'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
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...
The perfectly judged prose that distinguished Human Croquet is fully in evidence in Case Histories, and a new frisson here comes from the genre-stretching that Atkinson is indulging in. In some ways, this book could almost be seen as a new take on the crime novel (not the first genre one would expect the author to tackle), but the crime elements here Atkinson uses are peripheral. The protagonist here is a former police inspector who now makes a living as a private investigator. Jackson Brodie is making ends meet in a sweaty Cambridge summer and trying to deal with his own failed marriage. But if his life is adrift, perhaps Brodie can justify his existence via his belief that he can do some good for the people he encounters in his job. But he is to find that he will be irrevocably changed by those he is trying to help.
As a vividly created cast of characters surround the beleaguered Brodie, all the novelistic skills that shone in Atkinson's earlier books are fully in play. Those deluded into thinking they've picked up something resembling a standard private eye novel will find something much more rich and strange; Atkinson goes from strength to strength.--Barry Forshaw--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B0031RS8PI
- Publisher : Transworld Digital; New Jacket edition (26 Jan. 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 3268 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 404 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 7,388 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot centres around three crimes including a disappearing child, the senseless murder of a student and the murderous actions of a frustrated housewife. Needless to say, in the typical fashion of this writer things aren't always as clear as they seem and the three "plots" are tied together by the engaging character of Jackson Brodie, a somewhat put upon private detective. Ultimately there is not really a great deal of detective work that does on in this novel and Brodie is principally there to glue the three plots together whilst offering some wry and amusing observations at the same time. There is much to enjoy in this book and if it isn't quite as switched on as a piece of detective fiction as say Reginald Hill's excellent Dalziel and Pascoe novels, the pleasure of reading this book comes from encountering the panoply of interesting characters.
I quickly polished off this book but I felt it lacked the clout of the other three novels by Kate Atkinson I had read which basically knock the wind out of your sails when you have completed them. The longer narrative of these books plunge you in to an entire world whereas the Jackson Brodie book seems to follow a shorter trajectory. Like Hill, the book does have a few anachronisms which amusingly pick up on some cultural references of the 2000's however those reviewers alluding to this book being difficult are wide of the mark. Setting aside any reservations about some of the quite racy content of this novel, it is still a hugely enjoyable read.
The plot line involving attempts on Jackson Brodie's life is preposterous and one wonders whether Ms. Atkinson had her tongue firmly in her cheek while she pistol-whips him, tampers with his brakes and dynamites his house.
The hoho chuminess that threads through the three family tragedies didn't sit well with this reader. And you have to read the Laura Wyre story very, very carefully to figure out how Jackson came by the photograph of the yellow golfing sweater. We are left to guess what Laura's father did with the information.
BTW, the syndrome that Jackson can't remember, where the stalker imagines/insists that the stalkee is in love with him is De Clerambault's Syndrome (see Ian McEwen's "Enduring Love" for an extreme case) But . . the Jackson Brodie books are way better than Ms. Atkinson's "Behind the Scenes at the Museum" where the determined reader has to endure an interminable wait for something, ANYTHING - to happen
First published in 2005 it and others in this series have been rereleased with new animal-themed covers ahead of the highly anticipated release of Book 5: ‘Big Sky’ on 18 June.
Very simply the novel opens with three case histories and then the narrative moves to the present day as private investigator Jackson Brodie is drawn into trying to solve them.
I first read this novel in 2016 and loved it. It is very character driven drawing on the well established trope of the down-at-the-heels private eye undertaking quirky cases.
Although quite slow paced I was enthralled and found great pleasure in the revisiting Brodie ahead of the release of his next adventure.