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The first Jackson Brodie novel literary crime from the prizewinning number one bestselling author of Big Sky andTranscriptionAn astonishingly complex and moving literary detective story that made me sob but also snort with laughter Its the sort of novel you have to start rereading the minute youve finished it GuardianCambridge 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 balanceSurrounded 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 connectedThe first Jackson Brodie novel literary crime from the prizewinning number one bestselling author of Big Sky andTranscriptionAn astonishingly complex and moving literary detective story that made me sob but also snort with laughter Its the sort of novel you have to start rereading the minute youve finished it GuardianCambridge 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 balanceSurrounded 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 connectedThe first Jackson Brodie novel literary crime from the prizewinning number one bestselling author of Big Sky andTranscriptionAn astonishingly complex and moving literary detective story that made me sob but also snort with laughter Its the sort of novel you have to start rereading the minute youve finished it GuardianCambridge 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 balanceSurrounded 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


6 thoughts on “Case Histories: (Jackson Brodie) (Jackson Brodie series Book 1)

  1. says:

    Having thoroughly enjoyed Kate Atkinson's Life after life A god in ruins and Scenes from the museum I was intrigued to try one of her Jackson Brodie books and the initial volume seemed as good a place to start as any I always feel that her novels tend to throw in a curved ball to begin with and it takes a while for everything to eventually coalesce before you become totally absorbed in the characters and the stories This book was no different and the many of the traits within her books seemed to apply to this detective novel Fans of her writing will enjoy this and it is fair to say that Atkinson has a knack of producing literary novels which are easy to consumeThe 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 uite 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 uickly 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 uite racy content of this novel it is still a hugely enjoyable read


  2. says:

    Two gripes You really do need a notebook at hand to jot down the names and affiliations of the multitude of characters the first time you meet them If you read the book at a sitting you might remember who they all are and what their relationships to each other are otherwise 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 houseThe 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 informationBTW the syndrome that Jackson can't remember where the stalker imaginesinsists 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


  3. says:

    I really hoped to enjoy this as then I would have lots to read Although very well written in its actual prose I found it far too fragmented in its presentation of characters fewer would have certainly been better Unfortunately as well as this I could really not warm to Jackson Brodie his name doesn't help he was too much of a cliché and his daughter was plain annoying A pity


  4. says:

    I've read it so many times I remember all the ins and outs of the plot this book never fails to satisfy Jackson Brodie is a brilliantly complex character with an endearingly shambolic life The 'case histories' in this book are intriguing locked together in ways that are not too unlikely and overall the book is very darkly comic I love Kate Atkinson's storytelling her writing the way she plays with time and twists the genre Not surprisingly I'm now going to reread the next one And the next And the next If only there was another after that that I haven't read


  5. says:

    My thanks to Random House TransworldBlack Swan for a digital edition of Kate Atkinson’s ‘Case Histories’ the first in her widely acclaimed Jackson Brodie seriesFirst 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 JuneVery 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 themI 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 uirky casesAlthough uite slow paced I was enthralled and found great pleasure in the revisiting Brodie ahead of the release of his next adventure


  6. says:

    I was recommended to read the Jackson Brodie series of books This one is the first in the series and is well written and kept my attention I am not a great fan of crime novels but this one is uite different from the standard detective book in that not a lot of actual detecting goes on and I liked that it wasn't a police procedural formula Jackson although he is a detective serves mainly to link up the three separate story lines in the book which are good but can get a bit difficult to follow as they keep interchanging with their own cast of characters Jackson himself is an interesting character as he is flawed which makes him down to earth and also he reacts to situations in ways I wouldn't have expected I only gave it four stars because I did have to do a bit of back reading to remind myself who was who