If you’ve never read the odd and brilliant Case Histories, in which Kate Atkinson launched the career of private investigator Jackson Brodie, ? you have an amazing treat in store. And while none of the sequels have quite measured up, few novels could. The latest Brodie installment, When Will There Be Good News?, begins, chillingly, as 6-year-old Joanna Mason watches her family — and her dog — slaughtered by a stranger on a deserted country lane. Fast-forward 30-odd years: The killer has been released from prison, Joanna disappears, and Brodie almost dies in a train crash. How ?Atkinson fits together these seemingly random story lines is one of the pleasures of her work, along with the dark sense of humor that belies a deep compassion for her characters. B+
When Will There Be Good News?If you've never read the odd and brilliant Case Histories, in which Kate Atkinson launched the career of private investigator Jackson Brodie, ?...When Will There Be Good News?Fiction, Mystery and ThrillerKate AtkinsonIf you've never read the odd and brilliant Case Histories, in which Kate Atkinson launched the career of private investigator Jackson Brodie, ?...2008-09-24Little Brown & Company
Genre: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Author: Kate Atkinson; Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Posted January 17 2015 — 11:46 AM EST
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