When Will There Be Good News? (2008) 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… 2008-09-24 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Little Brown & Company
Book Review

When Will There Be Good News? (2008)

When Will There Be Good News? | NEWS YOU CAN USE Kate Atkinson's latest Jackson Brodie tale
NEWS YOU CAN USE Kate Atkinson's latest Jackson Brodie tale
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 24, 2008; Writer: Kate Atkinson; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Little Brown & Company

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+

Originally posted Sep 23, 2008 Published in issue #1014 Oct 03, 2008 Order article reprints