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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409094524
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

Case Histories

(Jackson Brodie)




The fourth novel by Whitbread winner, Kate Atkinson - has received amazing reviews both internationally and within Australia.

'Investigating other people's tragedies and cock-ups and misfortunes was all he knew. He was used to being a voyeur, the outsider looking in, and nothing, but nothing, that anyone did surprised him any more. Yet despite everything he'd seen and done, inside Jackson there remained a belief - a small, battered and bruised belief - that his job was to help people be good rather than punish them for being bad.' 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. His days are full of people clamouring for answers and explanations. A jealous husband suspects his wife. Two spinster sisters make a shocking find. A solicitor investigates an old murder. A nurse has lost her niece; a widow, her cats. Jackson has never felt at home in Cambridge, and has a failed marriage to prove it. He is forty-five but feels much, much older. He is at that dangerous age when men suddenly notice that they're going to die eventually, inevitably, and there isn't a damn thing they can do about it. Surrounded by death, intrigue and misfortune, his own life is brought sharply into focus. Ingeniously plotted, full of suspense and heartbreak, CASE HISTORIES is a feat of bravura storytelling that conveys the mysteries of life, its inanities and its hilarities. It is a life-affirming work of profound insight and intelligence.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409094524
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 432

About the Author

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson is one of the world's foremost novelists. She won the Costa (formerly the Whitbread) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. She has written four previous bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog, which became a BBC television series starring Jason Isaacs. She has since written three critically lauded and prizewinning novels set around World War II: Life After Life, A God in Ruins (both winners of the Costa Novel Award), and, most recently, Transcription. Big Sky is her twelfth book.

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Praise for Case Histories

“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

“As satisfying as anything dreamed up by Raymond Chandler, but the beauty of the novel lies in its spot-on characterizations, pitch perfect observations of contemporary culture and a sharp, wisecracking narrative voice”

Time Out

“Atkinson is very good indeed... more satisfying than many detective novels. Everyone who picks it up will feel compelled to follow it through to the last page”

Guardian

“Brilliantly detailed and unexpectedly funny”

Mirror

“Civilised, funny, life-affirming and hugely enjoyable”

Literary Review

“Brilliantly playful, witty and original... massive and consistent talent for comedy”

The Scotsman

“Perceptive and engaging”

Independent

“Shot through with sharp, black humour, and introducing a loveable hero in Brodie, this is storytelling that satisfies at every level”

Marie Claire (Book of the Month)

“Murder, mystery and Atkinson's skill make for an atmospheric and moving story”

Eve

“Intriguing and affecting... she has also created a compelling central chracter in world-weary private investigator Jackson Brodie, who is determined to bring justice to all the lives that lie fractured around him”

Red (Book of the Month)

“Funny, furious fourth novel rumbustiously drives a path through the genre of detective fiction, demolishing its careful, forensic summation of human behaviour and replacing them with bloody, believable, vigorous tales”

“Vivid, multifaceted... Case Histories manages to be such an ultimately joyful novel.. I found myself captivated throughout by the vivacity and big-hearted humour... skilled juxtaposition”

WBQ

“Not just the best novel I have read this year...but the best mystery of the decade. There are actually four mysteries, nesting like Russian dolls, and when they begin to fit together, I defy any reader not to feel a combination of delight and amazement. Case Histories is the literary equivalent of a triple axel. I read it once for pleasure and then again just to see how it was done. This is the kind of book you shove in people's faces, saying 'You gotta read this!”

Entertainment Weekly

“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


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