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Case histories : a novel (original 2004; edition 2004)

by Kate Atkinson

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Member:ablachly
Title:Case histories : a novel
Authors:Kate Atkinson
Info:New York: Little, Brown and Co., c2004. 312 p. ; 24 cm. 1st American Ed
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Jackson Brodie remains one of the most memorable detectives I have encountered. An intriguing literary mystery that stays with you long after the final page closes. ( )
  tashlyn88 | Feb 5, 2016 |
Well written with plenty of details to catch your attention. But that is also the problem ... what is the story line again? Wanders, meanders, left, right, and even at the end ... what was the point again. Not a "new classic". ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
Interesting descriptions of character and family dynamics (best when it avoids the inclination toward cliche that plagues some mystery writers as they seek to move the plot along) in this first of the Jackson Brodie novels. I looked forward to returning to it each time I had to set it down, and that is no small thing. I'm intrigued what Atkinson can do outside the mystery genre, so may pick up her new one (Life After Life) next. And I'll look forward to the next Jackson Brodie series on Masterpiece Theatre... ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
Good detective novel! I liked the way that each of the first three chapters detailed a case, and that the detective wasn't introduced until chapter 4! Lots of interesting characters too. I think Blue Mouse will be stuck with me always... ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Jan 23, 2016 |
Great fun! I really liked the unconventional structure of this mystery/detective story, with several seemingly unrelated cases laid out separately and occasionally being drawn together by private detective Jackson Brodie. The writing is excellent, very clever and very entertaining. The ending was a little to perfect and happy for my liking, but I'm very much looking forward to the next Jackson Brodie book. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
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We have a woman who once thought she was marrying a “great mathematician” but now finds herself—a mother of four daughters and pregnant again—wondering what her glowering husband “would look like when he was dead.”
 
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Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32)
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For Anne McIntyre
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How lucky were they? A heat wave in the middle of the school holidays, exactly where it belonged.
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She should have done science, not spent all her time with her head in novels. Novels gave you a completely false idea about life, they told lies and they implied there were endings when in reality there were no endings, everything just went on and on and on.
It wasn't that [he] believed in religion, or a God, or an afterlife. He just knew it was impossible to feel this much love and for it to end.
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CASE ONE:
Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again. More than thirty years later, two of her surviving sisters, each achingly lonely in her own way, reunite when their cruel and distant father dies. There, among the clutter of their childhood home, they unearth a shocking clue to Olivia's disappearance.

CASE TWO:
All of Theo's happiness is tied to his devoted daughter Laura. He delights in her wit, her effortless beauty, and her selfless love, and in the fact that she's taken a position at his prestigious law firm. But on her first day on the job, a maniac storms into the office and turns Theo's entire world upside down.

CASE THREE:
Michelle looks around one day and finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making. A very needy baby and a very demanding husband make her every waking moment a reminder that somewhere, somehow, she made a grave mistake and will spend the rest of her life paying for it — until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

As private detective Jackson Brodie investigates all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge. Jackson finds himself inextricably caught up in his clients' lives — their grief, their joy, their desire, and their unshakable need for resolution are very much like his own.

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316010707, Paperback)

Case one: A little girl goes missing in the night.

Case two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack.

Case three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

Thirty years after the first incident, as private investigator Jackson Brodie begins investigating all three cases, startling connections and discoveries emerge . . .

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:00 -0400)

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Case One: Olivia Land, youngest and most beloved of the Land girls, goes missing in the night and is never seen again. Case Two: Theo delights in his daughter Laura's wit, beauty, and selfless love. But her first day as an associate in his law firm is also the day when Theo's world turns upside down. Case Three: Michelle looks around one day and finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making, with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband-until a fit of rage creates a grisly escape route...As Private Detective Jackson Brodie investigates all three cases, startling connections emerge. Inextricably caught up in his clients' emotions, Jackson finds their unshakable need for resolution very much like his own.… (more)

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