Case Histories

Case Histories

A Novel

eBook - 2007
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Jackson Brodie, a private investigator and former police detective, is quietly contemplating life as a divorced father when he is flung into the midst of three resurrected old crimes: a young child who mysteriously disappeared from a tent in her back garden; An unidentified man in a yellow jumper who marched into an office and slashed a young girl through the throat; and a young woman found by the police sitting in her kitchen next to the body of her husband, an axe buried in his head.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., 2007
Edition: 1st eBook ed
ISBN: 9780316031639
0316031631
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resourc (399 p.)

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cluhowy
Apr 07, 2017

Atkinson has a true gift for storytelling; her deft development of characters (with believable idiosyncrasies) grows on us and eventually we may even begin to appreciate their charm despite their "humanness". After reading a few of her books, I realized how astutely she portrays the frailties of people and their crimes. When we consider their crimes within context, it doesn’t mean that we "ought to" (commit crimes), nor does it mean we condone certain acts, it simply offers possible explanations regarding the "whys" (for those who enjoy the contemplation and analysis of human behaviour).I believe, given just the right circumstances, we are all capable of doing the "unthinkable", simply because we are human. And, some of us simply enjoy analysing human behaviour.
Obviously, Atkinson is well acquainted with advanced psychological insights into the motivation of human behaviour.
As my long ago Director of Nursing in Psychology once told me, "All human behaviour is motivated. In psychology, we seek to discover and understand that motivation."

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Jul 05, 2016

I swam deep into Kate Atkinson's four Jackson Brodie mysteries over a long holiday weekend and loved them all. Atkinson revels in coincidence and chance in her writing which allows her reader to feel deep satisfaction when random threads come together. Brodie is a great haphazard presence, tossed about by clients, thugs, women, and children. He is essentially decent and good, which provides balance to the evil danger lurking everywhere in his world.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 27, 2015

Missing children, murders, and an ex-police inspector turned PI; Atkinson manipulates the elements of blockbuster suspense into an ingenious plot set in Cambridge, Engand. Jackson Brodie is a private eye with a kind heart who examines three case histories and sets upson solving the crimes. As the cases intertwine, he struggles with loss danger, fate, family and love.

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becker
Dec 24, 2014

I thought this was quite good but you have to be a patient reader to appreciate it. It tends to ramble on in directions that appear to have nothing to do with the story but in this book the story is in the details and the patient reader will enjoy seeing it all come together.

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tavkaa
Jan 30, 2014

I didn't really get into the characters until near the end of the book. it ended kind of abrupt.

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vwruleschick
Nov 05, 2013

Meet Jackson Brodie, PI, but with his different clients who are all looking for closure as some mystery that has succumbed one of their loved ones. You meet Julia & Amelia, Theo, and Shirley who need Jackson's assistance. But there is some self-discovery made by the characters as you get to know them. Enjoyed - mystery series - book 1

oO_Oo Aug 02, 2013

This novel begins with three tragic case histories and then becomes an interwoven tale. The writing is decent, but I didn't care much for the book. It is quite possible that I am incapable of following so many trailing threads simultaneously. Just not my cup of tea, I guess. Maybe it's yours.

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empbee
Jul 25, 2013

Twisting tale with good character descriptions. A good literary mystery.

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amand_a
Dec 18, 2012

I saw this series on tv and I loved it (mostly because of Jason Isaacs..) so thought I'd read the book. It was terribly written, in my opinion. *gag*

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KCLady
May 28, 2012

This seemed like three short stories with the pages shuffled. It wasn't bad, but it was challenging to remember where we were in time and who was connected to each case.

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