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Kate Atkinson's brilliant novel, bringing back Jackson Brodie from the bestselling Case Histories.
Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. She is also the author of a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World, and of the critically acclaimed novels Human Croquet and Emotionally Weird. Her most recent bestseller, Case Histories, introduced the character Jackson Brodie and and won the Saltire Book of the Year Award and the Prix Westminster.
Det. Jackson Brodie of Atkinson's first crime novel, Case Histories, returns to Edinburgh during the annual summer arts festival. He is witness to an act of road rage that results in a collision of this murder mystery's central cast. Terrence Smith rear-ends hit-man Paul Bradley, then proceeds to mash Paul to a pulp with a baseball bat until bystander and crime novelist Martin Canning ends the violence by throwing his laptop at Terrence. The witnesses include Julia, a girlfriend of Jackson's; Gloria, the wife of fraudulent realtor Graham Hatter, who spends most of the novel in the hospital, unconscious following a heart attack; and Archie, the young son of policewoman Louise Monroe, who both live in one of Graham's "Real Homes for Real People." Narrator Steven Crossley's apt reading convincingly portrays men, women, and children, Scots and Brits. Highly recommended.-Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.