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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Patron Book Review: Case Histories by Kate Atkinson 5/28

Posted by EPL Patron and Guest Blogger Irv S.

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (2004) contains intricate, interesting, and interconnected plots. The central, though not the most interesting, character is a British private investigator, who is working on three cases. One involves a beloved three year old child, youngest of three daughters, who disappears in the middle of the night. In the second case a lovely and much loved 17 year old is murdered. The third tells of the murder of a young father in the presence of his infant daughter. All are "cold cases." Jackson Brodie, the p.i., is looking for the  daughter who has been missing for 34 years; the teenager's murderer,  ten years after the crime; and the infant daughter of the slain father whose wife has served a lengthy sentence but is now free. The novel features doting fathers, competitive sisters, and dysfunctional families. The women are complex and interesting, the men mostly shallow and predictable. There are numerous plot twists, plenty of hints, and a lot of misdirection. It is an interesting read that commands the reader's careful attention.

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