From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Private detective Jackson Brodie finds himself entangled in three distinctly different cases only to thread the needle time and again and come across remarkable connections between them. Susan Jameson delivers an absolutely stunning performance; her classically trained voice is perfect for Atkinsons prose and the shifting point-of-view narration. Though the lead protagonist is male, listeners will never question Jamesons abilities; she brings raw emotion to this tale and her British dialect also gives the story a vintage mystery feel. As Brodie, Jameson is simply flawless, delivering her words firmly and with resoluteness. Hers is a performance that demands repeated listens. A Back Bay paperback (Reviews, Oct. 25, 2004). (Sept.)
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Critics on the other side of the Atlantic love Atkinson; Behind the Scenes at the Museum
won the Whitbread Prize. To Americans delight, Case Histories
has made the great leap. The novel is not your typical crime genre fare (that is why we placed it within our literary reviews); its also a series of family sagas with strong moral frameworks. Atkinson delineates each character with great empathy and depth, revealing his or her motivations, flaws, and healing. She sprinkles her trademark postmodern literary references throughout the book, but this time shes toned them down, a sign of maturity. The four alternating points of view and framing device create a somewhat labyrinthine situation, and careful readers may pick up clues before theyre supposed to. Minor flaws, really; Case Histories
is that "unisex, hard-to-put-down" kind of book (Chicago Sun-Times
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