Created by Kate Atkinson
Hailing originally from Yorkshire, Cambridge (and later Edinburgh) private investigator JACKSON BRODIE is many things: an ex-cop, an ex-soldier, an ex-husband, a weekend dad and a man who knows what it's like be dragged through the emotional wringer of life. Which is why this series by Whitbread Award winner Atkinson is so satisfying.
Unapologetically literate and literary, Atkinson (and her detective) never let the reader forget that there are real lives involved here, and real hurt, but she treats them all with warmth, humour and intelligence, as well as compassion and respect.
And Jackson himself is quite a piece of work, himself. A would-be tough guy, he nonetheless wears his big honking empathetic heart of his sleeve, and proves to be all too human at times, fumbling and bumbling his way through life in a melancholic haze. Paula Hawkins, the author of The Girl on the Train, tagged him as "marvelously melancholy" and that about nails it.
It's either endearing or irritating, depending on how competent you want your detective to be. But he does seem to attract any number of broken and damaged people, particularly women, to him.
The first three novels were adapted by the BBC and aired in 2011 as Case Histories. The Cambridge setting of the books was changed to Edinburgh.
- "Not just the best novel I have read this year...but the best mystery of the decade. There are actually four mysteries, nesting like Russian dolls, and when they begin to fit together, I defy any reader not to feel a combination of delight and amazement. Case Histories is the literary equivalent of a triple axel. I read it once for pleasure and then again just to see how it was done. This is the kind of book you shove in people's faces, saying 'You gotta read this!'"
-- Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
- "What Atkinson does (in Case Histories) is take the trappings of the PI novel structure to answer deeper questions, and succeeds incredibly well at doing so. The characters are not always likeable or appealing, but they are fully-rounded and very human. In short, CASE HISTORIES takes that very idea and reveals what really lies underneath... it could be said to transcend genre. But that's not what it does, because it's simply an excellent book."
-- Sarah Weinman, Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind
- CASE HISTORIES
Based on characters created by Kate Atkinson
Devloped for television by Ashley Pharoah
Writers: Ashley Pharoah, Peter Harness
Directors: Marc Jobst, Bill Anderson. Dan Zeff
Produced by Ruby Film and Television in association with Monastic Productions for BBC
Executive producers: Rebecca Eaton, executive producer for WGBH Boston.
Filmed in Edinburgh
Starring Jason Isaacs as JACKSON BRODIE
With Amanda Abbingtonas DC Louise Munroe
Zawe Ashton as Deborah Arnold
and Millie Innes as Marlee Brodie
Also starring Natasha Little, Fenella Woolgar, Kirsty Mitchell , Sylvia Syms, Phil Davis
- Series One...Buy the DVD
- "Case Histories (Part 1)" (June 5, 2011)
- "Case Histories (Part 2)" (June 6, 2011)
- "One Good Turn (Part 1)" (June 12, 2011)
- "One Good Turn (Part 2)" (June 13, 2011)
- "When Will There Be Good News? (Part 1)" (June 19, 2011)
- "When Will There Be Good News? (Part 2)" (June 20, 2011)
- Series Two...Buy the DVD
- "Started Early, Took My Dog" (May 19, 2013)
- "Nobody's Darling" (May 26, 2013)
- "Jackson and the Women" (June 2, 2013)
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