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Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
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Jul 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: international, mysteries, literary
Read from July 15 to 16, 2011

Atkinson has managed in the Jackson Brodie series to fuse page-turning, highly plotted mystery techniques with beauty, thematic harmony, poetic language and contemporary philosophical musings in a unique style. I loved all but one of the four in this series, which I've learned is being made into a TV series to be shown next year on Masterpiece Mystery (beginning with Case Histories). In this one, Brodie's return to Yorkshire provides a deep well of historical reference (and fictional counterpoint, e.g., David Peace's Red Riding series). Which is great, because Atkinson knows how to mine her characters' histories of loss, shame, secrets and lies. And much like Ross Macdonald and others practitioners who manage to transcend the PI genre, it is in the exhumation of these intersecting pasts that characters meet their fates and find their meaning; where readers find much pleasure, as I did.

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