Big Sky (Jackson Brodie #5) (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Kate Atkinson’s P.I. Jackson Brodie mysteries are not your typical mystery crime fare. Atkinson is just as interested in the life questions that the wrongdoings explore as she is in “whodunit.” She has outdone herself with Big Sky. Once again, as she did in her four previous Brodie novels, Atkinson weaves compelling storylines and characters into an intricate puzzle whose resolution both satisfies and surprises. The book repeatedly thwarted my pledge to put the book down after reading “just one more chapter.” (Note: Each novel in the series stands alone, so they can be read in any order.)

Brodie is living in a quiet seaside village in North Yorkshire. He has followed his former partner, Julia, an actress filming a popular crime series on location, in order to be near their 13-year-old son, Nathan. Brodie’s working on a standard-issue errant husband case, collecting evidence for the man's wife, when an unexpected run-in with a man about to jump off a cliff pulls him off course. The central plot, involving the sex trafficking of young girls, is one that weighs heavily on our tough, yet sensitive, hero. His role is not to save the day since the novel is populated with strong, shrewd women who can take care of themselves. Instead, he reminds us that the relationship between justice and the law can be tenuous at best, and that doing the right thing involves personal compromise.

Atkinson’s smart, sly wit is regularly on display, as is her gift for creating characters whom we care about and want to meet again. Big Sky is a propulsive read from start to finish, and surprisingly life-affirming, given the high number of deaths involved. It's Atkinson's strongest Brodie outing, and a delight.

— Clara


Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie returns in a triumphant new novel about secrets, sex, and lies.

Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village, in the occasional company of his recalcitrant teenage son and an aging Labrador, both at the discretion of his ex-partner Julia. It's picturesque, but there's something darker lurking behind the scenes.

Jackson's current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network -- and back across the path of his old friend Reggie. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

"Thank goodness the long Jackson Brodie hiatus is over." --Janet Maslin, New York Times

About the Author

Kate Atkinson's first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named England's Whitbread Book of the Year in 1996. Since then, she has written ten more groundbreaking bestsellers, including Life After Life and Transcription. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316425155
ISBN-10: 031642515X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: June 25th, 2019
Pages: 560
Series: Jackson Brodie