AUTHOR: Kate Atkinson
Much as I love Kate Atkinson's literary novels, I 'm enormously happy when she has an idea for a Jackson Brodie novel. Despite Jackson being a private investigator, these books really aren't mysteries, not in the traditional sense. Yes, there is a crime or a multitude of crimes, and yes, Jackson usually ends up in the middle of things, but these novels don't depend on him to figure everything out. He's just a middle-aged guy trying to live his life, with all its messiness, which includes trying to be a father to his seemingly indifferent teenage son. As always in these books, we learn as much about the other characters as we do about Jackson.
The unlawful activities this time focus on the sex trafficking of girls, told through the perspective of police, survivors, and perpetrators. Secrets from the past collide with secrets in the present, and as is the pattern for this series, seemingly unrelated plots come together in a satisfying way. I hope Atkinson finds a worthy story for him sooner, rather than later next time.