Big Sky

Big Sky

Large Print - 2019
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"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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, [2019]
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780316425155
031642515X
Characteristics: 550 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.
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Alternative Title: Sky

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jimsauer1
Sep 13, 2020

JB #5

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pburgess_84
Sep 08, 2020

I'm in the Kate Atkinson fan club, but as some of the other readers pointed out, be dogged in getting through those first 100 pages because you know there's a treasure on the other side as the pieces coalesce. (Writing out the characters and a couple of words about how they fit was handy since I had to put the book down a few times over the week.)

Jackson's grasp of humanity is spot on for a private investigator. Interspersing throughout the novel the voices of his various ex-es in his head was brilliant.

Can't wait to get into the next one...

Readers of the Jackson Brodie novels might also enjoy the Mike Bowditch series set in Maine from Paul Doiron- gritty and self-deprecating.

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empbee
Aug 29, 2020

You get rewarded if you get through the first hundred pages.

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Roundcat
Aug 12, 2020

The review description "existential detective" would probably help guide those who want to read a straightforward mystery that sets out a problem, gathers clues, and reaches a solution away from this book. Atkinson's writing is more like setting up a 1000 piece puzzle, where you find the corners and edges, fill in odd bits of the picture, and finally the bits begin to coalesce into the whole picture. The solutions, and there are many, may not be the satisfying good overcomes evil that readers have come to expect; but they are more like life, where things are not always what they seem, and you don't always get what you want. The two women detectives and Jackson interact with the various parts of the picture, which seem disjointed at first, like the bit actors in a play that have something going on at the back of the stage, while the main story line is going on in the footlights. By the end you realize how those extra pieces flesh out the story and motivate the main characters. If you enjoyed this book, try Edmund Crispin.

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maipenrai
May 28, 2020

I am by far in the minority, but I thought this book was a bloody mess. There are too many characters. The author seems to assume all previous Jackson Brodie books have been read. Any book even if part of a series, must stand on its own and not rely on inside jokes and references. The storyline is so fragmented that I almost gave up on reading. Very disappointing for me. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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delphimo
Mar 20, 2020

Big Sky by Kate Atkinson is number 5 in the Jackson Brodie series. I am not enamored by this installment and found too many tedious characters. I floundered among this epic cast. Jackson Brodie has been demoted to investigating cheating spouses. Jackson relishes the chance to find the killer of Wendy Ives, the wife of a man Jackson just saved from jumping off a cliff. In the course of this searching, Jackson uncovers foreign girls enmeshed in sex trafficking. The theme of money hungry glimmers on every page, but does money protect the owners of this wealth?

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vancouverville
Jan 14, 2020

A great mystery, but it took over 100 pages to introduce characters and get going. I nearly gave up, but am glad I didn't. Once it did pick up there was lots of action. Many characters to cheer for. Would have been a 4 star for me were it not for the slow start.

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INVS
Nov 25, 2019

Typical Kate Atkinson. She is verbose, lots of characters woven into a finished product. Getting to that end can be complicated & confusing, it's not for the easily daunted and often takes several attempts. I love her humor, her use of words (which always cause me to take notes & use the dictionary.) So much of her language is pure Brit, heavily into Scots words, sayings & humor. Ronnie the Biscuit reference gave me fits of laughter. Also enjoy her literary references sprinkled about, although I often have to pause or read again for the point.

So glad to have Jackson Brodie back in action. I always picture Jason Isaacs as Brodie simply because of the film/DVD. He's quick, smart-arsed & dogged. Nice to bring Reggie back in this read.

Apparently one either loves her work or not.

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dmd1949
Nov 19, 2019

Slow starting book that is very verbose and has too many characters and side stories. The book should be about 100 pages shorter.

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sandraperkins
Nov 10, 2019

I found this book compelling—I had to keep reading to find out what would happen. Having said that, this is a really depressing book.

This is the second novel I have read recently that is about sex trafficking of women and young girls and boys: wealthy men trafficking women, young girls and boys not only for their sexual pleasure but also for making huge amounts of money (with few costs, as they keep noting in this book). That is sickening beyond belief. And we know this is not merely fiction: There are people like Jeffrey Epstein out there. He is dead (and in hell) now, but I am sure he was not the only one.

There is some rough justice done in the end, but that is not enough to redeem this book for me.

I can not recommend this book. There are so many other books available to read; why waste your precious time with this one?

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PimaLib_SamR Aug 12, 2019

It didn't matter how much they were given, how much stuff they acquired, they were never satisfied. They had been bred to consume and one day there would be nothing left. Capitalism would have eaten itself, thereby fulfilling its raison d'être in an act of self-destruction, aided by the dopamine feedback loop---the snake swallowing its own tail.

ArapahoeAnnaL Jul 04, 2019

It had taken a while for it to dawn on Vince that he might be a suspect. When it did dawn, it seemed such an astonishing idea that he tripped up in the middle of the answer to one of their questions... 'I sleep alone so no, no one can verify my alibi.' Oh, God __ I sleep alone. It sounded so pathetic. 'Alibi?' the inspector said placidly. 'No one's talking about alibis, Mr Ives. Only you.' pg. 150

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