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Big Sky

Big Sky

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.

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Genre: Mystery & Thriller / Fiction / Thrillers / Crime

On Sale: June 25th 2019

Price: $28

Page Count: 400

ISBN-13: 9780316523097

Praise

Praise for Big Sky:
"Kate Atkinson is one of those very rare writers who's a master at absolutely every aspect of the novel-character and plot and voice and language and themes and humor and dialogue and on and on. I love everything about BIG SKY, a giant mosaic of people and stories that fit perfectly together in a complex, beautiful pattern, offering tremendous reading pleasure on every single page."—Chris Pavone, bestselling author of The Expats

"'A coincidence is just an explanation waiting to happen' is one of Jackson's maxims; it could also serve as an ironic epigram for Atkinson's approach to the mystery genre. A small cast of characters collides and careens in a manner that straddles Greek tragedy and screwball comedy. The humor is sly rather than slapstick, and Atkinson is keenly interested in inner lives and motivations...The deaths and disappearances that Jackson investigates change with every book, but the human heart remains the central mystery. The welcome return of an existential detective. "—Kirkus, starred review
"We marvel at Atkinson's rare ability to create in a relatively few but stunningly deft brushstrokes at least a half-dozen characters with the depth and complexity to own their own novel. Another dazzler from a writer whose talents know no bounds."

Booklist, starred review
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"There is intrigue. There are surprises. But the unknowns aren't always what we think they are. The deepest pleasure here, though, is the author's language. As ever, Atkinson is sharp, precise, and funny . . . Another beautifully crafted book from an author of great intelligence and empathy."—Kirkus, Starred Review
Praise for Started Early, Took My Dog
Ms. Atkinson writes passages that simply have to be read twice, once when you first travel through the book and then later, when you want to see just how she tricked you...Ms. Atkinson remains a wonderful stylist and Grade A schemer...She was never confined to the crime genre, has written in assorted other modes and excels at them all. Whatever she goes on to write, she leaves Jackson Brodie at a suspenseful and pivotal moment. Future installments are well worth waiting for."—Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Wonderful...full of artful digressions and unexpected turns, but it amply makes good on its obligations as a mystery novel to explain the who, what and why."—Tom Nolan, Wall Street Journal
Praise for One Good Turn:

"Compelling and always entertaining. . . . Atkinson is a restrained, perceptive writer skilled at telling stories from multiple and hugely diverse points of view, making a crusty female police officer every bit as believable as her socially challenged teenage son. Her prose is piercing, lucid and perceptive."—USA Today
"Atkinson retains her always alluring style."—Jane Smiley, Los Angeles Times Book Review
Praise for When Will There Be Good News?:

"As a reader, I was charmed. As a novelist, I was staggered by Atkinson's narrative wizardry."—Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly
"Uncategorizable, unputdownable, Atkinson's books are like Agatha Christie mysteries that have burst at the seams--they're taut and intricate but also messy and funny and full of life."—Lev Grossman, Time
"The brainy, British author ("Behind the Scenes at the Museum," "Life After Life") returns to her series starring troubled detective Jackson Brodie. In this book, Brodie begins with a rather ho-hum case, tracking an unfaithful husband, but ends up involved in something far more sinister - all set in the picturesque English countryside."—
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