Tuesday, September 21, 2010
When Will There Be Good News?
A couple of familiar characters appear: Brodie, of course, and Detective Chief Inspector Louise Monroe who had a flirtation with Brodie in One Good Turn. Brodie and Louise have moved on to new relationships but their attraction to one another is as strong as ever. It's complicated.
Reggie, a sixteen year old bookish, big mouthed orphan, is added to the mix and pushes the plot along.
Andrew Decker, the murderer of the family also makes an appearance.
There are multiple intersecting stories and many characters. There is a train crash, a kidnapping, more murders, accidental death, domestic violence, drug crime, fraud, oh my! There is coincidence in spades but who cares? Atkinson is a keen observer of human nature. This is an imaginative, well crafted novel and I didn't want it to end.