I started reading it, and the character name sounded familiar. Jackson Brodie. Hmmm, where have I heard that name before?? Well, as it turns out, this book is not the first by Kate Atkinson, nor is it the first about Jackson Brodie, although it's the first I've read. There was a Masterpiece Mysteries series on PBS a couple of years ago. Seems that someone in the UK turned her earlier book, Case Histories, into a made for TV movie. Oh, I think I made a mental note to look up Kate Atkinson in the bookstore after I'd seen the credits. So much for mental notes!
Well, if the author didn't stick in my head long, it didn't hurt that the yummy Jason Isaacs played Jackson Brodie, and that's what remained in the back of my mind.
Does he look familiar?? Way back when I was watching, I remember I was trying to remember where I've seen him before and suddenly it hit me!
For the uninitiated, or if you've been on Mars for the last 10 years, he's one of the villains from the Harry Potter movies.
Actually he's been in some other big things, Black Hawk Down, Armageddon, in 2004 he was on The West Wing. How did he slip by me in those roles? Must have been the white hair that made his face so memorable.
Anyway, I'm going back to the bookstore for more Kate Atkinson.