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Brodie and his dog uncover the truth (3.5*s)
Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2019
In this, the fourth book in the Jackson Brodie series, the author connects seemingly disparate events and people from the past and the present. Ex-cop and now unofficial private investigator, Jackson Brodie, has agreed to find the English origins of an adopted thirty-something woman who was taken to New Zealand as a mere child. Meanwhile, Brodie just happens to observe a confrontation between retired police detective Tracy Waterhouse and a woman behaving abusively towards a young girl. What Brodie does not know is that Tracy has unresolved issues from her past.
Also, Brodie, in pursuing his initial investigation, inadvertently causes a reaction that ripples through the story, involving Tracy and others. However, as in all the books of the series, the plot is a shadowy background presence. It lurks among all of the digressions that are often confusing, excessive, and explicatory. Eventually, the truth more or less emerges from the darkness.