An unusual take on the detective genre featuring Jackson Brodie, who has served with the army and the police, and is now a private investigator.
Haunted by a child-snatching job in Munich that went wrong, Brodie is determined to atone for his mistake - and gets the chance when the search for a woman's birth parents leads him into the dark heart of 1970s police corruption and murder. The case crosses paths with that of Tracy Waterhouse, a store detective who witnessed a mother abusing her young daughter, presenting the PI with a moral dilemma - should he do what he feels is right or just walk away?
Jackson is released from jail, his arrest having triggered a connection with the Joanna Hunter case. But will he be able to find her before something really bad happens? Meanwhile, Marcus has become caught up in the cheating wife case that Jackson just can't shake.
Jackson helps a teenage boy who has grown up in the shadow of his murdered mother to understand how she really died. Meanwhile, he wrestles with his own dilemmas as a past case threatens his future and relationships.
A woman is convinced that her daughter's riding accident was murder and through his investigation Jackson must confront some difficult truths about the destructive nature of love. His relationship with his own daughter, Marlee, gets more complicated too.
Whilst investigating a routine 'cheating wife' case, Jackson is caught up in a terrible train accident that brings yet another lost little girl into his life. This sets off a series of seemingly unconnected events that will have a far greater impact on his life than he realises.
Jackson takes on the mysterious case of a girl who went missing 30 years ago, as well as helping a grieving father to find the man who murdered his daughter, all whilst trying to deal with flashbacks to his own traumatic past.
As the detective series continues, Jackson seems to be collecting lost girls. Along with his continuing investigation into the killing of Laura Wyre, and missing Olivia Land, Jackson decides to help a mysterious seductress find her niece. All whilst dealing with the knowledge that his ex-wife is moving to New Zealand with his beloved daughter.
Jackson helps a crime novelist who is caught up in a road rage incident whilst hunting down the killer of a drowned Russian girl. His daughter's imminent move to New Zealand sends him to Yorkshire to visit his past.
Jackson uncovers the dark secrets of a novelist's holiday in Russia. He takes the journalist on a journey to redemption, and helps the wife and the dominatrix of a comatose crook with their own controversial bid for freedom. He also says goodbye to his daughter, Marlee.