Started Early, Took My Dog

Started Early, Took My Dog

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Tracy Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective-a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

Meanwhile, Jackson Brodie, the beloved detective of novels such as Case Histories, is embarking on a different sort of rescue-that of an abused dog. Dog in tow, Jackson is about to learn, along with Tracy, that no good deed goes unpunished.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2011.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780316066730
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 25 cm.


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Sep 05, 2017

Should've realized what "irreverent means". Realized after about 20 minutes I don't like "irreverent" and did not read it.

Funny, irreverent, and seemingly unrelated events and people are expertly woven together in this tale of good intentions gone wrong. Atkinson at her best.

JMP7 Sep 18, 2013

Loved it. Brilliant author. I've read all the Jackson Brodie books. The title is taken from an Emily Dickinson poem, I just found out.

Sep 06, 2013

Interesting book, but confusing. In the final analysis, I am not quite sure what happened to whom and why. I am, however, tempted to try another by this author because both the subject matter and the writing style were excellent. A gritty British murder mystery with corrupt cops and abused children.

Mar 11, 2013

did not like or finish

Jan 20, 2013

My favourite by this author. Loved the characters, the action and the happy ending. And of course the dog. I hope the author brings them all back in another thrilling story.

Jun 14, 2012

I love how the Jackson Brodie books always weave this web that keeps you wondering how it will all fit together.

gracindaisy May 22, 2012

One child bought & sold, two others adopted or kidnapped? Once again, Jackson Brodie solves the mystery. I love how the story unfolds in bits & pieces; the reader is engaged in putting together the clues.

May 02, 2012

As usual with Atkinson, great writing, complex plot, but she left so much hanging at the end of this one, I'm hoping she's got the next one in progress to resolve the loose ends.

Mallevato Jan 02, 2012

A good read. Very well written with very likeable characters. One of the author's better books by my reckoning.

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