Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
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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.
 

About Kate Atkinson

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Kate Atkinson lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named Whitbread Book of the Year in the U.K. in 1995, and was followed by Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Not the End of the World and Case Histories.
 
Published March 21, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Fiction
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When Tracy sees a known prostitute/lowlife mistreating her child at the mall, she impulsively offers to buy the child, and the woman takes the money and runs.

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The New York Times

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In her latest book to feature the quasi-retired detective named Jackson Brodie, Kate Atkinson lets him deliver a fair working definition of how an Atkinson book is apt to unfold.

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The New York Times

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In the fourth novel of an unorthodox mystery series, the ex-P.I. Jackson Brodie searches for a missing woman.

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The Guardian

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Over the four novels Atkinson has painted Jackson into a fractured universe of missing wives, near-death experiences, exploded houses and estranged lovers, but the absence nearest to his heart – his "own dear grail" – remains his sister Niamh, murdered as a teenager in a brutal crime that was nev...

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BC Books

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Early on British crime novelist Kate Atkinson found a formula for success and she has followed it with consistency ever since.

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New York Journal of Books

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With Tracy and Tilly, two confused and sad, if not sordid, main characters, Started Early, Took My Dog is a nearly cheerless book, only partially redeemed by Jackson Brodie, a few minor characters, and his adopted dog.

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Book Reporter

And as his investigation broadens, readers come to see the connections --- both thematic and actual --- between the investigation and the stories of others (Tracy included) whose paths he intersects.

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AV Club

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The latest  installment in an impromptu series of murder mysteries finds a deep, comfortable well of emotion.

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(Perhaps that’s because Brodie, with his dour demeanor and dark humor, often seems like a fitting magnet for the world’s ills.) And she develops Tracy, an older woman named Tilly who’s suffering from dementia, and a young girl named Courtney into studies in the kinds of lost women Brodie doesn’t ...

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The Telegraph

By impulse-buying a child, Tracy has .

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The Telegraph

He’s acquired a small dog and – most unexpectedly – a passion for the .

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

"One moment she was…contemplating the human wreckage that was Kelly Cross, the next she was saying, 'How much?'" She flashes 3,000 euros she has just withdrawn from the bank.

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Tampa Bay Times

So it's something of a relief as this book begins to see him enjoying himself by driving around Yorkshire, working in desultory fashion the case of an adoptee trying to find her birth parents but mainly enjoying the scenery and his newfound interest in poetry (which gives the book its title, cour...

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The Daily Beast

But when I’m writing, I’m not conscious of that, and when I’m finished and people say I’m writing crime, I’m like, well, no.” Started Early, Took My Dog By Kate Atkinson 384 pages.

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Seattle PI

It is simply that knowing the ship and the iceberg are going to meet one more time is not quite as exciting as it was the first time, the first two times, or even the first three times.

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Statesman.com

"To the Pythagoreans, three was the first real number, because they saw it as having a beginning, a middle and an end," says a character in Kate Atkinson's excellent "Started Early, Took My Dog."

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