Started Early, Took My Dog

A Novel
By Kate Atkinson (Trade Paperback, 2011)
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.

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.

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, Case Histories, One Good Turn, and When Will There Be Good News?.
  • PRAISE FOR ONE GOOD TURN:

    "Compelling and always entertaining. . . . Atkinson is a restrained, perceptive writer skilled at telling stories from multiple and hugely diverse points of view, making a crusty female police officer every bit as believable as her socially challenged teenage son. Her prose is piercing, lucid and perceptive."
    (USA Today
    ).

  • "Readers of Ms. Atkinson's previous book, Case Histories, know just how adept she is at manipulating multiple story lines. In the past Ms. Atkinson has played the minor time trick of letting events almost converge and then replaying them from slightly different points of view. She does that here to the same smart, unnerving effect."
    (New York Times).

  • "Atkinson retains her always alluring style." (Los Angeles Times Book Review).

  • PRAISE FOR WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS?:

    "As a reader, I was charmed.  As a novelist, I was staggered by Atkinson's narrative wizardry."
    (Entertainment Weekly
    ).

  • "Uncategorizable, unputdownable, Atkinson's books are like Agatha Christie mysteries that have burst at the seams--they're taut and intricate but also messy and funny and full of life."
    (Time).

  • "Thank God, in these hard times, for a cheerful, ghoulish, gory book like this...this is a grand mystery."
    (Washington Post
    ).

  • "You don't need to have read the earlier two books to appreciate this one, but I can't think of any reason to deny yourself the delights of all three...The novel satisfies the question in its own title. The answer is: Right here and right now." (Laura Miller, Salon ).

  • "Expertly rendered...It is very much to be hoped that Kate Atkinson keeps this gratifying series going." (Janet Maslin, New York Times ).

  • "[Atkinson shows a] remarkable ability to shear through layers of secrets and inhibitions and tease out the baldest of truths about her characters...[she] takes her metaphorical flashlight and shines it so authoritatively that the dark corners where hidden revelations wish to hide don't stand a chance." (Baltimore Sun).

  • "Good news lies on every page of this meticulously plotted and affecting thriller." (Connie Ogle, Miami Herald).

  • "It's hard to imagine a novel starting in a more gripping or terrifying way." (Elissa Schappell, New York Times Book Review).

  • "Atkinson's novels crackle with intelligence and wit and wise meditations on life, death, love, and loss." (Jean Westmore, Buffalo News).

  • (Publishers Weekly).

Product Details

Started Early, Took My Dog
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US
  • Pages: 400
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316066747
  • On Sale Date: 10/06/2011
Started Early, Took My Dog