Started Early, Took My Dog

A Novel
By Kate Atkinson (Audiobook, 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 asCase 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 asCase 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).

  • Praise for CASE HISTORIES:

    "Susan Jameson delivers an absolutely stunning performance.... As Brodie, Jameson is simply flawless.... Hers is a performance that demands repeated listens." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review).

  • "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
    ).

  • "... The story is delivered perfectly by narrator Ellen Archer. She is fully and completely aware of the undertones in most of her characters' voices, and when she captures them, she creates a stirring experience for the audience."

  • "Audie Award winner Ellen Archer...captures each character's nuances well. Highly recommended." (Library Journal).

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

  • "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).

  • (Publishers Weekly).

Product Details

Started Early, Took My Dog
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $34.98 US
  • Audio Run Time: 750
  • ISBN-13: 9781607886785
  • On Sale Date: 03/21/2011
Started Early, Took My Dog