Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel Hardcover
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Spur of the moment decisions lead to life-altering consequences. A child and a dog link characters in an expected way that leads to injury and death.
Atkinson has created several mysteries within one story in this latest outing, and although Jackson is the continuing thread between the books, he is certainly not the only significant character.
One element I so enjoy about Atkinson's books is that her characters are somewhat abnormal for being no realistically normal. Brodie is an ex-cop, ex-PI with a number of failed or failing relationships. It is nice to learn much more about him and his background here. Tracy is a long way from being the attractive, sexy, young cop so common now. Tilly is an elderly actress with early dementia.
I find it almost impossible to describe this book. The writing is clever but without feeling contrived. Her voice and humor are delightful. There are coincidences, but they are deliberate and play upon the theme. The theme, which comes from the traditional poem "For want of a nail," is brilliantly played out.
I did not find this the easiest book to read due to time and POV changes. It was a bit slow getting into, but it was never boring. I am always fascinated by Atkinson's writing and I love her titles. All I can say is that this is a book which can stand on its own and is very well worth reading.
STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG (PI-Jackson Brodie-England-Cont) - VG
Atkinson, Kate - 4th in series
Doubleday, ©2010, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 9780385608022
My favourite retired copy, Jackson Brodie, is featured again but Kate keeps you on your toes as she moves from the present to the past with little warning, so pay attention! I read it from cover to cover in a few days and now feel somewhat bereft that it is over. I do hope Ms. Atkinson is busy writing another as we speak!
Thankfully, this novel is a stand-alone tale despite being the fourth of Atkinson's novels featuring a private detective called Jackson Brodie. Brodie, despite (or because of?) a colourful past, now only works seemingly innocuous and straightforward cases, such as tracking down an adopted woman's birth parents (as in this novel) in Leeds. This case, contrary to his expectations, turns out to be neither innocuous nor straightforward. Brodie shares the stage with with two other primary protagonists: Tracy, a lonely, unfulfilled, but resourceful and clever retired police officer who now works as a security supervisor at a shopping mall, and Tilly, an aging, washed-up, kindly, and (not-so-ironically) forgotten actress. Their lives become connected, at first quite superficially and tenuously. As the novel progresses, it's clear their paths were meant to intertwine as a result of an event which occurred decades before, when Tracy was the first officer at the scene of a horrendous crime. The cold case, a murder and disappearance, appears to implicate the top brass of the local police department in a sordid tale of illicit trysts, cover-ups, and fall guys.
Brodie's investigation develops slowly, as he seems to uncover more questions than answers.Read more ›
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An excellent story, well written where caracter development takes the reader's attention...Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Kate Atkinson: Started Early, Took My Dog.
This book could have been interesting, if it were clear who is who and what is going on. Read more
I had to start this book twice to get into it. It was hard going. A lot of different characters that I knew would interact in the end but it was difficult to keep them all straightPublished on June 22 2013 by carol anne woods
I have read all of Ms. Atkinson's books and regard her as a treasure. She writes very well and never lets an observant reader down. A very real pleasure to readPublished on May 9 2013 by John Fraser