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Tracy Waterhouse is an oversized gem of a character — well worth chasing after through this perplexing maze of a plot. When she impulsively decides to buy an abused child from a prostitute on the street, mayhem ensues.  Just try to keep up. You'll be soundly rewarded for your efforts.
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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.

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"British author Atkinson's magnificently plotted fourth novel featuring Jackson Brodie (after When Will There Be Good News?) takes the 'semi-retired' PI back to his Yorkshire hometown to trace the biological parents of Hope McMasters, a woman adopted by a couple in the 1970s at age two. Jackson is faced with more questions than answers when Hope's parents aren't in any database nor is her adoption on record. In the author's signature multilayered style, she shifts between past and present, interweaving the stories of Tracy Waterhouse, a recently retired detective superintendent now in charge of security at a Leeds mall, and aging actress Tilly Squires. On the same day that Jackson and Tilly are in the mall, Tracy makes a snap decision that will have lasting consequences for everyone. Atkinson injects wit even in the bleakest moments — such as Jackson's newfound appreciation for poetry, evoked in the Emily Dickinson — inspired title — yet never loses her razor-sharp edge. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"The wonder of Atkinson's novels has been their joie de vivre, extraordinary given the high incidence of violent death. An irrepressible exuberance shines throughout, as well as a reliance on coincidence and resistance to neat resolution, both of which run counter to the standard pleasures of the crime genre." Guardian, UK

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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, Case Histories, One Good Turn, and When Will There Be Good News?.

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love love love this series.
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An engaging look at contemporary life and a unique detective novel.
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Kate Atkinson continues to amaze.....all of her books are so satisfying!
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ISBN:
9780316066730
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Atkinson, Kate
Author:
Malcolm, Graeme
Publisher:
Reagan Arthur Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
Murder investigations; Missing persons; Train accidents; Doctors; Murder witnesses; Ex-convicts
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Publication Date:
20110321
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 x 1.75 in 1.45 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Tracy Waterhouse is an oversized gem of a character — well worth chasing after through this perplexing maze of a plot. When she impulsively decides to buy an abused child from a prostitute on the street, mayhem ensues.  Just try to keep up. You'll be soundly rewarded for your efforts.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "British author Atkinson's magnificently plotted fourth novel featuring Jackson Brodie (after When Will There Be Good News?) takes the 'semi-retired' PI back to his Yorkshire hometown to trace the biological parents of Hope McMasters, a woman adopted by a couple in the 1970s at age two. Jackson is faced with more questions than answers when Hope's parents aren't in any database nor is her adoption on record. In the author's signature multilayered style, she shifts between past and present, interweaving the stories of Tracy Waterhouse, a recently retired detective superintendent now in charge of security at a Leeds mall, and aging actress Tilly Squires. On the same day that Jackson and Tilly are in the mall, Tracy makes a snap decision that will have lasting consequences for everyone. Atkinson injects wit even in the bleakest moments — such as Jackson's newfound appreciation for poetry, evoked in the Emily Dickinson — inspired title — yet never loses her razor-sharp edge. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "The wonder of Atkinson's novels has been their joie de vivre, extraordinary given the high incidence of violent death. An irrepressible exuberance shines throughout, as well as a reliance on coincidence and resistance to neat resolution, both of which run counter to the standard pleasures of the crime genre."
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