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A Bad Day for Sorry (Thorndike Mystery) Hardcover – Large Print, 1 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Large Print edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410431541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410431547
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Try to picture a more pacific view of small-town Americana than this: a 50-year-old widow who runs a sewing-machine shop in Missouri. But Stella Hardesty will make you change your mind. Sure, she knows about sewing, but she also knows how to bring a cheating, abusive man to his knees -- or to the hospital. Such is the premise of Sophie Littlefield''s first mystery, A Bad Day for Sorry (288 pages, Minotaur Books, $24.95), and it''s markedly original. In this initial outing, Stella, who runs a vigilante service for abused women (she was one, herself) is approached by Chrissy Shaw, who tells her that her no-account husband, Roy Dean Shaw, has taken off with Tucker, Chrissy''s toddler son from a previous relationship. As Stella sets out to retrieve Tucker and bring Roy Dean down a notch or four, she finds her own life in peril. Littlefield uses words, not drawings, but this is as graphic a crime novel as you''ll find this side of the thriller subgenre. The story''s compelling, the dialogue perfect -- and Stella is one of the most memorable characters of this summer or any other. -- Jay Strafford "Richmond Times-Dispatch" (08/30/2009)

Vigilante justice is getting a workout in crime fiction. The sleuth who takes the law into her own hands in Sophie Littlefields debut novel, A Bad Day for Sorry, is Stella Hardesty. Having dispatched her own abusive husband with the business end of a wrench, Stella takes tough and ornery to new levels. She has developed a justice-delivering career, her business driven through word of mouth from satisfied customers. She rides through the rural Missouri countryside in her husbands beloved Jeep (a sweet little green Liberty with chrome aluminum wheels and a sunroof) to strains of Emmy Lou Harris, stalking recalcitrant abusers and monitoring her parolees. Stella takes her Johnny Walker straight up, and shed rather not have to use the yoke and spreader bar with restraint cuffs, or the electric shock baton, or that little Raven .25 she took off a cheating son-of-a-bitch in Kansas City, but some spousal abusers just wont stay whupped. Still, her average quarry is an angel compared with the crew she tangles with when Chrissy Shaw hires her to find her reprobate husband who absconded with her 2-year-old son. Roy Dean Shaws new associates dont mind using any weapon in their considerable arsenal. By the end, Chrissy has become sidekick to Stellas Dirty-Harry-in-a-housecoat. Not all the guys are jerks, and Stella gets a welcome assist from Sheriff Goat Jones, an easygoing hunk with an appreciation for an older woman who isnt and never was a beauty queen. An abundance of violence is leavened with humor and heart in this debut novel in what I hope is the start of a new series. -- Hallie Ephron "Boston Globe" (08/30/2009)

"Crime fiction hasn't seen a character as scrappy, mean, and incredibly appealing as Stella in a long time."--"Entertainment Weekly""" "An abundance of violence is leavened with humor and heart in this debut novel in what I hope is the start of a new series."--Hallie Ephron, "Boston"" Globe""
""Markedly original...The story's compelling, the dialogue perfect--and Stella is one of the most memorable characters of this summer or any other."--"Richmond"" Times-Dispatch
"""A Bad Day for Sorry" is another of the year's best debuts, a standout mystery distinguished by its charming protagonist and her compelling voice. We don't get many characters like Stella in mystery fiction, but we should. She's fresh and sassy and an awful lot of fun to read about."--David J. Montgomery, "Chicago"" Sun-Times"

"In her debut novel, Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting as she disarms the reader.....Littlefield keeps the plot churning with realistic action that doesn't let up....Littlefield's exciting debut should be the start of an even more exciting series."--"South Florida""Sun-Sentinel"

Crime fiction hasn't seen a character as scrappy, mean, and incredibly appealing as Stella in a long time. "Entertainment Weekly"

An abundance of violence is leavened with humor and heart in this debut novel in what I hope is the start of a new series. "Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe"

Markedly original The story's compelling, the dialogue perfect--and Stella is one of the most memorable characters of this summer or any other. "Richmond Times-Dispatch"

"A Bad Day for Sorry" is another of the year's best debuts, a standout mystery distinguished by its charming protagonist and her compelling voice. We don't get many characters like Stella in mystery fiction, but we should. She's fresh and sassy and an awful lot of fun to read about. "David J. Montgomery, Chicago Sun-Times"

In her debut novel, Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting as she disarms the reader. .Littlefield keeps the plot churning with realistic action that doesn't let up .Littlefield's exciting debut should be the start of an even more exciting series. "South Florida Sun-Sentinel""

"Crime fiction hasn't seen a character as scrappy, mean, and incredibly appealing as Stella in a long time." --Entertainment Weekly

"An abundance of violence is leavened with humor and heart in this debut novel in what I hope is the start of a new series." --Hallie Ephron, Boston Globe

"Markedly original...The story's compelling, the dialogue perfect--and Stella is one of the most memorable characters of this summer or any other." --Richmond Times-Dispatch

"A Bad Day for Sorry is another of the year's best debuts, a standout mystery distinguished by its charming protagonist and her compelling voice. We don't get many characters like Stella in mystery fiction, but we should. She's fresh and sassy and an awful lot of fun to read about." --David J. Montgomery, Chicago Sun-Times

"In her debut novel, Sophie Littlefield shows considerable skills for delving into the depths of her characters and complex plotting as she disarms the reader.....Littlefield keeps the plot churning with realistic action that doesn't let up....Littlefield's exciting debut should be the start of an even more exciting series." --South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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About the Author

Sophie Littlefield is an Anthony and RT Book Award winner. She lives with her family near San Francisco, California.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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