The theme of A Thousand Pardons is redemption. In that spirit I'm going to forgive Jonathan Dee for making me like a book I had no business liking.The characters are big jerks. The ending is somewhat vague. A few things happen that stretched my imagination a bit too far. (Example: Helen jaunts on down to Manhattan and lands a good job after being unemployed for 14 years.)And yet. I ate this book up with a spoon and wanted more of it. The writing is clean and refreshing. Even though the characters were twits they were real twits and I wanted to know what happened to them.The "flaws" in this book are usually deal breakers for me. Not this time. How did you do that Mr. Dee?!Ah yes, I do believe it's called talent.