Can a great novel rise from a single clever idea, in this case a career in Public Relations that consists of guiding executives, actors, clergy members, anyone and everyone to make a full apology of misdeeds so they can move on after a crisis? It seems not, not unless you can create believable characters (a stay-home mom with not one friend she can count on after her husband goes off the deep end, really?) orchestrate a realistic plot (moving to New York without first selling the house in the suburbs?), or manage some kind of an ending (what happens to the drunk actor?). I should have know better considering my past experience with the author. One star for A Thousand Pardons, for the clever idea that went nowhere.