One Good Turn

One Good Turn

A Novel

eBook - 2006
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Case Histories , once again featuring ex-cop turned private investigator Jackson Brodie.

It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander - until he becomes a suspect.

With Case Histories , Kate Atkinson showed how brilliantly she could explore the crime genre and make it her own. In One Good Turn she takes her masterful plotting one step further. Like a set of Russian dolls each thread of the narrative reveals itself to be related to the last. Her Dickensian cast of characters are all looking for love or money and find it in surprising places. As ever with Atkinson what each one actually discovers is their true self.

Unputdownable and triumphant, One Good Turn is a sharply intelligent read that is also percipient, funny, and totally satisfying.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2006
ISBN: 9780307373243
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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maipenrai
Dec 22, 2016

(The second book in the Jackson Brodie series)

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Jun 26, 2016

I come to Kate Atkinson's crime novels by way of her amazing novel Life After Life. I love a well-written mystery and am so pleased to finally get into these books. Just the thing for hot summer days in the south: a contemporary UK crime wave.

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rationallady
Dec 27, 2015

Wow! I finished it in three days-a new record. It was such a good read!

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

It is said that one good turn deserves another; however, in this superbly crafted and beautifully written novel, good Samaritan behaviour results in our hero being robbed, mistakenly identified as a murder victim, and more. His is only one fo the several plot threads in a novel filled with disparate characters and Atkinson's savvy, sarcastic and humorous prose. She leaves you gaspoing for the next Jackson Brodie novel (which I refuse to call a mystery--since I don't read mysteries!--at least until now!)

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DeborahGD
Sep 30, 2014

To my surprise (I had not liked the only other Atkinson I'd read, Life After Life)
I enjoyed this novel greatly. Loved the writing, the humor and the ending.

SLS71 May 02, 2014

I don't get the love for this one. It was a mess that not even a little twist could save.

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jaycrossing
Sep 14, 2013

As with all of Kate Atkiinson's books, this was one good read! A real page turner, couldn't put it down until I had finished the whole thing! Kate Atkinson is one of my very favorite authors.

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AdLibris
Aug 17, 2012

Loved the book. A Scottish Coen Brothers - quirky, funny with good pace. Great characters - where does she come up with them all? I liked this one better than Case Histories.

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bridge1
Jun 21, 2012

The first chapter was interesting but after that I couldn't keep going.

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Roundcat
Mar 26, 2012

This story was as complex a mystery as the first in the series, "Case Histories". I was enjoying the way Atkinson was wrapping up all the many threads that composed the intricate tapestry of her book. I got to the last sentence, and the whole perspective of the book changed, just like the picture that can change from a young woman to an old woman depending on how it is viewed. It was breathtaking.

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