One Good Turn

One Good Turn

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
In the sequel to Case Histories, millionaire ex-detective Jackson Brodie follows his girlfriend to Edinburgh for the famous arts festival, but when he becomes an eyewitness to a brutal attack on a man during a traffic jam, he becomes caught up in a string of events that draw him and the wife of an unscrupulous tycoon, a timid crime novelist, and female police detective into the heart of deadly conspiracy. 75,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
On a beautiful summer day, crowds lined up outside a theater witness a sudden act of extreme road rage: a tap on a fender triggers a nearly homicidal attack. Jackson Brodie, ex-cop, ex-private detective, new millionaire, is among the bystanders.
The event thrusts Jackson into the orbit of the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a washed-up comedian, a successful crime novelist, a mysterious Russian woman, and a female police detective. Each of them hiding a secret, each looking for love or money or redemption or escape, they all play a role in driving Jackson out of retirement and into the middle of several mysteries that intersect in one sinister scheme.

Hachette Book Group
On a beautiful summer day, crowds lined up outside a theater witness a sudden act of extreme road rage: a tap on a fender triggers a nearly homicidal attack. Jackson Brodie, ex-cop, ex-private detective, new millionaire, is among the bystanders.The event thrusts Jackson into the orbit of the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a washed-up comedian, a successful crime novelist, a mysterious Russian woman, and a female police detective. Each of them hiding a secret, each looking for love or money or redemption or escape, they all play a role in driving Jackson out of retirement and into the middle of several mysteries that intersect in one sinister scheme.Kate Atkinson "writes such fluid, sparkling prose that an ingenious plot almost seems too much to ask, but we get it anyway," writes Laura Miller for Salon. With a keen eye for the excesses of modern life, a warm understanding of the frailties of the human heart, and a genius for plots that turn and twist, Atkinson has written a novel that delights and surprises from the first page to the last.

Baker
& Taylor

Millionaire ex-detective Jackson Brodie follows his girlfriend to Edinburgh for the famous arts festival, but when he witnesses a brutal attack on a man, he becomes caught up in a string of events that draws him into a deadly conspiracy.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780316154840
0316154849
9780316012829
0316012823
Characteristics: 418 p. ; 25 cm

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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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