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One Good Turn: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

One Good Turn: A Novel (original 2006; edition 2006)

by Kate Atkinson

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Title:One Good Turn: A Novel
Authors:Kate Atkinson
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2006), Hardcover, 432 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Edinburgh, crime fiction, coincidence

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One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson (2006)

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A worthy follow-up to Case Histories...again the focus is not really on the mystery plot but on the web of relationships between characters. Atkinson has an amazing knack for capturing how people are through stream-of-consciousness passages that perfectly portray the mixture of the mundane and the poetic that make up the individual. ( )
  mrlzbth | Feb 6, 2014 |
“Boxes within boxes, dolls within dolls, worlds within worlds. Everything was connected.”

These words taken from it's pages perfectly describe the entwining feeling one gets when reading One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson. A series of coincidences and chance encounters make for one very riveting read. This is the second Jackson Brodie book and I found it to be surprising, multi-layered and quite an addictive read.

Jackson has come to Edinburgh at the time of the Festival to be with his actress girlfriend, Julia whose time is totally engaged in rehearsing for a play that is about to open. With so much free time on his hands, he spends his time wandering the streets of Edinburgh. He soon witnesses a road-rage incident and then a murderous attack that eventually leads to more mayhem and murder. As the body count rises, Jackson soon finds himself more than an innocent bystander.

Expertly written with razor sharp insight, humor and emotion, Kate Atkinson has delivered another great crime story where the pages seem to turn by themselves. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jan 7, 2014 |
A wonderful book. So wonderful that I have two copies, on of which has been selected in the Oz VBB, and is on its way to WA.
  livrecache | Nov 12, 2013 |
Another clever story where everything seems random and unrelated at the beginning and turns into one big funny mess at the end :) ( )
  Iira | Oct 6, 2013 |
bookshelves: autumn-2013, one-penny-wonder, paper-read, published-2006, series, bedside, handbag-read
Read from September 07 to 18, 2013

One penny wonder, Lavenham

My cover has a decapitated green and white tour bus rolling along Princes Street, where the blurred backdrop is the castle.

Opening: He was lost. He wasn't used to being lost.


This has been my reward for busy days; a little Good Turn on the pillow, and snuck away for a glimpse of the odd delicious paragraph in the handbag.

this second concatenatic is slightly better than the first

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4* Case Histories
4* One Good Turn
  mimal | Sep 18, 2013 |
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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.
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Kate Atkinson began her career with a winner: Behind the Scenes at the Museum, which captured the Whitbread First Novel Award. She followed that success with four other books, the last of which was Case Histories, her first foray into the mystery-suspense-detective genre. In that book she introduced detective Jackson Brodie, who reopened three cold cases and ended up a millionaire. A great deal happened in-between.

In One Good Turn Jackson returns, following his girlfriend, Julia the actress, to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. He manages to fall into all kinds of trouble, starting with witnessing a brutal attack by "Honda Man" on another man stuck in a traffic jam. Is this road rage or something truly sinister? Another witness is Martin Canning, better known as Alex Blake, the writer. Martin is a shy, withdrawn, timid sort who, in a moment of unlikely action, flings a satchel at the attacker and spins him around, away from his victim. Gloria Hatter, wife of Graham, a millionaire property developer who is about to have all his secrets uncovered, is standing in a nearby queue with a friend when the attack takes place. There is nastiness afoot, and everyone is involved. Nothing is coincidental.

Through a labyrinthine plot which is hard to follow because the points of view are constantly changing, the real story is played out, complete with Russians, false and mistaken identities, dead bodies, betrayals, and all manner of violent encounters. Jackson gets pulled in to the investigation by Louise Monroe, a police detective and mother of an errant 14-year-old. There might be yet another novel to follow which will take up the connection those two forge in this book. Or, Jackson might just go back to France and feed apples to the local livestock.

Atkinson has written an enjoyable and lively story of no degrees of separation among the most unlikely cast of characters. Some plot lines have been left to drift, but it does hang together in a satisfying fashion. --Valerie Ryan

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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 draw him into a deadly conspiracy.

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