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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. Unputdownable and triumphant, One Good Turn is a sharply intelligent read that is also percipient, funny, and totally satisfying.
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The second Jackson Brodie novel (after Case Histories) - literary crime from the number one bestselling Kate Atkinson.

About the Author

Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her 2013 novel Life After Life won the South Bank Sky Arts Literature Prize, was shortlisted for the Women's Prize, voted Book of the Year for the independent booksellers associations on both sides of the Atlantic. It also won the Costa Novel Award, as did her new novel A God in Ruins (2015). She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List, and was voted Waterstones UK Author of the Year at the 2013 Specsavers National Book Awards.

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Det. Jackson Brodie of Atkinson's first crime novel, Case Histories, returns to Edinburgh during the annual summer arts festival. He is witness to an act of road rage that results in a collision of this murder mystery's central cast. Terrence Smith rear-ends hit-man Paul Bradley, then proceeds to mash Paul to a pulp with a baseball bat until bystander and crime novelist Martin Canning ends the violence by throwing his laptop at Terrence. The witnesses include Julia, a girlfriend of Jackson's; Gloria, the wife of fraudulent realtor Graham Hatter, who spends most of the novel in the hospital, unconscious following a heart attack; and Archie, the young son of policewoman Louise Monroe, who both live in one of Graham's "Real Homes for Real People." Narrator Steven Crossley's apt reading convincingly portrays men, women, and children, Scots and Brits. Highly recommended.-Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"An absolute joy to read...the pleasure of One Good Turn lies in the ride, in Atkinson's wry, unvanquished characters, her swooping, savvy, sarcastic prose and authorial joie de vivre." * Guardian * "Atkinson is frequently very funny...while the tone stays light, the plot continues to darken....manages to be that rarest of things - a good literary novel and a cracking holiday read" * Observer * "Atkinson, while having fun with the murder-mystery genre, slyly slips us a muted tragedy" * Sunday Telegraph * "One Good Turn is the most fun I've had with a novel this year" -- IAN RANKIN * Guardian * "Thrillingly addictive...In One Good Turn Atkinson proves quite unique in her ability to fuse emotional drama and thriller...Imagine a Richard Curtis film scripted by Raymond Chandler, both a little enlivened by the collaboration...The mix is embodied by Brodie. Like all good detectives, he is a hero for men and women alike" * The Times *

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