One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
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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.
 

About Kate Atkinson

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Kate Atkinson lives in Edinburgh. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, was named Whitbread Book of the Year in the U.K. in 1995, and was followed by Human Croquet, Emotionally Weird, Not the End of the World and Case Histories.
 
Published October 11, 2006 by Little, Brown and Company. 433 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Gloria Hatter, wife of fraudulent property-developer Graham Hatter (of Hatter Homes, Real Homes for Real People);

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The characters in Kate Atkinson’s new book, “One Good Turn,” are a wee bit out of place in Edinburgh, where the story unfolds.

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The New York Times

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In Kate Atkinson’s literary thrillers, even the innocent bystanders aren’t so innocent.

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The Guardian

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One Good Turn: A Jolly Murder Mystery by Kate Atkinson (Doubleday £17.99, pp400) So He Takes the Dog by Jonathan Buckley (Fourth Estate £10.99, pp336) In his 1946 essay 'Decline of the English Murder', George Orwell laments the death of the suburban killer.

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The Guardian

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One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson 396pp, Doubleday, £17.99 Once best known for her Whitbread award-winning first novel Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson followed up three playful, picaresque family sagas with her hugely successful crime sortie, Case Histories.

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Publishers Weekly

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After Martin misses a visit from the Honda man (Martin's wonderfully annoying houseguest isn't so lucky), he enlists Jackson as a bodyguard, pulling the characters into closer orbit before they collide on Gloria Hatter's lawn.

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BC Books

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Kate Atkinson's One Good Turn is an amazing book with a deceptively simple title.

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Book Reporter

With her first novels --- particularly her Whitbread Award-winning BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE MUSEUM --- Kate Atkinson earned a well-deserved reputation for writing ambitious, witty literary fiction.

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AV Club

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Novelist Kate Atkinson took up mystery-writing with her fourth book, 2004's Case Histories, and her approach to the genre has been far from conventional.

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About.com

I could argue that the plot of One Good Turn involves too many intersections;

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About.com Bestsellers

ProsA fast-paced plot and intriguing twists keep the reader turning the pages.Excellent writing makes this book a standout.One Good Turn should appeal even to readers not normally fans of mystery or crime novels.ConsGraphic violence and a moderate amount of sex may turn off some readers.Descripti...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Detective Jackson Brodie (last seen in Kate Atkinson’s critically acclaimed Case Histories, 4 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2005 , where he came into some money) is whiling away his retirement in the French countryside, occasionally entertaining his girlfriend (and former client) Julia.

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Curious Book Fans

“Matryoshka is the word of the day”, says one of the characters in One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson, her second crime novel to feature Jackson Brodie.

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TimesUnion.com

He sees things that set the plot in motion: the novelist trying to stop the road-raged thug from beating a driver, the body of a dead Russian cleaning woman/prostitute on a rocky shoreline.

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TimeFinders Magazine

Although the book reintroduces former police inspector turned man-of-leisure millionaire Jackson Brodie and his aloof actress girlfriend Julia (who I didn’t like one bit but has a play running at the Festival which is why Brodie’s in Edinburgh) from Atkinson’s previous novel, Case Histories, you ...

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