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One Good Turn

By Kate Atkinson

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| Hardcover | 9780385608008

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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 bys Continue

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.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    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, wh ...(continue)

    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.

    ¡¡WIMP WHACKS WOOD-WIELDING WANKER!!

    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

    musical backdrop

    4* Case Histories
    4* One Good Turn
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    Bettie said on Sep 18, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    For a good 100 pages I was wondering what was going to happen as all characters had already been described in good detail, then something happened and I couldn't stop reading. I liked the descriptions and the story, even though I was shocked in two s ...(continue)

    For a good 100 pages I was wondering what was going to happen as all characters had already been described in good detail, then something happened and I couldn't stop reading. I liked the descriptions and the story, even though I was shocked in two specific parts of it.

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    PJ Daphne said on Oct 30, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    «Jackson didn't like change, he liked to think things could stay the same for ever. Change was insidious, creeping up on you as if it was playing a game of statues.»

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    Claire N. said on Jun 7, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    How does Kate Atkinson do this? She takes three different genres -literary, detective and humorous fiction - puts them in a bag, shakes them together and ends up with a book you can neither classify nor put down.

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    Lunarossa said on May 17, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Someone said it is much more than a crime novel and I agree, yet I found it in some parts boring and the plot is highly predictable... Disappointing

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    kaina said on Jun 30, 2010 | Add your feedback

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