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Author: Kate Atkinson
ISBN: 0385610769
Language: English
Pages: 400 pages
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Doubleday; Airport / Export ed edition (August 1, 2006)
Rating: 4.5
Formats: txt lit mbr lrf
FB2 size: 1636 kb | EPUB size: 1628 kb | DJVU size: 1990 kb
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Also by kate atkinson. Not the End of the World.

Also by kate atkinson. He ended up in the dirty heart of the city, on a street that somehow seemed to be on a lower level than the rest of the town, a blackened urban ravine.

One Good Turn (subtitled A Jolly Murder Mystery) is a 2006 crime novel by Kate Atkinson set in Edinburgh during the Festival

One Good Turn (subtitled A Jolly Murder Mystery) is a 2006 crime novel by Kate Atkinson set in Edinburgh during the Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a brutal road rage incident - an incident that changes the lives of everyone involved. It is the second novel to feature former private investigator Jackson Brodie and is set two years after the earlier Case Histories.

It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival  . I like how we discover so much about the characters in this novel. If there is more, beyond the usual 3-D for characters, then it is definitely found in this novel. In just a few sentences we receive a great deal of information about the characters, but Ms Atkinson doesn’t stop there.

Justine Jordan enjoys Kate Atkinson's excursion to Edinburgh, One Good Turn. 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. A masterly orchestration of random violence and domestic heartbreak, it featured the requisite grizzled private eye with a troubled private life and a taste for country singers; in a combination of critic and text intriguing enough to well deserve its place among the back-cover blurbs, Stephen King considered it "the best mystery of the decade".

The first Kate Atkinson book I read was one I picked up haphazardly off a library shelf, because "Life After Life" (the one I was looking for) was missing. This turned out to be the third in the Jackson Brodie series, and I was hooked. Delighted to go back and read the first two later. One Good Turn" is the second in the series, and like the others, the best thing about it for me is how Atkinson gets inside the heads of the characters, and seems to be portraying people we might well encounter ourselves.

The title of Kate Atkinson’s novel, One Good Turn, could describe the way that one character’s Good Samaritan behavior leads to him being robbed, mistakenly identified as a murder victim, and more. His is only one of several plot threads this novel, which is a suspenseful journey through the underworld of Edinburgh. One Good Turn certainly deserves the attention of readers looking for a novel that’s superbly-crafted and beautifully-written. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

With Case Histories, Kate Atkinson showed how brilliantly she could explore the crime . As ever with Atkinson what each one actually discovers is their true self. One Good Turn (book) - For other uses of the term, see One Good Turn (disambiguation).

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. Unputdownable and triumphant, One Good Turn is a sharply intelligent read that is also percipient, funny, and totally satisfying. One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw is a book published in 2000 by Canadian architect, professor and writer Witold Rybczynski.

Hadn’t Sutherland said he was on holiday? He handed Martin his key, barely looking up from the Evening News that was spread out on the cheap veneer of the reception counter. ariously from the edge of his lip. Do you remember me?. Do you know who I am? The night porter tore himself away from the newspaper, an inch of ash dropped from his cigarette. He glanced up at Martin and then, as if seeing nothing of interest, returned to his paper

It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - a near-homicidal attack which changes the lives of everyone involved. The fourth novel featuring Jackson Brodie from the N. bestselling author of When Will There Be Good News?, winner of Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year A day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.

Comments (7)
Nidor
I have just finished this novel and thought it was a lovely gem of storytelling, complex and rich in plot and character. Some reader/reviewers here have complained about the coincidences in the book, saying they were unlikely and implausible. I disagree and think that life is, indeed, full of such coincidences and strange occurrences and associations; the "six degrees of separation" is one popular example. There are coincidences in this book but they do not seem false or contrived; they just seem to make for a puzzle, a maze, complexity that is similar to "real life." It is a novel, however, and not a "true crime" or non-fiction work; the author has license and liberty to tell a story and reveal characters, and Atkinson does both with great skill and talent. I loved the characters for their rich lives of delicate fragility and tough complexity. Like many - and unlike the author, as one learns in the interview that is printed in the back of the paperback copy that she did with Nancy Pearl - I like Jackson Brodie, but I really liked the character, Reggie Chase - a sixteen year old girl, an orphan and a tough, delicate "lost soul" who reminded me of some of my favorite characters in favorite novels (Scout, Frankie Adams, et al.) Louise Monroe, is an interesting character, but a very annoying one, to me anyway, and I was troubled by the way she treated her husband - and yet it's her character and I'm just there to read and fall into the story. This is top-notch writing, a very engaging and interesting story, and a complex mystery, in that order. The writing is lovely and more sophisticated than most "mysteries", although this novel is more than an example of that genre. Great enjoyable fall into great story and characters. I would give it as a gift and read it again - there's some praise.
Rocky Basilisk
Several years ago when I worked in the entertainment industry, I learned never to trust one of those tag lines that you see on the cover of a book. I’m referring to something like:

“An awesome read! I couldn’t put it down!” - John Grisham

Usually you see this on books by authors who aren’t household names. I discovered that 99% of these were fake. I had authors tell me themselves that they never read these books that were hyped with their name splattered over the front cover. It was all a publishing ploy to sell more books.

Well, this book was a bit different. This author (who has only been widely known in some circles for only the last couple of years) was highly touted by none other than Stephen King. King has even gone out of his way in several interviews to praise this author and much of her work. After reading this, my first book by her, I’m not surprised that Stephen King holds her in such high regard. She is amazing. Her prose is very similar to King’s. She has a way of hooking the reader in - regardless of the topic, and proceeds to be very clever and witty, and manages to emulate an occasional guffaw from the reader even the overall atmosphere of the book might be a bit gloomy.

In this case, it’s a lot more than a “bit” gloomy. This book is very gloomy (hence the title). Yet most of the ugliness has happened in these characters’ past as opposed to the present situation as we’re reading about them. This book focuses on four key individuals living somewhere in Scotland. Their lives may have crossed each others’ path in a small way, but as a reader, you’re unaware of this until well into the book. At first, it seems as though you’re reading four different stories rolled into one novel.

These people in these different stories have had pretty rough experiences during their lives. I couldn’t keep up with all of the bad stuff that happened to these pour souls - from kidnapping to cancer, deadbeat dads to delinquent kids. It’s all here. Yet Atkinson somehow keeps the mood lighter than one would expect and, more importantly, interesting enough to where you really can’t wait to find out what happens yet.

It’s a bit unnecessary to describe the actual plot of this book. Yes, we do eventually find out there is actually a plot, but it’s not the story in and of itself that’s done so well, but rather the dialog and the intricacies of the characters and how they all interact with one another (think of a Robert Altman movie such as “Nashville” or “Gosford Park”). I wouldn’t mind reading another book that features many of these same people featured in this book(I think one of them actually does appear in several pieces by the author), but she simply does a magnificent job at telling a tale, that I’m betting I would easily enjoy more, if not all of her works.

Although, as I mentioned, her style is very similar to Stephen Kings’, keep in mind that I’m referring to style of her actual prose. There are some things that King does that many (including me) find hard to stomach some time. Things such as his “disgusting” factor, and his belief that every person on the entire planet uses about 200 four-letter words in every five minute conversation. So, fortunately, things such as that are not present within these pages.

Happiness is discovering an awesome new author. Thank you, Ms. Atkinson, for your brilliant book.
Uscavel
I mistakenly thought I'd previously read, and enjoyed, a Jackson Brodie book. Wrong on both counts. This was my first exposure to him, and to the author. This just did not do it for me. Usually I'm fine with the multiple characters with multiple story lines that initially don't seem to connect, so that wasn't the problem. Too many of the characters were sad-sacks or eeyores. Their respective story lines were sloooooooow, and really didn't evolve or develop even after pages and pages and chapters and chapters. I finally gave up without finishing, which I don't do lightly.
Ese
This was my favorite of the four books in the Jackson Brodie saga, although they are all great!! I somehow read them in the wrong order the first time around and missed this one completely, then went back and read them all again in order, and loved them just as much the second time around. I also recommended Case Histories to my book club, and several people are now reading through the series. Although there are references in the later books to characters from the previous stories, it's not a problem as each book stands alone very well.

The characters in all of the books are all very well developed, and the story lines are fascinating with their twists and turns and random connections. I like the way that then endings seem true to life and do not always give compete resolution, but do not leave us hanging. A great read and highly recommended!
shustrik
Kate Atkinson is one of the few fiction writers that both my husband and I enjoy, and this is classic Atkinson: literary and literate, English, complex, layered, and violent. It is fun to pick out the various literary and pop culture references. My husband laughs out loud at the snark, and I ignore the cheap shots at Americans and other former colonials. There were a lot of loose ends in this book, though. Franz Kafka meets Mario Puza meets Guy Ritchie with a little Sherman Alexie thrown in.