One Good Turn (Jackson Brodie) Paperback – 2 Jul 2007
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"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)
The second Jackson Brodie novel (after Case Histories) - literary crime from the number one bestselling Kate Atkinson.See all Product Description
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In the main plot line, an Edinburgh automobile accident leaves "Paul Bradley," a mysterious man and innocent victim, at the mercy of a crazed, baseball bat-wielding Honda driver. A witness, Martin Canning, the timid writer of Nina Riley mystery stories, reacts instinctively to the impending carnage, hurling his laptop at the Honda driver and saving "Paul Bradley" from certain death. A second set of characters revolves around Graham Hatter, the wealthy developer of Hatter Homes, who is in trouble for bribery, money laundering, and fraud in the building of cheap tract houses.
Jackson Brodie, former cop and private investigator, in Edinburgh for a drama festival in which his girlfriend is involved, introduces a third plot line when he discovers a woman's body on the rocks beside the ocean. It washes out to sea, nearly drowning him when he tries to retrieve it. Sgt. Louise Monroe, who lives in one of the Hatter Homes and whose son is a petty thief, is assigned to investigate the report of the body Brodie claims to have seen.Read more ›
I just love her work and would urge any reader who:
a. likes this type of novel that tells a great story,
b. enjoys laughing out loud,
c. is prepared when doing b., at 2 in the morning, to risk and endure a severe rollicking from a woken spouse...,
to try her out.
For me, a pensioner living in France on a rubbish pension made worse by the exchange rate, there are no regrets about buying all her works. I'll cut down on wine but not on books that I enjoy so much that I can reread them a month later with as much or more pleasure.
Keep on writin' Kate.
It's a great story with plenty of twists and turns and I'd really recommend it.
Beginning with a road rage incident that unfolds before an assortment of people queuing for an Edinburgh Festival event, the plot unravels the connections between these people and a millionaire property developer who is lying, close to death, in the intensive care unit of Edinburgh Infirmary. How he got there is for you to read.
There is a good balance of horrific and comical moments in this book. There are also some neat little thought provokers such as that which stems out of the cliché, "as dead as a doornail." Why a doornail? Can death be comparative? How could anything be deader than anything else? Et cetera.
Eventually, the backgrounds are all complete, the strands of the plot are all neatly entwined and there are no remaining loose ends.
Kate Atkinson has a unique style, which she applies to this over-subscribed genre. I like the style and I enjoyed the story, so I would recommend it to most of my friends. There are a few who would not enjoy it, as it is a matter of taste. To the reader of this review, I would say, just try it.
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A fine writer with a ready wit. I did laugh out loud! However this is not a comedy it is a complicated crime with a well draw list of characters who appear randomly as the plot... Read morePublished 6 hours ago by susan walton
Came late to Kate Atkinson and in particular Jackson Brodie. Great books - vivid characters and wonderful writing full of superb turns of phrase. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Mr Robert Caldwell
A good read with lots of twists and turns. Jackson is a very likeable character - want to read the other two books in the series. Just hope he gets a romantic ending!!!Published 1 month ago by Carol from Yorkshire
2nd of series. Great but complex story. Easy to read. Didn't guess the end.Published 2 months ago by MS A BIRKS
This is a brilliant book. I read it on holiday and am working my way through the series of 'Jackson Brodie' books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bookworm