One Good Turn

A Novel
By Kate Atkinson (Trade Paperback, 2007)
"Atkinson's bright voice rings on every page, and her sly and wry observations move the plot as swiftly as suspense turns the pages of a thriller."-San Francisco Chronicle

Two years after the events of Case Histories left him a retired millionaire, Jackson Brodie has followed Julia, his occasional girlfriend and former client, to Edinburgh for its famous summer arts festival. But when he witnesses a man being brutally attacked in a traffic jam - the apparent victim of an extreme case of road rage - a chain of events is set in motion that will pull the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a timid but successful crime novelist, and a hardheaded female police detective into Jackson's orbit. Suddenly out of retirement, Jackson is once again in the midst of several mysteries that intersect in one giant and sinister scheme.
"Compelling and always entertaining." -USA Today

"One Good Turn crackles with energy and imagination." -Chicago Tribune

"Atkinson's tart prose sparkles." -Entertainment Weekly

"Entertaining both as a murder mystery and as a sprawling multi-character study in the best post-Nashville tradition." -The Onion

"A remarkable feat of storytelling bravado." -Washington Post
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.00 US

    • ISBN-13: 9780316012829

    • On Sale Date: 09/10/2007

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

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"Atkinson's bright voice rings on every page, and her sly and wry observations move the plot as swiftly as suspense turns the pages of a thriller."-San Francisco Chronicle

Two years after the events of Case Histories left him a retired millionaire, Jackson Brodie has followed Julia, his occasional girlfriend and former client, to Edinburgh for its famous summer arts festival. But when he witnesses a man being brutally attacked in a traffic jam - the apparent victim of an extreme case of road rage - a chain of events is set in motion that will pull the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a timid but successful crime novelist, and a hardheaded female police detective into Jackson's orbit. Suddenly out of retirement, Jackson is once again in the midst of several mysteries that intersect in one giant and sinister scheme.
"Compelling and always entertaining." -USA Today

"One Good Turn crackles with energy and imagination." -Chicago Tribune

"Atkinson's tart prose sparkles." -Entertainment Weekly

"Entertaining both as a murder mystery and as a sprawling multi-character study in the best post-Nashville tradition." -The Onion

"A remarkable feat of storytelling bravado." -Washington Post

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.
  • "Compelling and always entertaining. . . . Atkinson is a restrained, perceptive writer skilled at telling stories from multiple and hugely diverse points of view, making a crusty female police officer every bit as believable as her socially challenged teenage son. Her prose is piercing, lucid and perceptive." (USA Today).

  • "Readers of Ms. Atkinson's previous book, Case Histories, know just how adept she is at manipulating multiple story lines...In the past Ms. Atkinson has played the minor time trick of letting events almost converge and then replaying them from slightly different points of view. She does that here to the same smart, unnerving effect." (New York Times).

  • "Kate Atkinson is an absolute must-read. I love everything she writes."

  • "I am an enormous fan of Kate Atkinson's. One thing I've said about her is that she abides by Henry James's maxim: the first task of the novel is to be interesting. She's gotten better and better at it, too -- her plots are rollicking and engaging, flawlessly constructed, filled with hooks and secrets. That she's able to pull that off with characters who are real and sympathetic, who are involved in moving entanglements, is a little miracle."

  • "In One Good Turn, Kate Atkinson takes on the novelist's most formidable challenge --coincidence. And because she's Kate Atkinson -- brilliant, nervy, equally interested in character and story --it works beautifully. It's my contention that you have to love and understand something in order to transform it, and this meta-meditation on duality, crime, and crime novels is a knowing tribute to the very genre that Atkinson is helping to reinvent."

  • (Library Journal).

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One Good Turn
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.00 US
  • Pages: 448
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9780316012829
  • On Sale Date: 09/10/2007
One Good Turn