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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2006
“This is a detective novel packed with more wit, insight, and subtlety than an entire shelf full of literary fiction… the plot is an incidental pleasure in a book crammed with quirky humour and cogent reflections on contemporary life…. Highly recommended reading.” — Marie Claire (5/5 Stars)
“[Atkinson] writes like an angel and her sense of humor is wed firmly to her formidable intelligence… a wonderful read…. I remain utterly impressed by Kate Atkinson. I’ll definitely be reading anything else she cares to publish.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“The suspense ratchets up quickly and palpably, as surely as when the doctor experiments with different settings for your new pacemaker. . . . One Good Turn is full of a zippy satire that provides a smooth skating surface for the reader to whiz through. This is clean, purposeful prose that drives the plot, wickedly funny in places, sometimes quietly insightful and fairly faithful to the traditional mystery form. Atkinson’s novel is like something her detective might drink in the wee hours after knocking around the docks, something straight up with a twist.” —The Globe and Mail
“One Good Turn is the most fun I’ve had with a novel this year.”–Ian Rankin, in the Guardian (UK)
“Thrillingly addictive. . . . In One Good Turn Atkinson proves quite unique in her ability to fuse emotional drama and thriller. She is so successful that it is surprising this has not been attempted more often (although it takes a writer of extraordinary range to bring it off).”–The Times (UK)
“One Good Turn is 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 (UK)
“In One Good Turn, . . . the deft and tricky British author Kate Atkinson shows again, in her inimitable bleakly funny way, how much easier it is to explain a death than to solve a life.” –The New York Times Book Review
“One Good Turn . . . demonstrates that no good deed goes unpunished, often violently. A fender-bender outside a comedy performance initiates a run of multiple murders, enlivened by comic set pieces.”–The Village Voice (A Favourite Book of 2006)
“Crackling one-liners, spot-on set pieces and full-blooded characters help make this another absorbing character study from the versatile, effervescent Atkinson.” — Publishers Weekly
“[Atkinson has a] knack for psychological portraiture and dark humor… Paradoxically, murder has given her a framework that helps liberate her insights on the living, as the lurking presence of corpses reminds readers there are worse offenses than bad parenting and worse fates than unhappy marriages…. Atkinson knows that the line between victim and tormentor can be blurry and that survivors sometimes have good reasons for guilt…. Astutely, Atkinson has noticed that the high-tech lifestyle has given rise to a high-tech deathstyle that makes the old props of detective fiction — fingerprints, dusting powder, alibis — as passé as a fedora.” —The New York Times
“Perhaps the most consummately all-round book of the year is Kate Atkinson’s One Good Turn, a marvelous thriller so beautifully written you’d stop to admire the prose if you weren’t so busy page-turning…. It features a killer most writers would die for, and a plot that touches genius. It’s unalloyed pleasure from first to last.” — The Scotsman
“In [Atkinson’s] skilful hands, the occasionally grisly story that unfolds amid the festivities often has a surprisingly humorous, almost lighthearted spirit…. These characters are complex, being by turns philosophical, cranky, melancholy, bemused, and confused…. Atkinson provides some surprising denouements as she deftly twists the convergent narrative threads into one vivid tapestry.” —Vancouver Sun
"This is a detective novel packed with more wit, insight, and subtlety than an entire shelf full of literary fiction… the plot is an incidental pleasure in a book crammed with quirky humour and cogent reflections on contemporary life…. Highly recommended reading.” — Marie Claire (5/5 Stars)
"Atkinson’s 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
“Atkinson is a restrained, perceptive writer skilled at telling stories from multiple and hugely diverse points of view… Her prose is piercing, lucid and perceptive.” USA Today
“Acerbic, eccentric, and maddeningly perverse, she is a writer I always read with my heart in my mouth, as if watching a trapeze artist perform a high-wire act between cockiness and courage. Here, as in Case Histories, she is splendid at the stuff of people’s lives… Her observations about Edinburgh are easily as funny as Alexander McCall Smith’s, though less benign.” — The Independent
“Atkinson endows her cast with a fascinating richness of life. . . . Whatever she does is done to the highest of literary standards. She has produced an engrossing, enjoyable, complex novel packed with intriguing characters, vividly imagined scenes and a compelling plot.”
–Times Literary Supplement (UK)
“Atkinson is best at the quiet desperation of middle-aged marriages, and characters revealed by the intricacies of a plot that exploits flashbacks and missed connections. Atkinson, while having fun with the murder-mystery genre, slyly slips us a muted tragedy.”
–The Telegraph (UK)
“It doesn’t really matter in which genre Atkison chooses to write. Her subject is always the irrecoverable loss of love and how best to continue living once you have glumly recognised that. . . . Her gift is in presenting this unnerving and subversive philosophy as a dazzling form of entertainment.”
–Sunday Times (UK)
“Atkinson is frequently very funny – the extracts from Martin’s Nina Blake novels, in particular, are a sustained comic highlight–but while the tone stays light, the plot continues to darken. . . . [One Good Turn is] that rarest of things–a good literary novel and a cracking holiday read.”
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About the Author
Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh. She has won several prizes for her short stories. Her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was then chosen as the overall 1995 Whitbread Book of the Year. She has written three further critically acclaimed novels: Human Croquet; Emotionally Weird; and Case Histories, and a collection of short stories, Not the End of the World.
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This multi layered plot full of intriguing twists, graphic violence and a bit of sexual tension kept me fascinated and maintained my interested till the last page. In the past I found it hard adapting to her style, has she mellowed or have I? This author is growing on me. Ms Atkinson's writing is gripping, full of satire and wickedly funny. Her strength is in her development of strong characters and masterfully orchestrated sagas.
The story opens with a car accident on a busy street in Edinburgh, triggering a case of road rage followed by strange events. When witnesses turn out to be connected to each other and more and more weird incidents come to light, we... the readers are slowly drawn into a multitude of exciting and complicated dramas.
This multi faceted story is told by the characters, recounting their experiences, the narration alternates between them as the story progresses back and forth in time. Ms Atkinson has masterfully tied all this information into a suspense filled novel.
Returning to the front scenes are: Jackson Brodie, the intrepid ex-private detective and Julia, the actress. We are also endowed with a rich cast of fascinating secondary characters. I am looking forward to reading the sequel.
A person we later know as an assassin stops short to avoid hitting someone and is in turn rear ended by a Honda, and, the driver of which is constantly referred to as Honda man, takes a baseball bat and goes after after the driver of the car in front.
Various people see the incident, but mild mannered mystery writer Martin Canning throws his laptop at Honda Man, thwarting his attempt to sriously hurt the driver of the other car.
From this incident we get involved with a range of poeple who are all in Edinburgh for different reasons. Some live there and others are there for the Fringe festival.
Martin feels somewhat responsible for the injured man and stays with him a a seedy hotel, the only rooms available due to the Festival.
We then meet ex police officer Jackson Brodie who also witnesses the incident, but his involvement here has to do with finding a dead body, which then gets lost.
In the middle of all of this are Graham and Gloria Hatter. he is an entrepreneur and owner of Hatter Homes.
The story moves back and forth between the different characters with characters turning up in the strangest places, which leads Jackson to state that there are no such things as coincidences, coincidences are puzzles waiting to be solved.
Police officer Louise is in the middle of it all.
The book takes place over four action packed days during the festival. each chapter goes back and forth between the different characters, and we do get some overlapping of event descriptions.Read more ›
I first met the character of Jackson Brodie in Ms. Atkinson's earlier book Case Histories. I was amazed how the author could take such seeming un-connected incidences and tie them together back to a missing child. She did not fail to amaze again. I sat riveted, page after page, waiting to see how these stories would pull together. I was not to be disappointed. The only part of the story I didn't like was the character of Julia. She was a wet noodle the whole way through. Then again, that's exactly how she was planned to appear. Sorry, can't say any more on that. This was a terrific story and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. And no, I didn't guess at the final outcomes of the various story lines. Right to the end, they were surprises.
When I purchased this book, I also purchased a copy of the next Jackson Brodie book When Will There be Good News? and am looking forward to reading it.
What does a Good Samaritan get for his trouble? In the case of 50-year-old Martin Canning, a second tier crime novelist who spends much time in wishful thinking, maybe a star in his crown but only a wealth of woes on this earth.
Set in Edinburgh, Scotland, our story opens with a crowd of people witnessing what appears to be a minor bumper bash but quickly turns ugly. The driver of one of the vehicles jumps from his car and brutally attacks the other driver with a baseball bat. Just as a perhaps fatal blow is about to be delivered, someone in the crowd tosses a laptop case which deflects the attacker's aim. The tosser is Martin.
For his life saving act, surely the most untoward thing he has ever done, Martin is robbed and worse.
The crowd is quick to disperse, leaving listeners to believe that is the end of them. Not at all. Atkinson's magic pen brings them back, weaves them throughout her narrative in surprising ways. While we never know what life may hold in store, this author leads us on a fascinating journey of what it might.
- Gail Cooke
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love how this author takes different characters and shows how their lives intertwine - good read with interesting charactersPublished 4 months ago by Big Momma
Kate Atkinson's inimical, parenthetical humour at full bore here. AND you get a good mystery and quirky, well-rounded characters. A great summer read.Published 16 months ago by A. Reader
Really enjoyed this. It was my first Kate Atkinson and I'll definitely read her again. Jackson Brodie is a terrific protagonist. Read morePublished on June 5 2013 by joanna noyes