One Good Turn

One Good Turn

A Novel

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On a beautiful summer day, crowds lined up outside a theater witness a sudden act of extreme road rage: a tap on a fender triggers a nearly homicidal attack. Jackson Brodie, ex-cop, ex-private detective, new millionaire, is among the bystanders. The event thrusts Jackson into the orbit of the wife of an unscrupulous real estate tycoon, a washed-up comedian, a successful crime novelist, a mysterious Russian woman, and a female police detective. Each of them hiding a secret, each looking for love or money or redemption or escape, they all play a role in driving Jackson out of retirement and into the middle of several mysteries that intersect in one sinister scheme.
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ISBN: 9780316145015
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Alternative Title: 1 good turn


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Dec 22, 2016

(The second book in the Jackson Brodie series)

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Jun 26, 2016

I come to Kate Atkinson's crime novels by way of her amazing novel Life After Life. I love a well-written mystery and am so pleased to finally get into these books. Just the thing for hot summer days in the south: a contemporary UK crime wave.

Dec 27, 2015

Wow! I finished it in three days-a new record. It was such a good read!

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 22, 2015

It is said that one good turn deserves another; however, in this superbly crafted and beautifully written novel, good Samaritan behaviour results in our hero being robbed, mistakenly identified as a murder victim, and more. His is only one fo the several plot threads in a novel filled with disparate characters and Atkinson's savvy, sarcastic and humorous prose. She leaves you gaspoing for the next Jackson Brodie novel (which I refuse to call a mystery--since I don't read mysteries!--at least until now!)

Sep 30, 2014

To my surprise (I had not liked the only other Atkinson I'd read, Life After Life)
I enjoyed this novel greatly. Loved the writing, the humor and the ending.

SLS71 May 02, 2014

I don't get the love for this one. It was a mess that not even a little twist could save.

Sep 14, 2013

As with all of Kate Atkiinson's books, this was one good read! A real page turner, couldn't put it down until I had finished the whole thing! Kate Atkinson is one of my very favorite authors.

Aug 17, 2012

Loved the book. A Scottish Coen Brothers - quirky, funny with good pace. Great characters - where does she come up with them all? I liked this one better than Case Histories.

Jun 21, 2012

The first chapter was interesting but after that I couldn't keep going.

Mar 26, 2012

This story was as complex a mystery as the first in the series, "Case Histories". I was enjoying the way Atkinson was wrapping up all the many threads that composed the intricate tapestry of her book. I got to the last sentence, and the whole perspective of the book changed, just like the picture that can change from a young woman to an old woman depending on how it is viewed. It was breathtaking.

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