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One Good Turn : Jackson Brodie : Book 2 - Kate Atkinson

One Good Turn

Jackson Brodie : Book 2


Published: 3rd September 2007
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Kate Atkinson's brilliant new novel, bringing back Jackson Brodie from the bestselling CASE HISTORIES.

It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander - until he becomes a suspect.

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. Like a set of Russian dolls each thread of the narrative reveals itself to be related to the last. Her Dickensian cast of characters are all looking for love or money and find it in surprising places. As ever with Atkinson what each one actually discovers is their true self.

Unputdownable and triumphant, ONE GOOD TURN is a sharply intelligent read that is also percipient, funny, and totally satisfying.

Reading Group Book Questions

  1. What do you think is the significance of the title?
  2. Were you surprised when you learned who had hired Ray, the assassin?
  3. Why do you think the author used the imagery of crumbling homes, particularly during Louise Monroe's narrative?
  4. What connection is there between Martin's experience on his trip to Russia and the way he behaves at the end of One Good Turn?
  5. Why do you think Jackson gets as involved as he does in the case of the dead woman?
About The Author

Kate Atkinson’s most recent novel, When Will There Be Good News? was voted Richard & Judy Book Best Read of the Year. After Case Histories and One Good Turn, it was her third novel to feature the former private detective Jackson Brodie, who makes a welcome return in Started Early, Took My Dog. She won the Whitbread Book of the Year prize for her first novel, Behind the Scenes at the Museum, and has been a critically acclaimed international bestselling author ever since.

"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 *

Kate Atkinson

Kate Atkinson won the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year prize with her first novel, Behind The Scenes At The Museum and has been a critically acclaimed international author ever since.

Her bestselling novels featuring the former private detective Jackson Brodie, Case Histories, One Good Turn, When Will There Be Good News? and Started Early, Took My Dog , have been adapted into a successful BBC TV series starring Jason Isaacs. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

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ISBN: 9780552772440
ISBN-10: 0552772445
Series: Jackson Brodie
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 3rd September 2007
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1