One Good Turn
By Kate Atkinson
(Back Bay Books, Paperback, 9780316012829, 448pp.)
Publication Date: September 2007
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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.