A queue at the Edinburgh Festival witness a supposed act of “road rage” so begins a wonderfully convoluted plot with twists and turns, humour and surprises which, very satisfactorily, goes round and round. It is the second outing for Jackson Brodie (Case Histories being the first) and it is irresistible, really very good indeed. Intelligent, addictive, beautifully written and thrilling.
Similar this month: None.
Comparison: Charlotte Mendleson, Donna Tartt, Susanna Jones.
It is summer, it is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident – a near-homicidal attack which changes the lives of everyone involved: the wife of an unscrupulous property developer, a crime writer, a washed-up comedian. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander – until he becomes a murder suspect.
Stephen King called Case Histories ‘the best mystery of the decade’: One Good Turn sees the return of its irresistible hero Jackson Brodie. As the body count mounts, each character’s story contains a kernel of the next, like a set of nesting Russian dolls. Everyone in the teeming Dickensian cast is looking for love or money or redemption or escape: but what each actually discovers is their own true self.
'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.'
‘The most fun I've had with a novel this year'
Ian Rankin, Guardian (Books of the Year)
‘Delivers everything a good book should have. It's a fantastic detective story and a wonderful piece of writing…has taken the crime genre to another level’ Daily Express
'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.'
Publication date: 16/12/2006
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||16th December 2006|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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 writer ever since. Her four bestselling novels featuring former detective Jackson Brodie became the BBC television series Case Histories, starring Jason Isaacs. Her latest novel Life After Life was shortlisted for several prestigious literary prizes including the Women’s (formerly Orange) and the Costa Novel Prize. She was appointed MBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.Kate Atkinson was born in York and now lives in Edinburgh.More About Kate Atkinson