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Publisher's Summary

In the brilliant new literary thriller by the award-winning author of Case Histories, Jackson Brodie, adored single-dad detective, is caught in a web of mystery following a grisly attack in the street. Two years after the events of Case Histories, which left him a retired millionaire with an occasional girlfriend in Julia, a former client, Jackson has followed her to Edinburgh for its famous summer festival. The incident of road rage he happens to witness sets in motion a chain of events that will pull a wealthy almost-widow, a timid crime novelist, and a female police detective into Jackson's orbit.
©2006 Kate Atkinson. All Rights Reserved (P)2006 Hachette Audio. All Rights Reserved
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Critic Reviews

"Atkinson hits the jackpot again, putting her skill with complex plots to excellent use, in a literary mystery infused with her characteristic quirk and verve." (Atlantic Monthly)
"[With] crackling one-liners, spot-on set pieces, and full-blooded cameos...this [is yet] another absorbing character study from the versatile, effervescent Atkinson." (Publishers Weekly)
"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)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne-Marie on 05-01-11

Abriged

I did not notice that this was abridged when I downloaded it. Having just finished listening to Atkinson's wonderfully vibrant Case Histories, I couldn't believe how dull the characters in this book were and how flat the story. Then I noticed the word "abridged." I checked out the full length book on CD from my local library, downloaded it and listened. You want to know how they cut an almost 11 hour story down to 5? They take out all character development. You know, the stuff that make you care about the characters? Their history, the things that allow you to become emotionally engaged...This is a great story and the narration, both the abridged and unabridged, are spot on.

I won't be fooled again. Avoid the abridged version like the plague.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Victoria on 01-11-12

The Cliff Notes version

Kate Atkinson is a wonderful writer and I've listened to all her other books. But this abridgement eliminates the richness of the writing, leaving behind only a fast-forward series of plot elements. Not worth the money.

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16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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