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One good turn
Atkinson, Kate.
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Starred Review. A crowd on a busy street at Edinburgh's famous Fringe Festival witness a brutal crime. Downes has the task of portraying half a dozen characters who become entangled in the complex aftermath of what looks at first like a straightforward assault. A master of dialect, Downes portrays several characters from different classes and locales in England and Scotland with apparent ease. He also takes on, with gusto, the voice of a mysterious Russian woman. Exceptionally well performed is the voice of Martin Canning, a successful crime writer whose sleuth is decidedly more masculine than his creator. Downes has a firm grip on the swings in Martin's personality: he is by turns frightened and apologetic, yet cunning and secretive. Best known for his role in the British television series Babylon 5, Downes uses Atkinson's novel to display his range. He is aided by the seamlessly abridged text of a delightful crime novel that refuses to let the characters be merely victims or victimizers. For audio enthusiasts, this is a "must hear." (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Det. Jackson Brodie of Atkinson's first crime novel, Case Histories, returns to Edinburgh during the annual summer arts festival. He is witness to an act of road rage that results in a collision of this murder mystery's central cast. Terrence Smith rear-ends hit-man Paul Bradley, then proceeds to mash Paul to a pulp with a baseball bat until bystander and crime novelist Martin Canning ends the violence by throwing his laptop at Terrence. The witnesses include Julia, a girlfriend of Jackson's; Gloria, the wife of fraudulent realtor Graham Hatter, who spends most of the novel in the hospital, unconscious following a heart attack; and Archie, the young son of policewoman Louise Monroe, who both live in one of Graham's "Real Homes for Real People." Narrator Steven Crossley's apt reading convincingly portrays men, women, and children, Scots and Brits. Highly recommended.-Sandy Glover, Camas P.L., WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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