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Martina Cole - Author


Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama with more than twenty novels to her name, of which over a dozen have been No.1 bestsellers.

Several of Martina's novels have been adapted for the screen, including The Take and The Runaway which were shown on Sky 1 to remarkable reviews. In addition, Two Women and The Graft have been adapted for the stage; both were highly acclaimed when performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which also staged Dangerous Lady in 2012, celebrating twenty years since Martina's debut novel was published.

Martina Cole is a phenomenon. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold thirteen million copies. In 2011 Martina surpassed the £50 million sales mark since records began and was the first British female novelist for adult audiences to achieve this - and she has spent more weeks in the No. 1 slot on the original fiction bestseller list than any other adult novelist. Her hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing is in a genre all its own - no one writes like Martina.

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If you like Martina Cole you might also like to read books by Lynda La Plante, Mandasue Heller and Jake Arnott.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Martina Cole

Betrayal by Martina Cole
Betrayal
Martina Cole
Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds along leaving you breathless and probably shattered. We are introduced...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2017
Dangerous Lady by Martina Cole
Dangerous Lady
Martina Cole
Dangerous Lady is the iconic first novel by Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole which catapulted her to fame and made her the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian). This special 25th anniversary hardback edition is a must for fans...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/02/2017
Betrayal by Martina Cole
Betrayal
Martina Cole
One of our Books of the Year 2016. Martina Cole’s twenty-third East End thriller is as raw and involved as one has come to expect. With huge family betrayals and some very nasty goings-on indeed. It fair pounds along leaving...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/10/2016
Get Even by Martina Cole
Get Even
Martina Cole
Martina does it again with another wonderful, gritty tale of violent men, dirty deeds, “family” and London’s East End gangland. It stars Sharon Conway through two marriages and eventually off into what could easily become a sequel. In a smartly...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/06/2016
Get Even by Martina Cole
Get Even
Martina Cole
One of our Books of the Year 2015. October 2015 Book of the Month. Martina does it again with another wonderful, gritty tale of violent men, dirty deeds, “family” and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/12/2015
The Good Life by Martina Cole
The Good Life
Martina Cole
June 2015 Book of the Month. The Good Life is an audacious, irresistible love story snuggling up to a ferocious crime drama. Unless you've not read a Martina Cole novel before, you...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/05/2015
The Good Life by Martina Cole
The Good Life
Martina Cole
October 2014 Book of the Month. Criminally Good: The new novel from the phenomenal No.1 bestseller. The best things in life are never free... especially if you are already married and fall...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/10/2014
Revenge by Martina Cole
Revenge
Martina Cole
If you can stomach the language and have a penchant for the dark underbelly of the criminal world then this roller-coaster read is for you. Shockingly brutal, with a series of vicious twists and turns, Martina’s latest book combines a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/04/2014
Revenge by Martina Cole
Revenge
Martina Cole
If you can stomach the language and have a penchant for the dark underbelly of the criminal world then this roller-coaster read is for you. Shockingly brutal, with a series of vicious twists and turns, Martina’s latest book combines a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/10/2013
The Life by Martina Cole
The Life
Martina Cole
No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole's new novel is an unputdownable read with all the hallmarks which make her books so utterly unforgettable - shocking, hard-hitting, haunting and completely riveting.
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/05/2013
The Life by Martina Cole
The Life
Martina Cole
No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole's new novel is an unputdownable read with all the hallmarks which make her books so utterly unforgettable - shocking, hard-hitting, haunting and completely riveting.
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/09/2012
The Faithless by Martina Cole
The Faithless
Martina Cole
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 17 November 2011. October 2011 Book of the Month. The exciting new novel from the phenomenal No. 1 bestselling author is a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/10/2011
Graft by Martina Cole
Graft
Martina Cole
The indisputable queen of the violent, gritty, gangland thriller which, although concentrates on the woman’s view of this seedy underworld, I wholeheartedly recommend her to the male reader too. Just try her, she’s got something special.Comparison: Sheila...
Format: Paperback (a Format) - Released: 11/11/2010
The Family by Martina Cole
The Family
Martina Cole
Shortlisted for the Galaxy Crime & Thriller of the Year Award 2011. Devastatingly powerful and utterly unforgettable, Martina Cole’s The Family will hook you in from the very first page, and keep you there through to the very last. As...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/10/2010
Hard Girls by Martina Cole
Hard Girls
Martina Cole
Like Martina Cole; read Mark Timlin. The effervescent Martina Cole has established a new genre of empowered, strong female-led crime books that has taken her to the top of the bestseller liosts, but she is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/04/2010
Hard Girls by Martina Cole
Hard Girls
Martina Cole
This year's Martina Cole offering follows DCI Annie Carr and retired Kate Burrows on the case of a serial killer who is brutally murdering prostitutes. A gritty thriller from this bestselling author.
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2009
The Take by Martina Cole
The Take
Martina Cole
A 2012 World Book Night selection. Tough ladies dominate Martina’s gangland thrillers, ladies strong enough to stand up to violent men in a shady world …. most of the time. This is Martina’s twelfth East End, hard-hitting novel of grit,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/04/2009
The Business by Martina Cole
The Business
Martina Cole
Longlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2010. Martina Cole was shortlisted for the Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Bestseller Dagger 2009. Tough women in the tough world of London’s East End...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/02/2009
The Business by Martina Cole
The Business
Martina Cole
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 13 November 2008. Another gem from the queen of gritty East End crime novels. Set at the end of the 70’s and moving up to the present day following...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2008
Faces by Martina Cole
Faces
Martina Cole
In her fourteenth gangland thriller Martina Cole is just as gritty and gripping as in her previous novels. This story takes us from the violent streets of the seventies through to the present day, following fourteen year old Danny’s journey...
Format: Hardback - Released: 04/10/2007
The Take by Martina Cole
The Take
Martina Cole
Tough ladies dominate Martinaâs gangland thrillers, ladies strong enough to stand up to violent men in a shady world …. most of the time. This is Martinaâs twelfth East End, hard-hitting novel of grit, blood and passion. She writes in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/10/2005

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