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Martina Cole - Author

About the 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.

Photograph © Charlotte Murphy

Featured books by Martina Cole

Dangerous Lady

Dangerous Lady

Author: Martina Cole Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her. But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness...

The Life

The Life

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2013

The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the No. 1 bestselling author. The Bailey brothers are gangsters determined to make their mark in the world. Peter and Daniel are chalk and cheese in many ways - Peter's calm exterior belies his ruthless nature, while Daniel's penchant for spectacular violence is legendary - but together they are unstoppable. From the late seventies they rule London's East End and, when their sons join the business, it seems that no one can touch the powerful Baileys. Although it's never easy at the top; there is always someone waiting to take you down - sometimes even those closest to you...Lena Bailey is determined to shield her youngest child Tania from the Life. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, Tania's eyes are opened to their world in a way that forces her to make an irrevocable choice that will determine her future. Martina Cole's gritty and gripping new novel is an unflinching portrait of a family torn apart by violence and betrayal, but ultimately bound by loyalty, by blood, and by a burning desire for revenge...It is a story of the Life, told as only Martina Cole can.

The Life

The Life

Author: Martina Cole Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/09/2012

The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the No. 1 bestselling author. The Bailey brothers are gangsters determined to make their mark in the world. Peter and Daniel are chalk and cheese in many ways - Peter's calm exterior belies his ruthless nature, while Daniel's penchant for spectacular violence is legendary - but together they are unstoppable. From the late seventies they rule London's East End and, when their sons join the business, it seems that no one can touch the powerful Baileys. Although it's never easy at the top; there is always someone waiting to take you down - sometimes even those closest to you...Lena Bailey is determined to shield her youngest child Tania from the Life. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, Tania's eyes are opened to their world in a way that forces her to make an irrevocable choice that will determine her future. Martina Cole's gritty and gripping new novel is an unflinching portrait of a family torn apart by violence and betrayal, but ultimately bound by loyalty, by blood, and by a burning desire for revenge...It is a story of the Life, told as only Martina Cole can.

Other books by Martina Cole

The Ladykiller A deadly thriller filled with shocking twists

The Ladykiller A deadly thriller filled with shocking twists

Author: Martina Cole Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/12/2018

Some killers look just like you and me. The 25th anniversary special edition of the iconic thriller, The Ladykiller, from No. 1 bestselling author and 'undisputed Queen of crime writing' (Erwin James) Martina Cole. Get inside the mind of a chilling killer and the only woman who can stop him with the first DI Kate Burrows novel. Includes a brand new introduction by bestselling author Peter James. He hides in plain sight. His victims wouldn't even notice the Grantley Ripper at first. But his attack on the daughter of a notorious gangster is about to propel him into the media spotlight. And soon his victims will no longer get out alive. She'll do anything to catch him. DI Kate Burrows is about to enter an investigation that will change her career and personal life forever. But she has no idea just what this killer is capable of, and how much she might be putting at risk to find him. Will she be able to get the better of him, or will he be her undoing?

No Mercy The brand new novel from the Queen of Crime

No Mercy The brand new novel from the Queen of Crime

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2018

No Mercy The brand new novel from the Queen of Crime

No Mercy The brand new novel from the Queen of Crime

Author: Martina Cole Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

The brand new novel from Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) Martina Cole. The biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina's unique and powerful novels have gripped their readers for twenty-five years, and include Dangerous Lady, The Take and Damaged.

Damaged

Damaged

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Damaged is the explosive new novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, and sees the return of her iconic heroine DCI Kate Burrows. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and the biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina's unique, powerful storytelling includes Dangerous Lady, The Ladykiller, Betrayal and many more. DCI Kate Burrows might be retired, but when the bodies of missing schoolgirls start turning up in Grantley, she's the first person DCI Annie Carr calls for help. Life for Kate and ex-gangster Patrick Kelly is thrown into chaos when his long lost son turns up out of the blue, bringing trouble with him. This new case could be just what Kate needs. But as the body count grows, Kate and Annie face a race against the clock. Without any clear leads, can they stop the killer before another schoolgirl dies?

Damaged

Damaged

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2017

The new novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, sees the return of her iconic detective heroine DI Kate Burrows. If you liked THE LADYKILLER, you'll love DAMAGED. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and the biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina's unique, powerful storytelling includes DANGEROUS LADY, THE TAKE, BETRAYAL and many more. When the bodies of missing schoolgirls start turning up, former DCI Kate Burrows is dragged out of retirement. A new Grantley serial killer is in town and DCI Annie Carr turns to Kate for help. She welcomes the distraction from her home life with former gangster, Patrick Kelly, whose long lost son has turned up out of the blue, bringing trouble with him. It soon becomes clear the killer is on their doorstep and as the body count grows, Kate and Annie face a race against the clock. But they have no real leads ... and there's more to these murders than meets the eye. Can Kate take the killer down before another schoolgirl dies?

Betrayal A gripping suspense thriller testing family loyalty

Betrayal A gripping suspense thriller testing family loyalty

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Betrayal by Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, author of DANGEROUS LADY, THE TAKE, GET EVEN and many more, is a gripping novel about the bonds that make - or break - a family. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian), Martina's unique, powerful storytelling will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell. Aiden O'Hara has been head of the family since he was kid, and he's going to keep it that way. Jade Dixon watches his back. Mother of his son, she's the one who makes him invincible. But Jade's been in the game a lot longer than Aiden. She knows no one's indestructible. And when you're at the top, that's when you've got to watch the hardest. Especially the ones closest to you . . .

DI Kate Burrows Trilogy: The Ladykiller, Broken, Hard Girls

DI Kate Burrows Trilogy: The Ladykiller, Broken, Hard Girls

Author: Martina Cole Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2017

Available together for the first time, the complete DI Kate Burrows trilogy by the Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author, Martina Cole. Perfect for fans of Val McDermid, Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell.'The Queen of Crime' - Woman & Home on Hard GirlsThe deadly DI Kate Burrows trilogy: the only time Martina's written from the Old Bill's perspective. Kate is the hard-but-fair copper whose investigations - and heart - become dangerously entwined with London's most infamous gangster, Patrick Kelly. But when there's a killer on the loose, Kate Burrows is the only woman for the job. THE LADYKILLER. BROKEN. HARD GIRLS.

Dangerous Lady A gritty thriller about the toughest woman in London's criminal underworld

Dangerous Lady A gritty thriller about the toughest woman in London's criminal underworld

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/02/2017

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 old and new, and readers of Patricia Cornwell and Karin Slaughter. *Contains exclusive bonus interview content and an exclusive foreword by Denise Welch* Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her. But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness...

Dangerous Lady

Dangerous Lady

Author: Martina Cole Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Maura, the Ryan clan's youngest and only daughter, is the last person anyone expects to take on gangland London. But with her eldest brother Michael by her side she fast becomes the queen of organised crime. Smart, tough and beautiful, no one is a match for her. But with power comes a price, and Maura is forced to put her heart on the line. She might be a dangerous lady but everyone has a weakness...

Betrayal A gripping suspense thriller testing family loyalty

Betrayal A gripping suspense thriller testing family loyalty

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/10/2016

Betrayal is the twenty-third novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, author of DANGEROUS LADY, THE TAKE, GET EVEN and many more. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and the biggest selling female crime writer in the UK, Martina's unique, powerful storytelling will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell. Survival. It's all down to who you trust. Aiden O'Hara has been head of the family since he was a kid, and he's going to keep it that way. Jade Dixon is the one who watches his back. Mother of his son. The one who makes him invincible. But Jade's been in the game a lot longer than Aiden. She knows no one's indestructible. And when you're at the top, that's when you've got to watch the hardest. Especially the ones closest to you . . .

csalad

csalad

Author: Martina Cole Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

A csalad ...amikor nem szeretetet es boldogsagot, hanem felelmet es rettegest jelent. Phillip Murphy igazan megnyero, jokepu, eros es karizmatikus ferfi. Raadasul a vegletekig csaladcentrikus. Imadja edesanyjat es testvereit, s leghobb vagya, hogy hamarosan neki is gyermekei legyenek. Idealis ferj- es apajelolt. Nem csoda, hogy a gyonyoru es artatlan Christine azonnal beleszeret, s felbehagyva az iskolat, tizenhat evesen felesegul megy hozza. A mesebe illo tortenet az angliai Southenden jatszodik, ahol azonban a mesek ritkan vegzodnek happy enddel... Christine-nek sem kell sok ido, hogy a csodas latszat mogott megtapasztalja a valosagot, s az aranykalitka hamarosan nem csupan szuknek, de egyenesen fojtogatonak bizonyul. A vilaghiru irono kimeletlenul realista regenye ismet a gengszterek vilagaba ropit bennunket, egy kliseket nelkulozo fordulatokkal teli, minden eddiginel izgalmasabb, dramai tortenettel. A kerdes: van-e kiut egy olyan no szamara, akit orvenykent probal magaba szippantani a csalad?

Arcok

Arcok

Author: Martina Cole Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Amikor Danny Cadogan apja fakepnel hagyja a csaladjat, felesegenek es gyermekeinek egyedul kell szembenezniuk a ferfit uldozo uzsorasokkal. A tizennegy eves Danny elhatarozza, hogy megvedi anyjat, occset es hugat, es egyik naprol a masikra a veszely es eroszak vilagaban talalja magat. A gatlastalanul kegyetlen es eroszakos fiunak hamar hire terjed az alvilagban, es egyre nagyobb befolyast szerez bizonyos bunozoi korokben. Amikor pedig gyermekkori baratja, Michael Miles is beszall - uzleti venajat kamatoztatva - kettejuk piszkos vallalkozasaba, Danny a londoni alvilag legnagyobb gengsztere lesz. O lesz az Arc: elet es halal ura... Konyortelensege nem csak a londoni utcakat tartja rettegesben. Feleseget, Maryt es gyermekeit is vasakarattal iranyitja - es ha kell, az oklet is hasznalja. Tulsagosan is gyakran... De ha valaki egyszer legyozi rettegeset es megtori a hallgatas torvenyet, az egesz fortelmes birodalom a porba hullhat. Es a jatek csucsarol csak lefele vezethet az ut. Elvegre az adossagokat vissza lehet fizetni - akar penz nelkul is.

Kemeny lanyok

Kemeny lanyok

Author: Martina Cole Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Danielle Crosbynak olyan teste volt, amilyenert erdemes meghalni. Aruba bocsatotta. Es az eletevel fizetett erte. Megcsonkitott es kegyetlenul megeroszakolt prostitualt holttestere bukkannak. Annie Carr nyomozono meg eleteben nem latott ilyesmit, de nem is akar tobbe. Tanacsadoja, Kate Burrows nyugdijas nyomozono azonban igen sok tapasztalattal rendelkezik: o csipte el a Grantley-i Hasfelmetszot es leplezte le az orszag delkeleti regiojanak legnagyobb pedofilhalozatat. Feltett szandeka, hogy segit racs moge juttatni ezt a gyilkost is. Am akarki is az elkoveto, kemenyen feladta a lecket. Amikor megtalaljak a kovetkezo lany holttestet, akit meg az elozonel is borzalmasabban elcsufitottak, nyilvanvalova valik, hogy a gyilkos meg csak bemelegit... Annie-nek es Kate-nek melyre kell asnia abban a konyortelen vilagban, melyben mindenki sajat magara van utalva. Vannak, akik szamara a prostitucio rendkivul jovedelmezo uzlet. De vajon hanyan fizetik majd meg a vegso arat erte? A "e;Kemeny lanyok"e; kivaloan osszegyurt, lebilincselo es felkavaro krimi, mely a legutolso sorig lekoti a figyelmunket. Martina Cole ezuttal is a valosagot meseli el, es a valosag borzalmai sokszor minden kepzeletet felulmulnak.

Konyortelen uzlet

Konyortelen uzlet

Author: Martina Cole Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Martina Cole nem fel a tabudontogetestol. Ezuttal is agyonhallgatott temakhoz nyul. Nevezheto-e anyanak egy olyan no, aki mar fogantatasa pillanataban gyuloli es uldozi sajat gyermeket? Aki kepes rendszeresen utlegelni sajat hasat, hogy elveteljen? A londoni East End alvilagaban jatszodo, fordulatokban bovelkedo veres tortenet onmagaban is izgalmas, de nem marad el a Martina Cole-tol megszokott realista tarsadalom- es lelekrajz sem. A behajtok es stricik versengese kozben vegigkovethetjuk, hogyan oltenek lepesrol lepesre vegletes mereteket egy elkenyeztetett, onzo, hazudos gyereklany rossztulajdonsagai, es hogyan valik a drog hatasara lelketlen, felelosseget nem ismero prostiva. S mikozben ereiben felszivodik az ujabb dozis, hogyan mergezi meg ujra es ujra kornyezete eletet. Mindezt nyers oszinteseggel tarja elenk Martina Cole, nehol oly felkavaroan, hogy ugy erezzuk, keptelenek vagyunk tovabbolvasni a konyvet...

Konyortelenul

Konyortelenul

Author: Martina Cole Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

A londoni alvilagban barmi megtortenhetett. Pillanatok leforgasa alatt lehetett vagyonokat keresni es a csucsra jutni, de ahhoz is eleg volt egy szemvillanas, hogy minden elvesszen, penz, hatalom es emberelet is. A baratsag csak addig tartott, amig haszon szarmazott belole, viszont az ellensegeskedes es a bosszu generaciorol generaciora oroklodott... Hiaba telt el negyven ev, a londoni alvilagban tovabbra is barmi megtortenhet. A nepszeru irono, Martina Cole legujabb bestsellereben is alamerul a bunozok vilagaba, es meggyozo hitelesseggel abrazolja a hagyomanyosan ferfiak uralta alvilagot. Am ezuttal a mellbevago fordulatokat tartogato cselekmeny egy csalad tortenetenek keretien belul bontakozik ki. Az apa, Patrcik Brodie szemeben a csaladon kivul semmi sem szent. Celtudatosan es konyortelenul tor hatalomra, amig meg nem szerez mindent, amit akar. De vegul tul irigylesremelto helyzetbe kerul... A fiu, ifjabb Patrick Brodie ugyanolyan, mint az apja, megjeleneseben es termeszeteben is. Ot azonban a hatalomvagyon tul meg valami vezerli: a bosszu. Es ra var az a feladat is, hogy a csaladon belul rendet tegyen. Ha kell - konyortelenul.

hitetlen

hitetlen

Author: Martina Cole Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Isten talan megbocsat, de a szenvedok soha. "e;Gabby ujra es ujra lesujtott: minden utessel egyre jobban megkonnyebbult, minden utessel kiadott valamit a gyuloletebol az asszony irant, aki tonkretette az eletet. Lenezett a verben uszo alakra: evek ota most eloszor szinte beket erzett magaban. Az anya arca felismerhetetlen volt; mely, tatongo, voros hasadek, mely dobbenetes tempoban pumpalta magabol a vert. Gabby lenezett a nore, akit szinte egesz eleteben gyulolt. Aztan leult az anyja meggyozodese szerint antik fatamlas szekre, veres kezebe temette az arcat, es sirt."e; A kulvilag szamara Cynthia Callahan irigylesre melto asszony; ferje imadja, otthona bubajos, ket gyereke gyonyoru. Am Cynthia melysegesen elegedetlen a sorsaval; egesz eleteben a legjobb utan sovargott, es eltokelte, hogy meg is szerzi maganak. Semmi sem allhat az utjaba, meg ha ez pusztulast es tragediat hoz is azokra, akik a legkozelebb allnak hozza. Aldozat pedig szamtalan akad: Jimmy, a ferje, aki sohasem tud felesege kedvere tenni; a huga, Celeste, akitol azt veszi el, ami szamara a legdragabb. A szulei, Mary es Jack, akik probaljak rendbe hozni, amit tonkretett. De a legtobbet szenvedo aldozatok Cynthia gyermekei, James es Gabby, akik soha nem heverik ki az altala okozott fajdalmat... Martina Cole kotetei 29 nyelven jelentek meg, es tobb mint 10 millio peldanyban keltek el vilagszerte. Tobb mint 18 krimit irt, melyeknek jo resze a londoni es az essexi alvilag kulisszai kozott jatszodik. Regenyei valosaggal sokkoljak az olvasokat.

Get Even A dark thriller of murder, mystery and revenge

Get Even A dark thriller of murder, mystery and revenge

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2015

The twenty-second novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, author of DANGEROUS LADY, THE TAKE, THE GOOD LIFE and many more... Playing grown-ups, the future is theirs for the taking. Sharon Conway and Lenny Scott are childhood sweethearts. Everyone says they are too young, but nothing can keep them apart. Sharon doesn't question Lenny's business dealings and it isn't long before his reputation as a hard man destined for the top means they are living the good life with their sons. It leaves a stain on her heart for ever. But one night Lenny doesn't come home. It isn't the first time he has gone AWOL. But it is his last. He is found murdered - beaten to death in an act of brutality that shocks even the police. And Sharon never knows why. Old wounds will surface. Now, twenty years later, Sharon is about to find out the truth. Such a crime cannot go unpunished. Revenge is long overdue. The time has come to... GET EVEN

The Good Life A powerful crime thriller about a deadly love

The Good Life A powerful crime thriller about a deadly love

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/10/2014

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE NEVER FREE. Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life. But loving Jenny Riley was the easy part; it was telling his wife he wanted a divorce that was going to be the killer... Jenny is not just any girl. She cares nothing for Cain's hard-man reputation - she just wants to be with him. But Cain is not a free man. And he's about to find out that when his wife Caroline said 'til death us do part, she meant it. When Cain is sentenced to life in prison it seems that Caroline might have got her wish. All Cain and Jenny know is that if their love can survive such separation, then one day they will have a chance at the Good Life together again. But there are greater trials ahead than either can foresee. They're about to learn the hardest lesson of all: LIVE THE GOOD LIFE. PAY THE PRICE.

Revenge A pacy crime thriller of violence and vengeance

Revenge A pacy crime thriller of violence and vengeance

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2014

BE SURE YOUR SINS WILL FIND YOU OUT. Michael Flynn is untouchable in a world of power, money and violence. He fights for what he wants and he takes it, whatever the cost. He learns the rules of the Life from the best and when his mentor, legendary Face Patrick Costello, is taken out, no one questions that Michael Flynn is his natural successor. For Michael, loyalty - and crime - pay. Michael Flynn rises to heights beyond anything the criminal underworld has seen. He owns everyone and he rules his empire with an even but fierce hand. No one would dare challenge him. Then the unthinkable happens. Perhaps Michael Flynn is not so untouchable after all, and he must learn that . . . WITHOUT THE SHEDDING OF BLOOD THERE CAN BE NO FORGIVENESS OF SINS.

The Life

The Life

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/05/2013

The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the No. 1 bestselling author. The Bailey brothers are gangsters determined to make their mark in the world. Peter and Daniel are chalk and cheese in many ways - Peter's calm exterior belies his ruthless nature, while Daniel's penchant for spectacular violence is legendary - but together they are unstoppable. From the late seventies they rule London's East End and, when their sons join the business, it seems that no one can touch the powerful Baileys. Although it's never easy at the top; there is always someone waiting to take you down - sometimes even those closest to you...Lena Bailey is determined to shield her youngest child Tania from the Life. But when a terrible tragedy occurs, Tania's eyes are opened to their world in a way that forces her to make an irrevocable choice that will determine her future. Martina Cole's gritty and gripping new novel is an unflinching portrait of a family torn apart by violence and betrayal, but ultimately bound by loyalty, by blood, and by a burning desire for revenge...It is a story of the Life, told as only Martina Cole can.

The Faithless A dark thriller of intrigue and murder

The Faithless A dark thriller of intrigue and murder

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2012

With family, there's a dangerous line between love and hate... Reaching the darkest corners of family life, THE FAITHLESS by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole is an unputdownable novel about a deadly ambition that trumps family loyalty... Cynthia Tailor is a tough woman to please. Her husband Jimmy can do no right. Her sister Celeste has something Cynthia wants. And her two children, James and Gabby, can never reach the perfection their mother demands. What Cynthia wants, Cynthia gets, even if it hurts those closest to her. But there's a price to pay for taking what isn't yours, and it's Cynthia's own flesh and blood who are ready and waiting to collect... For more stories centred on family life, check out FACES, THE FAMILY and BETRAYAL. Martina Cole explores loyalty, protection, and how the ties that bind us can also sometimes choke the very thing we want to protect...

The Family A dark thriller of loyalty, crime and corruption

The Family A dark thriller of loyalty, crime and corruption

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/05/2011

Once you're in the family, you're in it for life... Devastatingly powerful, THE FAMILY by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole reaches the darkest corners of family life. Philip Murphy expects loyalty from their nearest and dearest - for better or for worse... Family is everything for the Murphy clan. Philip runs his business empire with the help of his brother, and dotes on his two sons who will, one day, take over. His wife Christine is his perfect match. She'd always dreamed of a big happy family and, when she married into the Murphys, she thought she'd found one. But when that illusion is shattered, she's already in too deep. The Murphys are dangerous and Christine can't unsee the horrors she has now been forced to open her eyes to. But nor can she escape them. For more stories centred on family life, check out FACES, THE FAITHLESS and BETRAYAL. Martina Cole explores loyalty, protection, and how the ties that bind us can also sometimes choke the very thing we want to protect...

Hard Girls An unputdownable serial killer thriller

Hard Girls An unputdownable serial killer thriller

Author: Martina Cole Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/01/2011

HARD LIVES. HARD LESSONS. IT'S MURDER ON THE STREETS. Danielle Crosby had a body to die for. A body she sold to the highest bidder. But she ended up paying for it with her life. When a prostitute's body is found lifeless, mutilated and brutally raped, DCI Annie Carr has never seen anything like it and never wants to again. Kate Burrows, retired DCI now consultant, has plenty of experience when it comes to murder - after all she caught the Grantley Ripper and broke the biggest paedophile ring in the South East. She is determined to help put the killer behind bars. But whoever it is won't be easily caught. And when another girl's body is found, even more horrifically disfigured than the last, it's clear the killer is just warming up . . . In a ruthless world where everyone's out for themselves, Annie and Kate must dig deep if they hope to catch a callous serial killer who knows no limits and makes no mistakes. For some, prostitution is seriously big business. But how many people will pay the ultimate price?

Close A gripping thriller of power and protection

Close A gripping thriller of power and protection

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2010

She'll do whatever it takes to keep them together... Hard-hitting and uncompromising, CLOSE by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole tells the story of a woman determined to protect her family from an increasingly dangerous world... Patrick Brodie knows exactly how far he's prepared to go to get what he wants. And he wants it all. Now. Before long, Patrick has become a legend in his own lifetime. Violently. Lily Diamond is different from the kind of woman Patrick is normally attracted to. But together they are determined that their children will have everything they didn't. Until the unthinkable happens and Lily is left on her own to look after their family in a dangerous world. The Brodies must stay close to survive. But as everyone knows, your sins will find you out. If you love powerful female characters, be sure to also read Martina Cole's GOODNIGHT LADY, THE KNOW and GET EVEN. These ladies are strong, resilient and vengeful...

The Family A dark thriller of loyalty, crime and corruption

The Family A dark thriller of loyalty, crime and corruption

Author: Martina Cole Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/11/2010

Phillip Murphy is a family man. He worships his old mum; he takes care of his siblings who help run his business empire; he dotes on his two young sons who will one day take over. And then there's his wife and saviour Christine, whom he loves with a vengeance. To Phillip Murphy, family is everything. Christine has always understood this about her husband. But there is another side to Phillip, and it's a side he never wanted his wife to see. Though even if she did, could she do anything but stand by him? Because Phillip has rules, and he expects loyalty from his nearest and dearest. Once you're in the family, you're in it for life.

Faceless A dark and pacy crime thriller of betrayal and revenge

Faceless A dark and pacy crime thriller of betrayal and revenge

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/11/2010

She's done the time, now she wants revenge... Filled with rage and revenge, FACELESS by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole is a gripping novel that takes a dark and honest look at what life is really like on the inside. Marie Carter lost everything the day she went to prison for a double murder she doesn't remember committing. Her parents abandoned her, her friends disappeared. Even her children didn't want to know. Twelve long years later, Marie is out and she's back to settle some scores... For more compelling novels about life on the inside, be sure to read Martina Cole's TWO WOMEN, THE JUMP and THE GOOD LIFE

The Runaway An explosive crime thriller set across London and New York

The Runaway An explosive crime thriller set across London and New York

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2010

The past will always catch up with you... THE RUNAWAY by No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author Martina Cole is an unputdownable thriller of corruption and violence and was adapted for television with an all-star cast including Alan Cumming, Jack O'Connell and Keith Allen. 'Martina tells it like it really is' - Sun. You can't run for ever. All that prostitute's daughter Cathy Connor and drunkard's son Eamonn Docherty want to do is escape their grim childhoods in London's East End. And soon events turn so dangerous they are left with no choice but to flee. Cathy to the red lit streets of Soho, Eamonn to the high ranks of gangland New York. Now she's a hardened survivor, he's Gotham's most ruthless villain, and their paths are about to cross once again... You might have seen THE RUNAWAY and THE TAKE on TV - but that certainly doesn't mean you know what happens in the books!

Maura's Game A gripping crime thriller of danger, determination and one unstoppable woman

Maura's Game A gripping crime thriller of danger, determination and one unstoppable woman

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Maura Ryan is back to claim her gangland crown... MAURA'S GAME is the unputdownable sequel to DANGEROUS LADY, 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). Maura Ryan was the queen of the criminal underworld when she pulled off the most audacious gold bullion robbery of all time. Since then, she's retired from a life of crime to be with the only man she's ever loved. But enemies from her past are closing in and they're about to learn that they should never cross Maura Ryan. The dangerous lady is back and she's as lethal as ever... We know you'll be hooked on Maura Ryan, so be sure to first read the gripping prequel to MAURA'S GAME, DANGEROUS LADY.

The Know A dark suspense thriller of violence and vengeance

The Know A dark suspense thriller of violence and vengeance

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2010

Her child is missing but someone out there knows the truth... THE KNOW, by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole features the fearless Joanie Brewer who knows exactly what she wants. But her need for revenge threatens to destroy even the ones she loves... Joanie Brewer's children meant the world to her. She'd do anything to protect them, even resorting to prostitution and petty crime in order to feed and clothe them. So when her beautiful teenage daughter is raped and murdered, only one thing will stop Joanie's pain - seeing her daughter's killer brought to justice. Joanie knows who he is and she'll do whatever it takes to nail him . . . If you love powerful female characters, be sure to also read Martina Cole's GOODNIGHT LADY, CLOSE and GET EVEN. These ladies are strong, resilient and vengeful...

Goodnight Lady A compelling thriller of power and corruption

Goodnight Lady A compelling thriller of power and corruption

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

In GOODNIGHT LADY by Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole, women are strong, resilient and vengeful. When these ladies know what they want, nothing gets in their way. The 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian), Martina's unique, powerful storytelling will appeal to fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell. Briony Cavanagh has seen it all. A shocking childhood betrayal launched her into a life running the East End's most notorious brothels. Powerful, beautiful and good at keeping secrets, Briony soon establishes herself as London's most infamous businesswoman. Briony is determined to be mistress of her own fate, but the darker side of this violent underworld is never far from her doorstep. Only she knows the true price she has paid for her rise to the top.

The Jump A compelling thriller of crime and corruption

The Jump A compelling thriller of crime and corruption

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

You might break out, but you'll never be free... Filled with shocking twists, THE JUMP by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole is a compelling thriller that tells a dark and dangerous story of a desperate wife with a husband behind bars... Donna Brunos will do anything for her husband. Including breaking him out of prison. She believes her beloved Georgio when he tells her he's been framed for armed robbery. But planning the jump opens Donna's eyes to a shocking world where the man she married is not who he seems. For more compelling novels about life on the inside, be sure to read Martina Cole's FACELESS, TWO WOMEN and THE GOOD LIFE

Broken A dark and dangerous serial killer thriller

Broken A dark and dangerous serial killer thriller

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2009

Has DI Kate Burrows met her match? Sequel to THE LADYKILLER, BROKEN is the second book in the DI Kate Burrows series: the only time the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times bestseller Martina Cole has written from the perspective of the Old Bill. Children in Grantley are disappearing. At first they are found unscathed, but when one meets a dark end DI Kate Burrows knows the clock is ticking. Pushed to her limits, Kate needs the support of her lover now more than ever. But ex-gangster Patrick Kelly has troubles of his own. It's her toughest case yet, but Kate will stop at nothing to solve it. Even if it breaks her. If you love the dark and dangerous world of DI Kate Burrows, be sure to catch the rest of the series, HARDGIRLS and DAMAGED

The Ladykiller A deadly thriller filled with shocking twists

The Ladykiller A deadly thriller filled with shocking twists

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2009

He's every woman's worst nightmare... THE LADYKILLER is the first book in the DI Kate Burrows series: the only time the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times bestseller Martina Cole has written from the perspective of the Old Bill. A killer is on the loose. It's up to DI Kate Burrows to stop him. But Kate has a problem. The Grantley Ripper has attacked the daughter of one of London's most infamous gangsters, Patrick Kelly, and now Kate's investigation, along with her heart, are dangerously entwined with him. As the worlds of crime and law collide, will Kate take down the Ladykiller, or will he be her undoing? Her unique take on London's criminal underworld will have you hooked, so don't miss the rest of the DI Kate Burrows series, BROKEN, HARDGIRLS and DAMAGED

Two Women An unforgettable crime thriller of murder, violence and unbreakable bonds

Two Women An unforgettable crime thriller of murder, violence and unbreakable bonds

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/04/2009

Prison will make or break you... Danger and violence have always been a part of Susan Dalston's East End upbringing, but being locked up with another murderess will have consequences that no one could have predicted. TWO WOMEN by Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Martina Cole tells the truth about prison life, and how far one woman will go for justice... Susan Dalston killed her husband in a final act of desperation. Banged up in Holloway, all that keeps her sane is knowing that her children are now safe from the man who terrorised them. What she can't predict is that the bonds she forms on the inside might just make - or break - her. For more compelling novels about life on the inside, be sure to read Martina Cole's FACELESS, THE JUMP and THE GOOD LIFE

Close A gripping thriller of power and protection

Close A gripping thriller of power and protection

Author: Martina Cole Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/01/2009

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. And your family should be closest of all. Patrick Brodie knows exactly how far he's prepared to go to get what he wants. And he wants it all. Now. Before long, Patrick has become a legend in his own lifetime. Violently. Lily Diamond is different from the kind of woman Patrick is normally attracted to. But together they are determined that their children will have everything they didn't. Until the unthinkable happens and Lily is left on her own to look after their family in a dangerous world. The Brodies must stay close to survive. But as everyone knows, your sins will find you out.

The Take A gripping crime thriller of family lies and betrayal

The Take A gripping crime thriller of family lies and betrayal

Author: Martina Cole Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/01/2009

Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections, and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie just wants her husband home, but she's forgotten the rows, the violence, and the girls Freddie can't leave alone. Bitter, resentful, and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble while her little sister Maggie's star rises. In love with Freddie's cousin Jimmy, Maggie is determined not to end up like her sister. Families should stick together, but behind closed doors, jealousy and betrayal can fester until everyone's life is infected. And for the Jacksons, loyalty cannot win out. Because in their world you can trust no one. In their world everyone is on the take.

Faces A chilling thriller of loyalty and betrayal

Faces A chilling thriller of loyalty and betrayal

Author: Martina Cole Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/01/2009

Just before Danny Cadogan's fourteenth birthday, his father, Big Dan, leaves his wife and children to face the wrath of the men sent to collect his gambling debt. Determined to protect his mother, brother and sister, overnight Danny becomes set on making his way in a violent and dangerous world. He becomes a Face. Not just a Face, but the most feared Face in the Smoke. Out for all he can get. At any cost. Danny's ruthlessness doesn't stop at his front door. He rules his family with an iron will - and his fists. But if his wife, Mary breaks her silence, it could shake Danny's criminal empire; right to the very core. And for a Face at the top of his game, there's only one way to go. Down. Because, after all, debts can be paid without money...

Faces A chilling thriller of loyalty and betrayal

Faces A chilling thriller of loyalty and betrayal

Author: Martina Cole Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2008

Keep your family close... Set in the heart of London's criminal gangland, FACES by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole reaches the darkest corners of family life and explores the dangerous line between love and hate. Danny Cadogan is the most powerful man in gangland London, but he's also the most hated. He entered this dark world to protect his family, but the violent streak running through his veins means even those closest to him fear and despise him. His wife Mary dreams of her husband's murder. His brother-in-law Michael knows Danny is bad for business. Danny is at the top of his game, but there are plenty of people getting ready to bring him down... For more stories centred on family life, check out THE FAMILY, THE FAITHLESS and BETRAYAL. Martina Cole explores loyalty, protection, and how the ties that bind us can also sometimes choke the very thing we want to protect...

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