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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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Other books by Martina Cole

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: 15/10/2019

The Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller and 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) is back. 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. Diana Davis has been head of the family business since the death of her husband, an infamous bank robber. She's a woman in a man's world, but no one messes with her. Her only son, Angus, is a natural born villain, but he needs to earn Diana's trust before she'll allow him into the business. Once he's proved he has the brains to run their clubs in Marbella, he is given what he's always wanted. It's the beginning of a reign of terror that knows no bounds. But Angus has a blind spot: his wife, Lorna, and their three kids, Angus Junior, Sean and Eilish. And as the next generation enters the business, Angus has a painful truth to learn. Even when it comes to family, he must show no mercy...

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: 01/11/2018

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?

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

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...

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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...

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.