The Business

by Martina Cole

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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 gangland dominate Martina Cole’s many novels, this is her fifteenth.  What she has done is to create a human side to a gritty, violent world of powerful people disregarding the law.  In doing so the villains and their families, sweethearts, rivals, victims and underlings become people we either love or hate.  This, not her best, features some very nasty characters.

Comparison: Mandasue Heller, June Hampson, Jane Elliot.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Business Synopsis

Imelda Dooley is scared. Really scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught.

She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her.

So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders. When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows she must graft to keep the family afloat.

And graft she does, becoming a name in her own right. But she still has to watch her daughter's life spiral into a vicious, hate-fuelled cycle of drugs and prostitution. Caught up in the carnage that is Imelda's existence are Mary's adored grandchildren, Jordanna and Kenny.

Pretty little Jordanna isn't yet three and she already knows far too much. All she can do is look after her baby brother, Kenny, and try not to draw unwanted attention to herself. Set in the East End of London from the tail-end of the seventies up until the present-day, THE BUSINESS is a tale of drugs, prostitution and a young girl's fight for survival -- against all the odds.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780755328673
Publication date: 21st February 2009
Author: Martina Cole
Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 592 pages
Primary Genre Thriller and Suspense
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About Martina Cole

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 ...

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