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... "Close" is her thirteenth novel and most recent blockbuster, hitting the shelves sometime in mid October. The sort of genre she writes under could be loosely described as crime/thriller fiction, with a hard, gruesome edge. She tends to mainly write about East End villains, their wives and ... Read review
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Martina Cole 16 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £130.65 (The Take, The Know, Broken, Faceless, Mauras Game, Close, The Business, The Graft, The Runaway, The Family, The Ladykiller, Goodnight Lady, Faces, Dangerous Lady, Hard Girls, Two Women) - Martina Cole

Martina Cole 16 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £130.65 (The Take, The Know, Broken, Faceless, Mauras Game, Close, The Business, The Graft, The Runaway, The Family, The Ladykiller, Goodnight Lady, Faces, Dangerous Lady, Hard Girls, Two Women) - Martina Cole

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Family Faceless Martina Cole is one of the most
original voices in fiction today. FACELESS was a
No.1 bestseller in trade paperback. Close CLOSE is
powerful, shocking and utterly addictive0 The
Graft An enthralling story of violence and
revenge0Amazon.co.uk ReviewIs The Graft  up to
Martina Cole's usual standard? The unarguable
success of her sizable tally  of crime novels must
be a source of envy to other practitioners. The
Runaway THE RUNAWAY has been adapted into a major
six-part drama for television0 The Know A
heartbreaking story of obsession when being in the
know can be deadly0 Maura's Game The electrifying
sequel to DANGEROUS LADY combines emotional drama
and shocking realism0Amazon.co.uk ReviewThe 
return of Cole's queen of the criminal underworld,
Maura Ryan,Goodnight Lady A tour-de-force thriller
of corruption and violence0 Hard Girls HARD GIRLS
went straight to No. 1 on the Sunday Times
hardback bestseller list on
publication0Amazon.co.uk ReviewMartina  Cole is
not so much a publishing phenomenon Dangerous
LadyThe LadykillerBroken Leading an investigation
into the neglect and abandonment of a number of
young Grantley  children throws DI Kate Burrows
into contact with the most vile and repugnant of 
criminals.  The Take Stunning adaptation by Sky:
ZOO magazine 'Has a decent claim to be a Brit
Sopranos'; 'Truly brilliant telly' GRAZIA0 Two
WomenThe Business Martina's 15th novel is a
guaranteed hardback bestseller0 Faces Set in the
heart of London's criminal gangland, FACES is
gritty, gripping and utterly unforgettable0

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Close to the knuckle (duster) Review with images

AdvantagesA detailed story with good, strong characterisation written in true Martina Cole fashion

DisadvantagesSame old, slightly tired, plot and definitely not as gripping as previous Martina Cole offerings

"I am a very recent convert to the draw of Martina Cole novels. I think I read my first of her novels sometime last year, and since then I've worked my way through all her books from the earliest to the latest. "Close" is her thirteenth novel and most recent blockbuster, hitting the shelves sometime in mid October. The sort of genre she writes under could be loosely described as crime/thriller fiction, with a hard, gruesome edge. She tends to mainly ..." Read review
15.12.2006

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Martina Cole - Close

Advantages another cole classic

Disadvantagesnot as good as some of her previous work

"...new book from Martina Cole, Close and even though I cant stand to read hardback books, when I saw it in Tesco's for a discounted price I snapped it up and rushed home with a big bar of chocolate to begin the read. Unlike most Cole books this particular one seemed to take me a little while to get into the plot. For those who have yet the pleasure of read a Cole classic I will tell you that all her books are about the crime and gangster world of ..." Read review
15.04.2007

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Martina Cole - Close

AdvantagesInteresting read, engaging

DisadvantagesRepetitive

"...thoroughly enjoy Martina Cole's books. Close did not disappoint. The story begins with a young lady (Lil) struggling with life in general - home and work both burdening her life she seems to have no prospects or future until she meets Patrick Brodie. This man changes her life forever and it is definitly worth finding out how, why, what and when. The unimagineable happens to the love of Lil Brodies' husband and she is once again left to fend for herself, ..." Read review
01.04.2012

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Close Martina Cole

AdvantagesGood read

Disadvantagessame old same old

"...of all her books, I found Close very good and looked forward to reading the book each night, I wouldn't say its the best book Martina has written, but it's not the worse. The story as always is based around a strong female character and once again its based around london gangland, with the family owning nightclub and hostess clubs,and money lending. The story starts with main character Lil Brodie top of the world with money, love and with ..." Read review
01.07.2007

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Close - Martina Cole

AdvantagesNone

DisadvantagesEasy read

"Have read all of Martina Cole's previous books and could not wait to get my hands on her latest one "Close" - however I have found it very hard to get into and no where near as good as her previous books. It was very slow to start and much has been repeated throughout the different chapters. Again very much in the hard, criminal element of the East End and very much a Martina Cole read, but must say that I have been a little disappointed. Will ..." Read review
24.05.2007

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Highly acclaimed for her hard-hitting, uncompromising andcompelling writing, as well as her phenomenal Number 1 success, Martina Cole is the only author who dares to tell it like it is.After the recent runaway success of THE TAKE, Martina's new novel, CLOSE, is the story of the women who are left behind.Set in London's dark and violent gangland, this noveltells the tale of a gutsy mother and her two sons, and their lives in and out of jail. With her characteristically haunting writing and visceral subject matter, Martina Cole, has written yet another compulsive bestseller.

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Type Fiction
Genre Thriller
Title Close
Author Martina Cole
ISBN 0446179965; 0755328590; 0755328604; 0755328612

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