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The Graft by Martina Cole

I absolutely love Martina Cole for her hard hitting and very real novels, full of gangster life and their code of conduct. The rules of business, from drug dealing to prostitution, to violence and retribution and to the little “clueless” wives at home.

The Graft shows that even gangsters have their secrets and they are willing to pay the highest price to keep them secret. Especially if those secrets would be inexcusable to even the most hardened criminal in your world!

After all is said and done, the wife is seen as just a victim, a woman cluless to how her husband ran his business from day to day. She may never have known his secret, but we should pity the person who doesn’t think that she was the real brains behind her husbands entire empire.

This book is not for the easily offended of the squeamish. It is full of swearing and depictions of violence, child prostitution and heroin addiction. If however you like a bit of meat to get you teeth into then Martina Cole is the author for you.

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The Life by Martina Cole

I have to say that I adore such a gritty and hard hitting book. To say there is no honour among thieves is a complete understatement where this book is concerned.

For the Bailey’s all that matters to any of them is family and staying at the top of their criminal enterprise. To stay at the top you have to play by your own set of rules, but not everyone seems to agree.

Some people are jealous of what everyone else has and will stop at nothing to gain what they think they are owed out of life. That includes stabbing everyone in the back if necessary, including family! 

As alway with Cole, this book contains scenes of graphic violence and a fair bit of swearing. I really enjoyed the book and I think avid readers of hard hitting crime will love it too!! 

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Faceless by Martina Cole 

Martina Cole is one of my favorite authors when I want to emmerse myself in gritty, gangster novels. These are the best and they don’t often disappoint, they convey exactly how I think that kind of life to be.

Marie Carter has spent most of her life in prison for a double murder without any contact from the outside world and the life she once knew. Now she is out and trying to adjust to life outside the prison walls, everything has changed and her children, now teenagers want nothing to do with her!

Can Marie make a life for herself and can she stop her daughter from making the same mistakes she did? Coming out of prison seems to have opened a can of worms that some people would rather stayed buried but will the life drag Marie back in or will the truth finally out?! 

A fantastic read, not for everyone with it’s colourful language and the violence on a regular basis, but great for readers who dont always want a flowery love story. I recommend it as a gripping read.

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Faces by Martina Cole

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I usually consume Martina Cole books within a couple of days, I enjoy the edginess and the brutality of her stories…..However I really struggled with this one and I took me well over a month to read!
The story if you got into it was good but it was SO repetitive which got boring after a while, it then also meant that I had switched off whilst reading and then missed a crucial bit that I had to then reread.
As with all Cole books it revolves around the brutal lives of people who want to be gangsters or ‘Faces’ and will literally stop at nothing to get what they want.
Full of foul language, murder, rape and torture these books are not for the easily offended, however if you love a hard hitting gangster book then Martina Cole is the answer. Unfortunately this time she got it wrong but rest assured the other books of hers I have read have been a good read.

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The Faithless by Martina Cole

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Well what a fantastic book, so great in fact that I read it in three days! As I have said before Cole’s books are not for the sensitive natured or easily offended as her books are gritty and dramatic and real.
This book has a fantastic plot to it and the way the story unfolds is extremely clever, as a reader I have never felt such hatred for someone fictional as I have for Cynthia Taylor! I felt real aggression and anger towards this woman, which I felt was a sign of a well designed novel.
The Faithless is about the criminal underworld and the life and rules they all live by. However one of the main characters, Cynthia Taylor seems to think that she can play by her rules! Without a tought or compassion for anyone around her she is determined that life should be lived according to her.
Quite a long book at 513 pages, but it doesn’t feel like that at all when a story is this gripping. I strongly urge you all to read this book, it is fantastic!

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The Business by Martina Cole

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Another good book from Martina Cole, the story its self is great and Cole spends time fleshing out the main characters of the book making them easier to picture, however throughout the book this becomes a little bit repetitive because certain points are said over and over again making the book harder to read than it should be. Other than that and the ever present bad language that some readers find offensive the story is of great quality.

Cole is known for her books revolving around London’s criminal underworld and she does a good job of painting a fantastic picture in the readers head. The stories are hard to bear witness to and are deadly serious filled with gritty characters, lies, deceit, murder and every once in a while love and The Business is no different.

The Business is about the Dooley family and how a few choice decisions by the main character Imelda can shape the outcome of everyone’s lives. Imelda hasn’t a care in the world for anyone but herself so when she finds herself in a difficult situation as a teenager she does the only thing that she is good at and lies to save herself. Her poor decisions set the marker by which everyone around Imelda has their lives altered irreparably, and to the consequences of her actions Imelda has no regard.

A good book to read as it shows the reader the lengths that some people will go to to remain in their own little world. I recommend giving this one a read.

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Broken by Martina Cole

A great read from Martina Cole, she writes amazingly hard-hitting crime fiction. Cole uses quite a lot of bad language throughout the book which might put some people off reading it, she also uses quite a lot of cockney rhyming slang which sometimes doesn’t make sense to the average reader but if you can get past that it is a fantastic book.

Broken is about returning character DI Kate Burrows and she is facing the toughest time ever. Burrows is faced with the fact that children are going missing around her patch and before they can get any leads some of them start turning up dead, this case slowly becomes one of her strangest cases yet. This case is much bigger than anyone first believes, can Kate figure out who is involved and how, whilst being impeded by her own police force?

Who can Kate trust when it seems that everyone even remotely respectable is lying to her or lying to cover for someone else! Not only that but Kate’s partner Patrick Kelly, a known gangster, is facing some huge problems of his own!

Broken is a fantastic book, at times it is hard to read due to the nature of the plot but it is very realistic and for that it makes the story even better.

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