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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First printing of this edition edition (4 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747255415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747255413
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.5 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Martina Cole is the No. 1 bestselling author of sixteen hugely successful novels. Hard Girls went straight to No. 1 on the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list. The Business was the No. 1 bestselling hardback adult fiction title of 2008 and was a No. 1 Sunday Times hardback bestseller, along with Faces, Close and The Take. The Take also won the British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year and has been adapted for Sky One - with remarkable reviews - and The Runaway is currently in production. The Know was selected by Richard & Judy as one of the Top Ten Best Reads of 2003. Maura's Game, Faceless and The Graft also shot straight to No. 1 on the Sunday Times bestseller lists, and total sales of Martina's novels are now at ten million copies. Martina Cole has a son and daughter and lives in Kent. Martina Cole is highly acclaimed for her hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing, as well as for her incredible success.

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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. As a mother herself, Kate finds their crimes almost incomprehensible. And with the case becoming ever more sinister, she knows she needs to find answers quickly.

Emotionally drained by the rigours of the investigation, it's a real struggle for Kate to find the energy to deal with the complex problems unfolding in her domestic life. Despite assurances to the contrary it seems Patrick Kelly, hardman and love of DI Burrows' life, is still firmly entrenched in the East End underworld. When a body turns up in Patrick's seedy Soho club it seems he has finally got in over his head and the only person in a position to help him is Kate.

Set in familiar Cole territory of East End London, Broken is every bit as gritty and compelling as The Ladykiller. The story as it unfolds is gruesome, uncomfortable and peppered with violence but it is also carefully and thoroughly researched. Martina Cole knows what life in Grantley is and does not shy away from using the strong language of the street in addition to enough cockney rhyming slang to put any would-be pearly king to the test. A well-paced, gripping page-turner with strong, credible female characters, Broken definitely fits the unputdownable category. --Sarah Crawford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'In prose that is always expressive and trenchant, Cole weaves her spell throughout this lengthy and ambitious narrative...Another winner for Cole' Brian Ritterspak, Amazon.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Martina Cole writes crime like Danielle Steele writes love stories. The writing may not be the best in the world and she does tend to go a bit OTT on the violence and abuse aspect and I should say the general level of bad language (wot must everyone fink of us East Londoners! A bunch of 'oring, feeving *"$%s!) but, if you're not after a particularly intellectual read and just want something that's not that taxing on the brain, then she's ideal. I loved The Ladykiller which was the first book I read. Since then, I don't think she's really equalled it in my reckoning. However, at least there is a bit of mystery and suspense in Broken which does keep you hooked to the end. Personally, I welcomed the return of Kate Burrows and have to admit to being so engrossed that I've nearly missed my stop on the tube, on more than one occasion. Read it and enjoy it for what it is.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By victoria.smith@cableinet.co.uk on 3 Dec. 2000
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This book did not take me long to read as I couldn't put it down. Martina Cole has produced yet another great piece and to be reunited with old names was great. If you read The Ladykiller you will have a better undestanding of this follow on (and George Markham has to be one of my favorites), I would advise reading this before Broken; in fact I would advise reading all of her work. I love her style of writing and the down to earth characters who are not film stars or fancifull artists but gritty, realistic, hard people. The only problem with MC is that she does not write quickly enough and now I have a long wait for her next offering!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 2001
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Once again, Martina Cole has excelled in yet another story of the seamy side of life in Essex and East London, bringing back the unforgettable D.I. Kate Burrows and her gangster-with-a heart-of-gold lover Patrick Kelly, whom we first met in one of her earlier novels, "The Ladykiller". "Broken" is a well-told story, certainly not for the squeamish, involving paedophiles, serial killers, corrupt policemen and other assorted villains of every description. However, in my opinion the story was spoilt somewhat because there were too many characters, not all of whom were vital to the story, all of whom were named and seemed to pop up on every other page. Also surprising was the fact that the book appeared to be set in 1992, yet everybody was well into using the Internet, mobile phones, etc. These points may not seem important, but should have been sorted out by the editors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2001
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Disappointing - the author could have told the same story (actually it would have been a better story) with fewer characters and fewer pages.... The book was much to long for the basic plot and content. It was the first time I had read this author, I will not bother to do so again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guv on 5 Jan. 2008
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Having enjoyed Cole's The Runaway and The Ladykiller, I had high hopes for Broken. While Cole is no literary genius, the other two books had been enjoyable page-turners with interesting characters, but having said that, they were still full of anachromisms and sloppy mistakes (a Gerry and the Pacemakers song is memorably credited to Freddie and the Dreamers in The Runaway, for example). Broken, however, is a mess. What begins as an interesting mystery of children disappearing, apparently being dumped by mothers who appear to be innocent of the crime, degenerates into a farce. The side story of Patric Kelly and Boris is tediius, and the ease with which Willy disposes of the Russian and his henchman is laughable. There are also incomplete sentences and poorly punctuated sections which opens up the question of what good Cole's proof reader/editor is. Also, the leading character Kate Burrows has degenerated from the feasible, likeable character of The Ladykiller into a two-dimentional, hard-nosed and yet overtly sentimental foul-mouthed thug. We are forever being reminded of how beautiul Kelly and Kate are, and how big a heart Willy has - pass the sick bag. Kate's mother is a boring cariceture of down-to-earth Irish "good sense", and Kate's daughter, who may have added some much needed complexity (as she did in The Ladykiller) has been all but written out and despatched to Australia. Also, there is way too much unbelievable and over-long dialogue, which demonstrates a lack of confidence in describing plot nuances by the author.

I have given the book two stars rather than one as the fist 200-or-so pages are compelling. And talking of the pages, while there are over 600 of them, there are not many words per page, perhaps an average of six or seven per sparse line.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pat.fletcher@samworthbrothers.co.uk on 10 Nov. 2000
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After reading all of Martina's other novels I was delighted to receive her latest. From the beginning I knew this one was not going to grab my attention as all the others had. I felt that by bringing back Kate Burrows (from Ladykiller)in itself was confussing as I read that so long ago I had lost the thread of her background. All in all Broken is an average read, but could have been an even better one had there been less characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Nov. 2000
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I read the reviews of this book on the amazon website and got immidiately interested in the plot. The actual story is, however, quite disappointing. The book has two plots which eventually merge into one, which is potentially a good idea, but didn't work at all. The language is full of stereotypes. Besides which, it was easy to work out very early in the book who the main villain was, which is always a shame in a thriller.
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