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Martina Cole
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3 May 2007

Patrick Brodie knows exactly how far he's prepared to go to get what he wants. And he wants it all. Now. Before long, Patrick has become a legend in his own lifetime. Violently.

Lily Diamond is different from the kind of woman Patrick is normally attracted to. But together they are determined that their children will have everything they didn't. Until the unthinkable happens and Lily is left on her own to look after their family in a dangerous world. The Brodies must stay close to survive. But as everyone knows, your sins will find you out.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; Reprint edition (3 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755328612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755328611
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,758 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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'A hard-hitting and gritty read' (Sun)

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CLOSE is powerful, shocking and utterly addictive

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Close 2 Feb 2007
I am such an ardent fan/reader of Martina Cole, every one of her books has been in my hands since her very first, I cannot wait for her new books to be finished and I count off the days till the new one hits the shelves. But who wrote "The Close" was it a Martina Cole clone, it was such a dissapointment almost a repeat from all her previous books. The same lines and events were repeated over and over again (from previous stories). Some of the language had absolutely no representation to the story it seemed just for effect at times and the violence will give some very good ideas to some nasty people. The story had no substance it just seemed to go on and on with words to fill pages. So many authors in the past have written books on their names "too big or their boots" comes to mind. Please, please Martina you have so much talent don't let this happen with you. You can write white knuckle, gripping, fantastic books that we are all unable to put down (unlike this one which sent me to sleep after one page)so please don't let "Gangland" rule you so much - you are worth so much more that that. "Two Women" was the best I have ever read but Close was like walking through mud. Get back to your roots girl "PLEASE" otherwise Mandasue Heller will be taking your place.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work 9 July 2007
I was lucky enough to start my Martina Cole reading with such great books as The Know, Ladykiller, The Take & Broken. Whereas those were page-turning, all-action books Ms Coles last two installments (The Graft & Close) were quite disappointing and both were disappointing for the same reason. While both had the usual formula of hard men, tragedy and retribution I feel that Cole spent way too much time focusing on the thoughts and feelings of every character and not enough time on developing the story and moving it along. Quite a big chunk of the pages could have been omitted and nobody would have noticed. The story was there, the characters were there.....I just feel the final product was lacking. Having said that I did enjoy seeing how the lives of the characters changed over the years. But there just wasn't any depth to the story really. The Lance issue was as plain as the nose on your face so couldn't even been classed as a twist yet it went on and on and on. There was definitely some serious repetition and that in itself was driving me insane. But it was worth a read.....I just wouldn't recommend it as a must read.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Close 6 Aug 2007
Meet Lily. Lily is the wife of London gangster Patrick Brodie, and the mother of a tribe of children fathered by several men.
CLOSE follows the story of two generations of the family living in the violent gangland world of London from the 1960s through to the nineties.

CLOSE follows the fortunes of the family by chronicling Lil's life. Born into a poor household with indifferent and sometimes neglectful parents, Lil meets Patrick at the age of fifteen and is married to him by sixteen. Lil's status rises with Patrick's success in the underworld and falls again upon his murder at the hands of rivals.

This is a case where the author would have been well served by using the "less is more" philosophy. For example, three pages are devoted to Patrick's infidelities, when he's unfaithful, his attitude towards the women, how his wife feels about him cheating. It's just too much. One paragraph would have been sufficient. Another instance is the murder of Patrick on his son's birthday. Men rush into the house and repeatedly stab and beat him to death in front of his wife and children. The author relates this event, and then proceeds to retell it from the point of view of several people present. The problem with this is that she is merely restating the same thing with slightly different wording. The reader is offered no new insights into the event. Handled differently, it could have been a brutally stunning passage. However any impact the violence might have had is dulled by this heavy handed overkill.

Author Martina Cole seems to know about the sub-culture of which she writes, and the story could give the reader a real glimpse into this culture of crime.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Atrocious 12 Mar 2007
I was a huge fan of Martina Cole, but am totally disappointed by this book. If I hadn't know better I would have thought it was written by someone else. There is so much unneccessary text and repetition that the book could have easily been told in half as many pages. Cole should work on the basis that if you haven't got anything good to write about - don't write anything. Then fans won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars FLATLINED WHILE READING "CLOSE" 4 Sep 2007
First and last book of Martina Cole's to land in my reading pile. Boring, tedious, I forced myself through it to page 121, somewhere near the top and mid-sentence, when I could not justify wasting my life on it any longer. Flat characters, grey imagery, poorly written - I flatlined while reading it.

I've kept or given to libraries nearly every book I've ever read (shelves and shelves of them). "Close", however, was that rare bad choice of book that ended in the bin. (Well, it's not entirely without honor then, is it?)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by R. Rees
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
Bit slow to begin with, but really good book - it even made me cry at one point and there's not many books that can can have that effect in me!
Published 6 days ago by Vicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good read another Martina Cole book
Published 8 days ago by susan thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars I have never written a book review before but, ...
I have never written a book review before but,as I struggled to get more than halfway through this book I thought I would . Was this really written by Martina Cole? Read more
Published 23 days ago by lynne davies
1.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed by this book i have read a lot ...
Not impressed by this book i have read a lot of her work and usually can't put it down but didn't even finish this book.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs E J Woodhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love her books. Great read.
Published 1 month ago by Loulou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cant get enough of her books (Highly recommend)
Published 1 month ago by Mr. E. Metcalf
4.0 out of 5 stars good
good typical cole
Published 1 month ago by David Shaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Found myself skipping huge chunks...
I am a huge Martina Cole fan but I found myself jumping pages and pages just to get to something interesting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Talia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another brilliant book by martina cole
Published 1 month ago by Maggie Lewis
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