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Dangerous Lady [Hardcover]

Martina Cole
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10 Sep 1992

Remember the Ryans...? Ducking and diving is a way of life down Lancaster Road; all the Ryans are at it. But Michael, the eldest, has ambitions way beyond petty crime. At first, his little sister Maura, turns a blind eye to her beloved brother's misdeeds. Then Maura decides to join the family 'firm'.

No one thinks a seventeen-year-old girl can take on the hard men of London's gangland, but it's a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she's tough, clever and beautiful - which makes her one very dangerous lady.


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (10 Sep 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747206147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747206149
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 14 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,389,651 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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No one writes about East End women and their vagaries like Martina Cole (Maxim Jakubowski, Murder One)

'A powerful novel that pulls no punches... Cole has an ear for the vernacular of the East End, as well as an ability to portray the viciousness of life at the edge' the Guide ( Guide )

'Cole is brilliant at portraying the good among the bad, and vice versa, so until the very end we never quite know who to trust. This is the very stuff that makes her so compelling' (Daily Mirror)

'Right from the start [Cole] has enjoyed unqualified approval for her distinctive and powerfully written fiction' (The Times)

Intensely readable (Guardian)

'Martina Cole explores the shady criminal underworld, a setting she is fast making her own' ( Sunday Express )

'Utterly compelling' ( Mirror )

'The story will grip you from the first pages' ( Best )

'Gritty novel from an author who knows intimately the world she writes about' ( Express )

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Martina's explosive first novel, which was made into a top-rated television drama series, is being re-published in hardback to celebrate her 10th anniversary at Headline. The sequel to DANGEROUS LADY, MAURA'S GAME, is due out in the autumn of 2002.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Saga of a criminal family 19 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
Martina Cole attracts quite a lot of press coverage and her books rocket up the best-seller lists. This is her first published novel, establishing something of a pattern. She will revisit this format in later novels, and will bring the heroine (or is that villain) back in a subsequent book ("Maura's Game").
The story, essentially, follows the changing fortunes of the Ryan family, in particular their only daughter, Maura. When we first meet them, it's 1950, and the Ryan's occupy a cockroach infested slum in London's Notting Hill. Mother is about to give birth to yet another child, all her boys waiting outside the bedroom, her good-for-only-one-thing husband out boozing again. This time it's a girl ... and young Maura will grow up to be loved and spoiled by all her brothers.
She'll also grow up to witness her eldest brother, Michael, become king of London's underworld ... and to eclipse him by becoming its empress! In the process, we follow her trials and tribulations, pains and abuses, romance and loss.
Not a crime novel - and certainly not a whodunit - this is really a family saga, covering half a century of the Ryan siblings' rise through the criminal leagues. In places there are some keen observations of working class life, at times there are some dreadful clichés, cardboard characters, and some very obvious plot lines.
At times it's very obviously a first novel - Martina Cole has learned her craft well in the last dozen years or so and has tightened up her writing. The first half of the book is conveyed in a series of episodic snap-shots of the most significant events in Maura's life: once she begins to enter adulthood and assume a role in the family business, it becomes more focussed on her.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a whodunit, more of a family saga 4 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
Martina Cole attracts quite a lot of press coverage and her books rocket up the best-seller lists. This is her first published novel, establishing something of a pattern. She will revisit this format in later novels, and will bring the heroine (or is that villain) back in a subsequent book ("Maura's Game").
The story, essentially, follows the changing fortunes of the Ryan family, in particular their only daughter, Maura. When we first meet them, it's 1950, and the Ryan's occupy a cockroach infested slum in London's Notting Hill. Mother is about to give birth to yet another child, all her boys waiting outside the bedroom, her good-for-only-one-thing husband out boozing again. This time it's a girl ... and young Maura will grow up to be loved and spoiled by all her brothers.
She'll also grow up to witness her eldest brother, Michael, become king of London's underworld ... and to eclipse him by becoming its empress! In the process, we follow her trials and tribulations, pains and abuses, romance and loss.
Not a crime novel - and certainly not a whodunit - this is really a family saga, covering half a century of the Ryan siblings' rise through the criminal leagues. In places there are some keen observations of working class life, at times there are some dreadful clichés, cardboard characters, and some very obvious plot lines.
At times it's very obviously a first novel - Martina Cole has learned her craft well in the last dozen years or so and has tightened up her writing. The first half of the book is conveyed in a series of episodic snap-shots of the most significant events in Maura's life: once she begins to enter adulthood and assume a role in the family business, it becomes more focussed on her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters in a murky world 23 April 2007
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Format:Paperback
The development of the characters in this book is wonderful. You know that they all have evil sides to them, but you still can't help liking them (well most of them anyway!)

I've heard stories about the real 60s gangland environment and it was interesting to read a fictional account of what went on and how it changed over the decades. The author very cleverly bought in references to the Krays and Richardsons and the IRA to make the story seem as real as possible.

The grubby descriptions of day to day life were very vivid, particularly when the family were children and struggling to survive. It should be remembered that a lot of people lived like this without all of the criminality.

This was the first Martina Cole book I had read, it won't change my world and isn't a "great" book but it was a book which I keep reading at every small opportunity and I thoroughly enjoyed. I will read more of her books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story from a great author. 16 July 2001
Format:Paperback
Not much I can add to what's already been written. Martina Cole is without doubt one of the best authors around. This was the second book of hers I'd read and it was every bit as good as Goodnight Lady, I've just started on The Ladykiller and that looks to be another winner. She writes epic tales with gritty realism and likeable characters. This one centres around Maura Ryan, the only daughter of a very large family living in West London. Maura suffers a terrible tragedy which makes her become cold and hard, although there's always still some of the warm innocent girl just under the surface. She joins her eldest brother, Michael, in his West End underworld activities and the two of them gradually take over the whole of London. Martina paints a picture of London where corruption is rife and the political undertones are scary but undoubtedly true.
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a good read kept you guessing. Not as violent as a lot of Martina Cole's books but still a lot of body in it. highly recommended
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