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Product details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (15 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007273983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007273980
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (296 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jessie Keane is the best-selling author of hard-hitting gritty dramas like No 1 Heatseeker Dirty Game, Black Widow, Scarlet Women and Playing Dead - all part of the Annie Carter series - and also Jail Bird starring Lily King, and The Make, starring Gracie Doyle.

NAMELESS, the 1st Darke family story, was published on August 30th 2012.

RUTHLESS, the 5th book in the Annie Carter series, was published August 2013.

LAWLESS, the 2nd book in the Darke family story, is due out in 2014.

For more details go to www.jessiekeane.com

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Review

Praise for Jessie Keane:

‘This is a riveting story, with gutsy, gritty characters and a genuine feel for the period.’ Books Monthly

'Perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Lynda La Plante' Glamour

'Gritty and powerful, Martina Cole fans will love this addictive novel' Closer

From the Author

When did you start writing?
As soon as I could crawl. I drew little figures with balloons floating above their heads, and stuffed the balloons full of words – mostly rubbish words, but it was a start. I then progressed to throwing big words I didn’t understand into any sentence I wrote – ‘mutation’ was a favorite. My English teacher concluded that I was either a talented writer, or slightly disturbed.

Where do you write?
At home, in a tiny corner under the eaves, or in the kitchen while cooking - anywhere the mood takes me, really. What are the pros and cons of being a writer? Pros – getting paid for something you are compelled to do and absolutely love to do. Cons – working-alone anxiety and driving yourself crazy over little details you think you’ve missed.

What writers have inspired you?
Shakespeare, Sue Townsend, Lynda La Plante, Dick Francis. How important is a sense of place in your writing? Extremely important. It sets the tone for the whole book. My first book Dirty Game is set in 1960’s East End London, my second Black Widow in 1970 in the same area. That strong sense of place (and time) is essential.

Do you spend a lot of time researching your novels?
Only after the first draft’s written. Then I go back and research and embellish until it’s perfect.

Do your characters ever surprise you?
Not too often. I’m the referee, they’re the players – I’m there to keep them in order.

How much of your life and the people around you do you put into your books?
Very little. I have a wildly vivid imagination!

How did it feel when you saw your book in print for the first time? Deeply weird, and very delightful. If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing now? I’d either be in a proper job, or banged up, but I guarantee that I’d still be scribbling away and trying to get those scribbles published!

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By D. Whitechurch on 3 Nov. 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this book on a Saturday and everything was on hold-finished the same evening, could not put it down-it was just like Martina Cole's first novels, can't wait for next one. Hurry up Jessie with the next novel!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K Foster on 23 Nov. 2008
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Having been a little disappointed with Martina Cole's past couple of books I decided to give a new author a try. The sticker on the cover stating "As good as Martina Cole or your money back" seemed to draw me in. Once I started reading I couldn't put the book down. Just as others have stated I definitely think the book was as good as Martina Cole's early efforts. I'll be on the look out next year for Jessie Keane's new book.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By textqueen on 11 Oct. 2008
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martina watch out another new kid on the block brill, the book reminds me of the books martina used to write at the beginning as she started out.

this one is really good. I bought it and it had a sticker on the front saying as good as martina cole or your money back. i dont think people will be sending this book back in a hurry.

wel done cant wait for your new one keep them coming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By dons74 on 13 Aug. 2011
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Liked Martina Cole, so I thought i would give Jessie Keane a try. I was not disappointed, it is gripping from start to finish. The main character Annie is both vulnerable and strong and fights for what she believes in. This is a must read if you like this type of book. I have now red all the Annie Carter series and each one is just as good as the first.. It all starts here
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. M. Hawkins on 29 Aug. 2011
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This is one of 4 books about the Carters. I read them all in the wrong order, reading the last one first, then the 3rd one and finally this one and then the 2nd one but it didn't matter as each book has it's own story. It is set in the East End and follows Annie Carter. This book tells how she met her husband who was the head of the Carter family. I couldn't put it down and read the 4 books one after the other. Am now starting on her other books.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Oct. 2008
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I was so excited when I picked this up - it reminded me of Martina Cole in her early days. The book didn't disappoint, I couldn't put it down. There were lots of twists and it wasn't at all predictable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for her next one. If you like Martina Cole, you'll like this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail on 31 Oct. 2008
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Really enjoyed this, and it also reminded me of M Cole's writing when she first started out. Money back guarantee in the back of this book if readers don't enjoy it, I'm going to write and ask to be notified of the release date of her next book! If you like the style of Martina's original books (before she went off the boil) then don't hesitate to read this.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Edith Lyman on 21 Oct. 2008
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Wonderful, gripping, unputdownable. Twist and turns - non predictable.
Pick up this book and put everything else on hold.
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