Is The Graft
up to Martina Coles usual standard? The unarguable success of her sizable tally of crime novels must be a source of envy to other practitioners. Almost from the beginning, she has gleaned praise for her gritty and pungent fiction. Even the very ordinary TV adaptations of such books as Dangerous Lady
stripped no lustre from her reputation, when novels as good as The Know
flowed from her pen. Her prose style is always pared down and vivid--which is, thankfully, still very much the case with The Graft
Nick Leary is having trouble sleeping, what with sultry heat and business and family problems weighing on his mind. His wife is sleeping beside him, when he hears a noise downstairs--and soon he has to decide how much violence he will use to defend his home and family. The decision he makes is to change his life forever. Nick and his wife are taken to the very extremes of human behaviour--and he is obliged to decide how high a price he will pay to keep what he values most.
As ever, Cole exerts an effortless grip throughout her unsettling narrative. Were used to her exuberantly characterised heroines, but the beleaguered Nick shows thats shes just as on-the-nail with her male characters. The edgy plotting has the kind of no-nonsense handling that is Cole's métier. Perhaps a touch more psychological strip-mining of her protagonists would have deepened her achievement, but what the hell--all the right buttons are pressed here.--Barry Forshaw
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'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 'No one writes about East End women and their vagaries like Martina Cole' -- Maxim Jakubowski, Murder One 20020329 '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 20020329 'Right from the start [Cole] has enjoyed unqualified approval for her distinctive and powerfully written fiction' -- The Times 20020329 'Intensely readable' -- Guardian 20020329 'Martina Cole explores the shady criminal underworld, a setting she is fast making her own' -- Sunday Express 20020329 'Utterly compelling' -- Mirror 20020329 'The story will grip you from the first pages' -- Best 20020329 'Gritty novel from an author who knows intimately the world she writes about' -- Express 20020329
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