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Hard Girls

Hard Girls [Kindle Edition]

Martina Cole
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)

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Martina Cole is not so much a publishing phenomenon (although she is certainly that) as a something of a force of nature. Though the sales of her tough East End-set novels are the envy of many a writer, and despite her punishing work regime (from the regularity of her publication schedule, it doesn't appear that she ever takes a holiday), the standard of her writing is always consistent: direct and no-nonsense. She writes about men and women who are prepared to bend the rules in the most uncompromising fashion, and it's clear that this technique strikes a chord in many a reader; we may lead law-abiding lives, but we can't deny that those who step outside the strictures of society hold a grim fascination. She has an unerring ear for dialogue and everyday speech, and it is this (as much of her in-your-face storytelling) that gives her books such an impact. Since her debut novel Dangerous Lady in 1992, there has been a steady stream of equally forceful books, of which the latest is Hard Girls

The murdered body of a prostitute is discovered, grotesquely mutilated and sexually assaulted. The condition of the body is a shock even to DCI Annie Carr -- a woman who has no illusions about life. Kate Burrows once held down the same job as Annie, but is now retired and acting as consultant. Kate is a woman who has plenty of experience when it comes to capturing murderers (the Grantley Ripper was one of those she tracked down), and took on a paedophile ring in the southeast. Kate takes on the task of helping to catch a sadistic killer, and working with Annie Carr, the two women realise that they will have to move into different territory -- territory that will be a challenge even to these two experienced police women.

Fans of Martina Cole (and they are legion) know exactly what to expect from her, and she delivers here as unswervingly as ever. And if you’re the kind of reader who is made uncomfortable by being forced to sympathise (or at least understand) protagonists who are on the wrong side of the law, Hard Girls is a book for you, with its two powerfully realised female copper heroines. Don't be surprised if (as in the recent TV adaptation of The Take) filmmakers come calling at Ms. Cole’s door over this one: this is a book which is simply crying out to be filmed. --Barry Forshaw


'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)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (29 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075532868X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755328680
  • ASIN: B002VHI8GS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A real let down... 29 Dec 2010
What a poor and disappointing read!
Having read a few of Martina's earlier ones - and found them quite realistic and gritty, this was a real load of rubbish by comparison.
The dialogue was awful- I even attempted saying some of it out loud, to see if it sounded better - NO !The the story line was slow, repetitive and to be honest fairly unbelievable.
I had spotted the twist by a third of the way through the book.
Shake yourself up Martina - this is very poor indeed!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1st Ever Martina Cole Read 27 Feb 2011
I was given this Martina Cole book, and I was intrigued as I had never read a Martina Cole book and she is a huge bestselling author. After reading this book I can only assume that the person that had off loaded it onto me simply didn't like me or couldn't be bothered to make the trip to the charity shop.

It is dire. And completely unbelieveable. On the sleeve, it is described as 'gritty' and praises Cole's use of applicable language. Using the F word on practically every page, sometimes 10 times a page, does not make it 'gritty', just tedious. The characters also seem to be identical, speaking and acting with exactly the same mannerisms whether they are criminals or police. Do you know any policemen/women that refer to themselves as 'the filth' over and over everyday?

Towards the end of the book the author appears to wish to come to the end as much as I did, as the characters seem to become physic, refering to events they were not previously aware of. In true rushed endings...the killer is discovered, caught and the good guys drive off into the sunset...all in little more than a paragraph.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute rubbish! 6 April 2011
By Paul
I have read all her books and the earlier books were great. But her latest books this one are terrbile. What's wrong with Martina Cole? Doesn't she care anymore about her readers because going by this book she not only not cares about her loyal fans but is sticking up 2 fingers at us.
Hard Girls was the worst read of the lot. It was just so repetative. If I had sent this book in for appraisal it would of been thrown back at me and rightly so.
In case you haven't read this book it goes along these lines. 'The room was dark. Perhaps this is because it was night time that is was so dark. The room was even darker with no moonlight. There was no moonlight and because of this it was very dark. Inside the room was even darker though...' And so on... Total rubbish and am pleased I didn't waste my money on buying this book. It was a present, and perhaps the worst present I have ever had.

Just in case you were wondering, no, I didn't like this book at
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother......... 29 Mar 2011
By rubyred
what a complete load of rubbish. I really don't know how Martina Cole has the nerve to sell such tosh, she has gone from being one of the very best to quite possibly the worst author I've read.

The plot is weak, repetative rambling about nothing. Her previous few books have fared no better. Don't waste your money on this tosh. I will never buy her books again.

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn!! 25 Mar 2010
By Doodles
Well you could very easily tear out 80% of the pages of this book and it wouldnt make any difference to the story, there were pages and pages of rambling which had no real bearing to the story. It was glaringly obvious from very early on who the killer was. Ive always read any book that Martina Cole has written for the pace and descriptive writing that she is known for but in this case it was missing.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed.... 17 Nov 2009
By Raquel
I have just finished reading this book and was really keen to see if Martina had recaptured some of her old magic sadly lost in The Take, the abismal Faces and The Business, which I didn't even read the reviews were so bad.
Unfortunately either Martina doesn't pay any attention to the opinions of her loyal fans of she has just become complacent and believes she can sell us any old rubbish.
The plot was very weak with a very obvious "twist" at the end that any idiot could see coming from page one. There was no pace and very little depth of character. Like other readers I was disappointed that the language had been cleaned up - Martina even felt the need to explain a lot of her underworld terminology which was very frustrating as anyone who reads a Martina Cole novel doesn't need it explaining and it really slowed the already very minimal action down. Like Faces and The Take, Hard Girls was very repetitive, with sentences being repeated only with a few words presumably "thesaurus"-ed and changed around. The worst thing for me though apart from the weak storyline, unsympathetic characters and lack of real grittiness was the unbelievable dialogue. It didn't sound like the kind of language you would expect between east end gangsters and prostitutes, especially not when you compare it to her earlier books and lacked any real punch. I couldn't believe in what the characters were saying and therefore I couldn't really believe in them and I wasn't actually that bothered what happened to them. Not one of them was particularly likeable and she seemed to change major aspects of a characters personality whenever it suited her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
WARNING *Spoilers*

I was quite enjoying this book, but didn't take me long to realise that the murderer may not be a man and from that point on my interest slipped. Read more
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I absolutely love all Martina Cole,s books, although one thing is beginning to annoy me. When she first started writing (and I have got everyone of her books), she just wrote... Read more
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Big fan of martina cole and this one was no let down, great story and written fab as always :-)
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I did like martina coles writing the stories were very good but the f language was too much I dint mind reading a bit with swearing but this woman doesn't know how to stop . Read more
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