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Jessie Keane
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1 Oct 2009

She was a madam in a brothel, then a gangster’s moll. Now Annie Carter owns the East End of London, and God help anybody that crosses her…

It’s 1970, London, and there’s a killer on the loose.

When gang boss Annie Carter gets a call, suddenly it’s personal. A close friend of hers is the latest victim, and another is in the frame for the murder.

With the hated Delaney gang still causing trouble, and NY mob boss Don Constantine Barolli’s family making no secret of the fact that they hate her, she senses a feud blowing up in all their faces very soon.

To save her old friend, Annie has to try to find out who’s been targeting the girls. Before long she’s diving head-first into the seedy underbelly of the streets.

How long before the killer strikes again? And who will be the next victim?

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (1 Oct 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007274009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007274000
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,642 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.

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Praise for Jessie Keane:

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

‘A cracking story from a great new writer’ Mandasue Heller

‘Sensational, thrilling…the pace never lets up, not for an instant.’ Books Monthly

‘Gritty and powerful, Martina Cole fans will love this addictive novel.’ Closer

‘A fast-paced thriller. Three stars.’ Star Magazine

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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Annie Carter is back with a bang 9 Oct 2009
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Jessie Keane has produced a trilogy of books. They are all running along the crime/thriller end of the market with a strong female lead. We have yet to experience what else she has to bring.

This book is the follow up from book 1 (Dirty Game) and book 2 (Black Widow). Once again Annie Carter is back in London and trying to run her husbands business. It's now the 70's and her arch enemy's the Delaney's are still around and running the brothel that her good friend Dolly runs. When prostitutes start getting killed Annie gets involved, wanting to know who is involved. In doing that she gets herself caught up in the middle of a war and puts her own life at risk. One of close friend's Chris Brown ends up being framed for the murders and Dolly want's to do everything she can to clear his name. Not only does she have to find the culprit, but she is working against her own boys who don't like answering to a woman. She is working at having to prove herself as the Boss and also manage looking after her business along with her young daughter Layla. When Constantine Barolli turns up it complicates the situation even further. He is a dangerous Mob Boss and Annie finds herself fighting off her real feelings for him in an attempt to keep her business at the top. Can she find the real killer before it is too late or will she end up having to identify another young girl?

This book was an absolute corker and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well worth the wait for the final instalment in the Annie Carter books. I didn't put this down once I'd started. The writing style and the fact that you know this is the conclusion keeps you turning page after page. The only negative is what to expect from Jessie Keane next. With her last three books being as good as they have been there are high expectations for the next one. I can't wait!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Good and Really Gripping 25 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
As good as Martina Cole or your money back - that's what it said on my copy although the date for claiming has now run out. Well I wouldn't have needed to claim because I thought it was a corker of a book. Almost like Martina Cole, almost like Mandasue Heller but also quite a lot like Gilda O'Neill's trilogy (Sins of Their Fathers, Make us Traitors & Of Woman Born) which is also well worth a read.

Jessie Keane has a very good way with words and can tell a terrific tale of naughty women and even naughtier men. I'm not going to say anything of the storyline because if you are potential readers of books one and two of the series then you shouldn't know anything of book three ! This story is well planned and well written and I am only sorry that I hadn't read the first two books of this series. If you do like the style of Cole, Heller, O'Neill etc then there is no reason for you not to be totally at home reading Jessie Keanes books. Yes there's a lot of swearing and yes there's lots of violence and disgusting behaviour but that's all part of the excitement of this gripping story. For anyone wanting to read all three in this series in the correct order the first is Dirty Game, the second is Black Widow and the third is this one - Scarlet Women.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing! 26 Feb 2010
By Alison Petrie VINE VOICE
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I ordered this off Vine, started to read it and then discovered that it was the third book in a trilogy so got hold of those first and then started again.

Very gripping and totally unputdownable. Jessie Keane writes at a cracking pace and really absorbs you into the book. It's a contrast of good and evil and, whilst I keep reading that Ms Keane is similar to Martina Cole, I think there is definitely room in the book world for the pair of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nannysprincess 26 Jan 2010
What a corker!I loved Jessie Keane's first two parts of this trilogy and could't wait to devour the conclusion. As an East End girl of the sixties, I could easily identify with the times, even though I wasn't part of the gangster scene. I agree with those people who think that Jessie Keane is better that Martina Cole, although I can see a similarity to Matinas's early novels. This trilogy was a gritty tale of East London in the sixties. It identified all the seedy sides of the villians, prostitutes and ne'r do wells of the time, whilst showing the softer human side of others. I await the outcome of her fourth novel, and only wish it was available immediately. If I have any criticism at all, it was having to wait for each of the books to be released. I would have preferred to have all three books so that I could read one after another. Stay with it Jessie you have a steadily rising fanbase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trilogy of suspense 21 Jan 2013
By Chele
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Yet again another master piece by Jessie Keane. The last in the series of three books and each 1 as good as good as the 1st. A suspense thriller you won't want to put down until you've finished reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read 7 Dec 2009
By Angela Lovelace VINE VOICE
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This book was a real page turner, it got me right from the start and I found it hard to put down. Annie Carter is a "Boss" in a very male dominated profession, she is tough and gutsy and determined. She is caught up in trying to find the murderer of her friend and is dragged into a whole lot of trouble she did not bargain on.

The writing was fast paced and does not lag for a moment. I understand there are other books involving Annie Carter, but the novel stands fine on its own merit. I would definitely read other books by this talented writer. However, if you are disturbed by violence, language or sexual content, things which do not bother me when important to the story, may bother others of a more sensitive nature.

A very good and absorbing read.
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After reading the previous books had to find out what was happening to Annie carter. As with the other books couldn't put this down. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
Jessie Keane at her best! One of a series and as good as it gets. The rest is to come soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Cole
After reading Martina Coles books an thoroughly enjoying them, I found the lastest ones to have much of a sameness about them!! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
This got a five star rating because as always Jessie Keane keeps you wanting to carry on reading. Really good reaf
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another fantastic read from Jessie Keane the 3rd instalment to the Annie Carter saga. loved every page of this book, the next is gonna be ordered right this minute. love it
Published 3 months ago by Phil
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Love it as with all Jessie Keane books & have not been disappointed yet!! Look forward tp more of Jessies stories in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab read
Yet again another fantastic book by Jessie Keane. She is definitely a great author to watch out for in the future.
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