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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New Ed edition (20 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747267669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747267669
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 17.7 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,394 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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Is The Graft up to Martina Cole’s 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. We’re used to her exuberantly characterised heroines, but the beleaguered Nick shows that’s she’s 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'There's some fascinating vernacular. The author is taking the reader into Irvine Welsh territory and beyond' Daily Telegraph, 4/12/04 (Daily Telegraph)

'A touch of the Tony Martins as Cole thrashes out the repercussions with very little guile but all the usual gumption' Mirror, 15/10/04 (Mirror)

'Her gripping plots pack a mean emotional punch, and this latest is no exception' Mail on Sunday, 17/10/04 (Mail on Sunday)

'Martina Cole deals with a gritty contemporary subject in an intelligent and compassionte way that's bound to make you think' Daily Express, 16/7/05 (Daily Express)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By O. Doyle on 11 April 2007
Format: Paperback
The Graft is my fifth Martina Cole book after reading The Take, The Ladykiller, The Know and Broken. While my first 4 Martina Cole books had me gripped from page one I have to agree with others before me.....The Graft wasn't up to Cole's usual standard.

The story starts with the death of a local villain who is killed while trying to burgle the house of local hardman Nick Leary. Nick becomes the hero of the hour after `doing what anyone would have done' when faced with a local thug with a gun in his house in the middle of the night. While everyone applauds Nick for protecting his own Nick is having trouble dealing with what he's done. For a man who maims and kills in the course of his every day why should the death of a villain like Sonny Hatcher upset him so much? That's where the real story lies.

While The Graft had the usual formula of hard men, tragedy and retribution I too felt that Cole spent way too much time focusing on the thoughts and feelings of every character and not enough time on developing the story and moving it along. Quite a big chunk of the 700-odd pages could have been omitted and nobody would have noticed. The story was there, the characters were there.....I just feel the final product was lacking. Disappointing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pete UK VINE VOICE on 24 July 2006
Format: Paperback
I forced myself to the very end of this book; I naively assumed that it had to improve at some point or no-one else would have read it either. It didn't.

A smattering of rather forced underworld argot and lots of violence don't make a novel. You need some characters you care about. The entire collection between the covers of this book combined had less depth than Ronald McDonald.

I have seen this phenomenon before. Television - and the lure of film rights - have encouraged a new breed of author that write strings of action-oriented visual cliches, not novels. I think this is a sketch for a not-very-good TV miniseries - a bit of soap opera and a bit of "hard" crime drama in equal measure.

But it's not really worth an academic debate about how good or bad it is. It's just that there are so many better things to read that I am irritated I wasted the time I did on this one.

We all have our own tastes. This may be a rivetting read for you. But if you reach, say, page 3 and are beginning to wonder if it is going to be worth it, the short answer is probably "no". Sorry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrsM on 12 July 2010
Format: Paperback
I've always enjoyed Martina Cole's work, but it is plainly obvious that she realises that she has made a name for herself, and as such she can sell any old rubbish so long as her name is on the front. She has clearly run out of ideas, and has no problems getting loyal fans to pay for any old rubbish she manages to churn out. This book was very poorly written with a very shallow plot, very shallow characters. It is boring, and there's nothing original about it at all. I will not be buying any more of Martina Cole's books, I'm that disappointed with this lame offering.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because it was a top 10 bestseller, although I can honestly not understand why. Why dialogue was cringeworthy and there was no substance whatsoever to the characters, it was clear Martina Cole had not taken the time to research her characters effectively. Perhaps she was trying to make the characters 'juicy' or a bit more extreme than real life, but the result was embarrasing.
I worked my way through the book in vain hope that the plot may improve but was disappointed throughout. The storyline was there... and there were original twists, but unfortunately the scripting that went with the storyline was dreadful.
I certainly won't be buying another book by Martina Cole. There is nothing memorable about her writing. This is a book to stay on the shelf and collect dust.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sloane on 17 July 2006
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I have to admit I gave up on this book about 1/3 through. It is coarse, slow and unappealing. The plot plods along. The characters are cardboard cliches who are unattractive. She wants to be gritty and hard-hitting but it comes across as forced and unnatural. Very disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Night Worker on 2 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you have read any other Martina Cole novels then dont bother with this one! The format, characters and storyline are basically the same as all of her other books. Hard men and women drinking, taking drugs and swearing too much! All of her stories seem to run on in this vein and usually end up being all about perverts of one type or another. I found the first couple of her books rivetting but this is just a lot of the same - dont buy it - get it from the library!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Budge Burgess on 31 Dec. 2004
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P>This is the stuff of contemporary politics, with Parliament currently debating what sorts of violence homeowners are entitled to visit on a burglar. But in Martina Cole's world, nothing is ever quite what it seems. Here, the homeowner is a rich, respectable businessman ... but a man whose legitimate building business is paralleled by an even more profitable criminal empire. And the burglar, a young teenage punk, has somehow got past the state of the art alarm system, and is discovered carrying a state of the art automatic weapon.
The young burglar's death sets in motion a chain of reactions as police, press, and, most importantly, the families of the homeowner and the youth try to come to terms with the death.
I read this immediately after reading Martina Cole's first published novel - "Dangerous Lady". The difference in style is astounding. This is a writer who has matured and who has worked at her craft ... really grafted. "The Graft" is a character driven novel. Seedy, loud, graced with language you wouldn't want the vicar to hear, this is a very well structured, very well written, and superbly paced piece of work.
Cole dismembers her characters, explores the ways in which the youth's death unhinge all their certainties and assumptions and brutally chronicles their slide into a range of personal addictions. She strips her people down to the marrow, exposing their shallowness or their strengths. As the characters struggle to understand exactly what has happened and why, they are sucked into a maelstrom of violence. The youth will not be the last to die.
A real page-turner of a novel. Gritty, gripping, a first class and highly entertaining read which I commend to anyone who enjoys a good crime story. Not a whodunit in the conventional sense, more an exploration of human frailty. Excellent!
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