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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Headline; Abridged TV tie-in edition
  • ISBN-10: 0755382234
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755382231
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,562,586 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! 8 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having read all the authors available books this is by far the best. A book you can read time and time again. More please!
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 27 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read all Ms Coles books to date and this would have to be the very very best I have read. It had me on the corner of my seat from the very 1st chapter and I read and read and read until the very last word. I was crying my eyes out in the end, so much so that I had to stop for a bit and compose myself before being able to finish this book. A wonderful story, fantastically thought out characters, descriptions that leave you breathless, a touch of humour and a tad of sadness. Left me wanting to re-read this one again and again! Can't wait for her new one to arrive on my doorstep!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More of the same 13 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
Am I alone in finding all of Martina Cole's books written to a pattern?
The same old setting and the characters could be cut out of a child's magazine set. They have no depth or realism - violence and graphic detail are not the same as realism.
She also stretches coincidence to an extreme: as the blurb says on the Runaway when the main characters are parted with one in London and the other in New York "it was inevitable their paths would cross again!" Really? Inevitable? A would be NY small time gangster crossing paths with a homeless London girl he once knew in their distant past. INEVITABLE? Only the way Ms Cole writes them.

Apart from being improbable and predictable (the two are not mutually exclusive,) I find the characters unsympathetic - I really can't bring myself to care much what happens to any of them. I don't think that's my callousness - I think it's because she writes them that way. Even a baddie should have some redeeming features, yet Eamonn seems evil through and through - there's nothing to like, nothing to make you waver. That makes him inhuman. The book is all action driven, with even the dialogue being driven by action: there's very little contemplation, hesitation, or wavering -- the characters seem to come to decisions on the fly. This gives very little opportunity for them to reveal who they really are and what contradictions drive them, what doubts they have, what torments rack their dreams, what terrors makes them sleep with the light on. That way we understand them better. And althoug we might still vote for a sticky end for Eamonn, we would understand it better, and it would be more satisfying and seem more real.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 27 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the first Martina Cole book that I have ever read. Gripping from the beginning and had me hooked. Violent and sad at the same time; never read any thriller that uses our own country's underworld for location, so found it more shocking because of that. Had to keep reading it to find out what would happen next. I can't wait to read the rest of Martina's books.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLINDING !!!!!! 7 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've been desperate to find a decent book which I can bury my head in, trying to get away from all this 30 something trash.
This was fantastic, a true pager tuner, if you don't enjoy this book i'll eat my shorts!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book!! 1 Feb 2006
Format:Paperback
The first of Martina Cole's books that I read and still remains one of my favourites that I find myself going back to again and again. The characters are all very different, but all linked through one character.
Enjoyed this book so much that I've bought all her other ones.
Highly recommended!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought on a whim! 30 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As my title says I bought this book on a total whim - started watching the drama based on the novel recently, got hooked on what happens next so bought the book for kindle. I was hooked after the 1st chapter, as can be usual in situations like this the book is so much better that the tv drama. It was in depth, gritty and an excellent piece of work by this writer. Will definately look at reading something from this author again in the near future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I've recently seen the adverts for the television adaptation of this book and very much wanted to watch it. However, I hate to watch things like that without having read the book first, I find it spoils the book when you do read it. So I decided, they'll probably re-run it at some point - let's read the book.

I've though of reading a Martina Cole book for a while but never got round to buying one. Now I've finally purchased one, I'm hooked. The characters were gripping, the plot full of twists and action and I found myself not wanting to put this book down.

Cathy is an amazing character. She has such spirit, especially considering her upbringing, and I found myself really getting pulled into her world. The characters around her are all so colourful and interesting that I found there was never a dull moment in the book and found myself constantly wanting to read more.

There's a lot crammed into the book but it never feels rushed or as if anything is being skimmed across. At the same time, no time is wasted on unnecessary details. You are told basic background and what you need to know, there's no fluffing to try and make the book longer as is sometimes the case with some authors.

I'm very much looking forward to my next Martina Cole purchase and lets hope that re-run isn't too long coming.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this book down!
I couldn't put this book down..! It was the first Martina Cole book I've read but I'll definitely be reading more. Had me hooked from the first page.
Published 10 days ago by Claire
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
actually bought it for my sister
Published 16 days ago by Visa
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
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Published 27 days ago by Joan Stockton
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story
I bought this book because I had already watched the TV series and often find the book differs from the movie - but it seemed to be the same story line and I was able to follow it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by runner bean
5.0 out of 5 stars superb
This book is that good I've read it about 6 times over and over and never get bored keeps you addicted all the way through
Published 1 month ago by andrea cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The Runaway
Brilliant a hard to put down book first saw the runaway on tv and really enjoyed it Alan Cummings played Desray and i loved her so from then on was hooked . will not dissapoint
Published 2 months ago by jaynee
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Martina Cole
This is another book that is hard to put down, from start to Finish it keeps you on edge not knowing what is going to happen next.
Published 2 months ago by john bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
Very good read . couldn't put it down . recommended to everyone who likes a thriller . one of Martina Cole best
Published 2 months ago by julie pollitt
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
As you'd expect from Martina Cole, gritty, gruesome and empathy for the main character. Read this ages ago but only just decided to add a review I now gave revenge to read! Read more
Published 3 months ago by keelyd
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Loved this as much as Dangerous Lady and Mauras Game!!!! Definitely recommend!!! So many characters and I didn't get bored with any of them!
Published 3 months ago by willow
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