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Faceless by [Cole, Martina]
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No one writes about East End women and their vagaries like Martina Cole (Maxim Jakubowski, Murder One)

'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 (the Guide)

'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)

'Right from the start [Cole] has enjoyed unqualified approval for her distinctive and powerfully written fiction' (The Times)

Intensely readable (Guardian)

'Martina Cole explores the shady criminal underworld, a setting she is fast making her own' ( Sunday Express )

'Utterly compelling' ( Mirror )

'The story will grip you from the first pages' ( Best )

'Gritty novel from an author who knows intimately the world she writes about' ( Express )

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A terrifyingly gripping thriller of East End violence and corruption


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1619 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3EI4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 422 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,513 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I was lucky enough to start my Martina Cole reading with such great books as The Know, Ladykiller, The Take & Broken. Whereas those were page-turning, all-action books Ms Coles last two installments (The Graft & Close) were quite disappointing and both were disappointing for the same reason. While both had the usual formula of hard men, tragedy and retribution I feel 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 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. Having said that I did enjoy seeing how the lives of the characters changed over the years. But there just wasn't any depth to the story really. The Lance issue was as plain as the nose on your face so couldn't even been classed as a twist yet it went on and on and on. There was definitely some serious repetition and that in itself was driving me insane. But it was worth a read.....I just wouldn't recommend it as a must read.
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Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Martina Cole writes so well about crime because she writes so well about people. Her characters make her books come alive, and FACELESS is possibly her best novel yet, with Marie Carter (initals 'MC', like the author, a coincidence?!) an intriguing but flawed heroine.
Martina Cole knows crime, she knows women, and she knows London which makes her books far better than the phoney 'Gangster Glam' portrayed in films like Lock, Stock. Here we see the horrible effects of crime and injustice, and the courage it takes fight against it. All in all, the most realistic city crime/thriller since Dexter Dias's superb 'Power of Attorney'. There's much in common between the two books, not least that both authors know what they are writing about. On balance I would have to say that 'Faceless' just shades 'Power of Attorney' for my fave unputdownable read of the year - but only just! Can't recommend them too much.
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Format: Hardcover
I am such an ardent fan/reader of Martina Cole, every one of her books has been in my hands since her very first, I cannot wait for her new books to be finished and I count off the days till the new one hits the shelves. But who wrote "The Close" was it a Martina Cole clone, it was such a dissapointment almost a repeat from all her previous books. The same lines and events were repeated over and over again (from previous stories). Some of the language had absolutely no representation to the story it seemed just for effect at times and the violence will give some very good ideas to some nasty people. The story had no substance it just seemed to go on and on with words to fill pages. So many authors in the past have written books on their names "too big or their boots" comes to mind. Please, please Martina you have so much talent don't let this happen with you. You can write white knuckle, gripping, fantastic books that we are all unable to put down (unlike this one which sent me to sleep after one page)so please don't let "Gangland" rule you so much - you are worth so much more that that. "Two Women" was the best I have ever read but Close was like walking through mud. Get back to your roots girl "PLEASE" otherwise Mandasue Heller will be taking your place.
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Format: Paperback
This book is absolutely FANTASTIC!! Another thriller from Martina! I received this book on a Saturday and finished it Sunday Night - I just could not put it down!!
The portrayal of all the characters is not only realistic - but viciuos, meaty and horrific.
If real-life east-end gangsters is your thing then I STRONGLY recommend you buy this book.
Martina Cole at her finest!
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Format: Paperback
WOW what a book. I lost two days of my life reading this book. Excellent story line I felt for the main character and the ending won't let you down. I will now read all of Martina's books.
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Format: Paperback
I had never read any books by Martina Cole before this one and I couldn't put it down.
Her unique way of describing all the characters made you feel that they were personally known. I think that I must have gone through every emotion whilst reading this book. One minute crying and the next,laughing.
This may well be fiction but nevertheless totally believable and you can't help thinking in several parts of the book, 'there but for the grace of God go I'.
Although the language is very strong at times, it is completely in context of the storyline and should not be offensive to any reader. If you have read other books by Ms Cole than I am sure that you know what to expect!
I am in the process of collecting all her books. She is simply the best. I feel privilaged to have the ability to read and for anyone who has trouble with words, get help as if you don't read Martina Cole's books you will not have lived!!
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Format: Paperback
Meet Lily. Lily is the wife of London gangster Patrick Brodie, and the mother of a tribe of children fathered by several men.
CLOSE follows the story of two generations of the family living in the violent gangland world of London from the 1960s through to the nineties.

CLOSE follows the fortunes of the family by chronicling Lil's life. Born into a poor household with indifferent and sometimes neglectful parents, Lil meets Patrick at the age of fifteen and is married to him by sixteen. Lil's status rises with Patrick's success in the underworld and falls again upon his murder at the hands of rivals.

This is a case where the author would have been well served by using the "less is more" philosophy. For example, three pages are devoted to Patrick's infidelities, when he's unfaithful, his attitude towards the women, how his wife feels about him cheating. It's just too much. One paragraph would have been sufficient. Another instance is the murder of Patrick on his son's birthday. Men rush into the house and repeatedly stab and beat him to death in front of his wife and children. The author relates this event, and then proceeds to retell it from the point of view of several people present. The problem with this is that she is merely restating the same thing with slightly different wording. The reader is offered no new insights into the event. Handled differently, it could have been a brutally stunning passage. However any impact the violence might have had is dulled by this heavy handed overkill.

Author Martina Cole seems to know about the sub-culture of which she writes, and the story could give the reader a real glimpse into this culture of crime.
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