- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Harper (27 May 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0007349408
- ISBN-13: 978-0007349401
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Jail Bird Paperback – 27 May 2010
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Praise for Jail Bird:
'Fans of Martina Cole will love this' Teesside Evening Gazette
'Keane's have a grittiness and strong sense of place and character that make them especially compelling' Choice Magazine
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
'Jessie Keane gives us a fascinating insight into the rivalries and lifestyles of those who make fortunes out of a criminal way of life and of the lowlifes that carry out their orders.' Lincolnshire Echo
'Perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Lynda La Plante' Glamour
'Gritty and powerful, Martina Cole fans will love this addictive novel' Closer
'This is the sort of competition Martina Cole could do without and if Keane does hit the No. 1 spot it could be handbags, or more likely knuckledusters, at dawn' The Northern Echo
About the Author
Jessie Keane is the bestselling author of Dirty Game and Black Widow. Her most recent novel, Scarlet Women, the third in the Annie Carter trilogy, shot straight into the Sunday Times bestseller list. Jessie lives in Hampshire.
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Top Customer Reviews
I read her first book and was hooked. Annie Bailey was such a great character and I was fearful that Jessie Keane would follow the all too predictable path that others do of relying too much on a good thing.
After reading all three in the Annie Bailey Series I was even more worried. How on earth could she top her last three books? Not only did I love her style of writing but I fell in love with the characters. How would I feel with a new lead character? Would it be any good or would she fail at the first hurdle? To my absolute relief Jessie Keane is made of sterner stuff. Through my letterbox came her latest offering entitled Jail Bird and I excitedly ripped it from its box and settled myself in for the duration.
Lily King has just been released from prison. She has spent the last 12 years of her life behind bars for the brutal shooting of her husband Leo King. When she is released she is determined to set the record straight. Not only does Lily have to prove she didn't kill her husband, she has to find out who did. She is battling not only Leo's family who want her dead, but her own daughters who can't stand the sight of her.
This book was an absolute corker and I read the book cover to cover in 2 days. It is everything Jessie Keane does but better. We meet a great leading character in Lily, she has guts and determination and is absolutely focused on finding the truth. She has her battles along the way and the characters that make up the King family are right on the money.Read more ›
in two days. such colourful characters, we have all met people
just like them.. cant wait for the next book by Jessie Keane..
The truth is revealed in some tense, highly dramatic final few chapters.
The King's of course are a significant crime syndicate, but this book doesn't really focus on their activities. So, this is a departure from a formula established by the likes of Martin Cole. The background of the family does however allow the author to portray events that would only happen given the underlying criminal background.
Once the highly dramatic conclusion is reached all the loose ends are neatly concluded too. It's a terrific read.
This book is very much in the vain of Martina Cole but not as gritty. The story is good and it did keep me guessing till the end.
For it's content the book was quite mild compared with Ms Coles books but not in a bad way. Yes there is the bad language and the violence but there is a good story too.
Lily King is quite a likeable character and it would be nice to come across her again to see how her life would pan out further. This is a stand alone book which is a shame because although this part if her life is sorted there is room for more.
A very engaging thriller that did keep me guessing and then there was a final twist. Anybody who does enjoy Martina Cole should try Jessie Keane.
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A brilliant book, once started you cannot put it down. Keeps you enthralled all the way from start to finish.Published 6 hours ago by Kindle Customer
I started this book in paperback on holiday and only read a few chapters I brought on my kindle when I got back I have just finishing reading it fantastic book well written Will be... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tracy Goodenough
Fantastic book, gripping storyline.
Never saw the end coming, it was a twist without a doubt
Enjoy your read folks.
A brilliant read. Highly recommend.
Had me gripped from the start and I read it in 2 days! A 'can't put it down' read.