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Imelda Dooley is scared. Really scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders. When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows Imelda Dooley is scared. Really scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders. When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows she must graft to keep the family afloat. And graft she does, becoming a name in her own right. But she still has to watch her daughter's life spiral into a vicious, hate-fuelled cycle of drugs and prostitution. Caught up in the carnage that is Imelda's existence are Mary's adored grandchildren, Jordanna and Kenny. Pretty little Jordanna isn't yet three and she already knows far too much. All she can do is look after her baby brother, Kenny, and try not to draw unwanted attention to herself.

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Imelda Dooley is scared. Really scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders. When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows Imelda Dooley is scared. Really scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this. And it's not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders. When Mary Dooley's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows she must graft to keep the family afloat. And graft she does, becoming a name in her own right. But she still has to watch her daughter's life spiral into a vicious, hate-fuelled cycle of drugs and prostitution. Caught up in the carnage that is Imelda's existence are Mary's adored grandchildren, Jordanna and Kenny. Pretty little Jordanna isn't yet three and she already knows far too much. All she can do is look after her baby brother, Kenny, and try not to draw unwanted attention to herself.

30 review for The Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Cats Mother

    I've enjoyed her previous books, but this one got irritatingly repetitive, and the constant swearing is wearing. She spends so long describing her characters personalities and motivation, over and over again, that if you took that out, there'd only be a 100 pages of actual story. The central character is so unrelentingly awful that I really lost interest and only finished it to find out if the ending was as predictable as I'd thought. It was.

  2. 5 out of 5

    ReaderSP

    What has happened to Martina Cole? I used to LOVE her books and would await eagerly for the next one to be published but I have been left so disappointed with her last few attempts at writing. This story follows Jordanna and Imelda as they battle their way through life. Everything in this book, Martina has written before and I mean EVERYTHING. You can predict exactly what will happen right from the beginning. The repetition is so bad that the book could easily have been reduced by half. I cannot What has happened to Martina Cole? I used to LOVE her books and would await eagerly for the next one to be published but I have been left so disappointed with her last few attempts at writing. This story follows Jordanna and Imelda as they battle their way through life. Everything in this book, Martina has written before and I mean EVERYTHING. You can predict exactly what will happen right from the beginning. The repetition is so bad that the book could easily have been reduced by half. I cannot say how disappointed I am...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bev Taylor

    love your family. hate your enemies. know the business imelda has only two interests - herself and drugs - which she does her utmost to achieve single she finds herself pregnant and this results in her father and the father of her child being killed thru her untruths she has a daughter which she neglects and leaves with her mother only when she wants some money she then has a son but whilst pregnant she kills the possible father and then blames her daughter who is only 3 her mother is once again l love your family. hate your enemies. know the business imelda has only two interests - herself and drugs - which she does her utmost to achieve single she finds herself pregnant and this results in her father and the father of her child being killed thru her untruths she has a daughter which she neglects and leaves with her mother only when she wants some money she then has a son but whilst pregnant she kills the possible father and then blames her daughter who is only 3 her mother is once again left to pick up the pieces whilst taking over her husband's business and running it very successfully set in the heart of london's criminal world it serves up a disturbing picture of drugs and prostitution; people out for themselves; grudges borne and basically a fight for survival this is 500 pages in hardback and quite honestly i found it very hard to get into. for every 100 pages they were all narrative (meaning impossible to really get into the characters as well) with about 4 of dialogue and very drawn out and repetitive for this i would give it 2.5 stars would have been nice to have a normal person. also how did the mother not manage to discover where her husband had secreted his money? bev ps a giveaways competition win

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marg

    I liked the book but it was overly repetative - I only needed to be told once how dumb Imeldas brothers were, once how selfish she was, once how fragile Jordana was and please only once how big Kenny Boy was. did not need to be told every page of every chapter!!!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Livros de Vidro

    Li mais um livro de Martina Cole. Com este "A firma" já são três os livros que li da autora, aqui no blogue tenho publicada a opinião de "Os intocáveis" e li também "Ruas escuras". Posso dizer que é uma autora que tenho gostado de conhecer e tenho-me apercebido que tem muita inclinação por escrever livros policiais/thrillers/ criminais, mas da perspectiva dos criminosos, ou seja, as suas personagens principais são sempre criminosos. Este "A firma" não foi diferente. Com uma escrita que me prendeu Li mais um livro de Martina Cole. Com este "A firma" já são três os livros que li da autora, aqui no blogue tenho publicada a opinião de "Os intocáveis" e li também "Ruas escuras". Posso dizer que é uma autora que tenho gostado de conhecer e tenho-me apercebido que tem muita inclinação por escrever livros policiais/thrillers/ criminais, mas da perspectiva dos criminosos, ou seja, as suas personagens principais são sempre criminosos. Este "A firma" não foi diferente. Com uma escrita que me prendeu e me fez não querer largar este enredo, Cole mais uma vez traz uma trama que mexe connosco. Violenta, crua e sem papas na língua. Assistimos à família Dooley, aparentemente perfeita e inserida no meio criminoso de Londres, no entanto, graças à filha mais nova começa a destruir-se. Imelda, uma jovem intempestiva, arrogante, destrutiva e sem escrúpulos tudo faz para levar a sua ideia avante quer isso custe a vida às pessoas à sua volta quer não. Continuação e classificação: https://livrosdevidro.wixsite.com/liv...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Hmm...this book is difficult for me to rate. The Business was my first introduction to Martina Cole and one of those impulse buys while doing a weekly shop. The story took me a while to get into and I found the setting - the heart of London's gangster culture - disturbing and at times, difficult & unpleasant to read. However, Martina Cole's writing makes it a page turner and it gripped me enough to stay with it until the end. My heart went out to the little two year old Jordanna, and I was hor Hmm...this book is difficult for me to rate. The Business was my first introduction to Martina Cole and one of those impulse buys while doing a weekly shop. The story took me a while to get into and I found the setting - the heart of London's gangster culture - disturbing and at times, difficult & unpleasant to read. However, Martina Cole's writing makes it a page turner and it gripped me enough to stay with it until the end. My heart went out to the little two year old Jordanna, and I was horrified by what she had to witness and go through so early on in her life. I think it's this aspect that made The Business initially such an uncomfortable read because it gives the reader a stirring that this is what life is really like for some people. Whether you like it or love it, Martina Cole has the gift for telling a gritty and unforgettable story. And, yes, I *will* read her books again - but perhaps one that doesn't have such full-on swearing with every character.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    As always, Martina Cole writes with an incredible knowledge of the sad, but extremely lucrative, world of organised crime in London, with it’s violent involvement in protection rackets, drugs, prostitution and various other anti-social behavioural aspects. The author lost many friends in the 70’s and 80’s caught up in heroin addiction, and writes with a passionate approach to the innocent parties (particularly children) who suffer dreadfully as a consequence. Part of the vernacular is rather coar As always, Martina Cole writes with an incredible knowledge of the sad, but extremely lucrative, world of organised crime in London, with it’s violent involvement in protection rackets, drugs, prostitution and various other anti-social behavioural aspects. The author lost many friends in the 70’s and 80’s caught up in heroin addiction, and writes with a passionate approach to the innocent parties (particularly children) who suffer dreadfully as a consequence. Part of the vernacular is rather coarse, which some readers may find offensive, but it captures the environment in which the story is set. My only criticism is perhaps duplication of various phrases and events throughout the book, but this may be deliberate to reinforce the message. I found it an excellent book and recommend it as great reading for anyone who is interested in learning more about this dreadful scene.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yury

    Terrible. Extremely ugly writing in ugly language about ugly people. Author has a single most favourite word (starting with F) which she puts in the random places. I am sure pimps and drug dealers use F-word and others more creatively. Every thought seems to be repeated three times. "She was tired. Really tired. F-ng tired". And then three more after a few pages. Unfortunately I dropped my pocketbook in the sea, so I was stuck with this book picked up in the hotel lobby. Be warned. F-ng bad.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ginny Mcpherson

    Felt it repeated itself over and over again. Storyline was ok but it took 2pages to explain something that could be done well in a paragraph. I have just read reviews from others and have noticed I am not the only person to think this. This was my first Martina Cole book and was not bothered about reading another but maybe I shall now if I believe other reviews, saying this is not like her normally?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Arwen

    I read this straight after 'The Graft' and frankly didn't like it so much. It could easily be 100 pages shorter. I think Martina Cole's strong points are dialogue and action. She doesn't disappoint in either, but there is page after page of character analysis and psychology which I found boring and repetitive. I still enjoyed the book but found myself skipping chunks of it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    Dark and grizzly. Typical Martina Cole. I love them!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aastha

    its a good read. its intense. martina cole is amazing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    100% Martina Cole fans will love this one

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sian

    I think after this book I'm now done with Martina Cole. The first MC book I read was The Ladykiller and I was gripped from start to finish, predictable in places but overall I enjoyed the read. It lead me on to her other books, which to start with were quite good, but now they are all the same, once you've read two or three they start to become the same book. Change the names of the characters and set it in a slightly different part of London and it makes for the same monotonous reading, book af I think after this book I'm now done with Martina Cole. The first MC book I read was The Ladykiller and I was gripped from start to finish, predictable in places but overall I enjoyed the read. It lead me on to her other books, which to start with were quite good, but now they are all the same, once you've read two or three they start to become the same book. Change the names of the characters and set it in a slightly different part of London and it makes for the same monotonous reading, book after book, and The Business is by far the worst of them all. It was boring, predictable, repetitive, and no depth to any of the characters nor storyline. I usually find it hard to part with books even after they've been read as I like to go back to them but as of today every Martina Cole book has been cleared out and donated to a charity shop freeing up shelf space for something more enjoyable.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I was bored to death with this book. I've tried so hard to keep on track, tried so hard to connect with the characters but it just wouldn't come. Everything about the way this was written was overly repetitive. I never once remembered getting intrigued, excited, or any positive emotion wash over me while reading this book and thus I was halfway through it, I decided that I've had enough. I usually don't ever stop midway while I've started a book because I've made it an importance to finish what I was bored to death with this book. I've tried so hard to keep on track, tried so hard to connect with the characters but it just wouldn't come. Everything about the way this was written was overly repetitive. I never once remembered getting intrigued, excited, or any positive emotion wash over me while reading this book and thus I was halfway through it, I decided that I've had enough. I usually don't ever stop midway while I've started a book because I've made it an importance to finish what I've started but I just couldn't go on with this one. And I'm relatively sad that this is the first book of Martina Cole's that I've read because I've heard some good stuff about her other works but I'm pretty sure I won't be picking her up from the bookstores for a long while.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Bennet

    I like this one but with some distance. The story and the characters are very interesting and the writing has its own distinctive style but it could have been half as long and just as good. There are a lot of ways to say things and this writer uses all of them at the same time in the same paragraph. So it was a challenge not to skip any and I didn't.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pam Boardman

    I have read some of her books some time ago and enjoyed them, so I decided to read another one of her books. I was so surprised that this book was awful. It is very long with many long pages repeating over and over. The whole book is about murders, and they seem to get away with killing people. All of the characters were people you would not like to meet.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Maria Ryder

    I forced myself to finish this book. I don't know why the rave reviews, I found it repetitive, dull and predictable. I bought this book and another Martina Cole book from a charity shop on the recommendation of a friend, I am taking them both back to re-donate them without even looking at the second one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Zulfana

    Ceritanya menarik, namun pembawaan dlm penulisannya kurang menarik.. terlalu berbelit diawal, tdk pada intinya, dan bahasanya jyga trlalu berat untuk sebuah novel atau cerita (mungkin karena transleted)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan J. Barrett

    Loved it. Raw and immersive, utterly spellbinding, hard hitting, gritty, frustrating (Imelda is loathsome with absolutely no redeeming factors), and brilliant. Not for the faint hearted. Martina Cole is now firmly on my list of favourite authors.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Well, as in all Cole's books I really enjoyed the story, however the repetition in her latest books can be really annoying.

  22. 5 out of 5

    David Garlant

    Glad to see the word ‘repetitive’ appear in so many reviews. This book could seriously have been cut in half. Dull, dull, dull.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lorna McSorley

    Very repetitive. Nothing really happened. Was overly long.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Lee

    I'm really disappointed with this book. I know with Martina Cole books, they are essentially all the same really, but they are all enjoyable non the less. This however just irritated the heck out of me. It just felt like she was trying to up he word count! It took far too long to get to the point of things. Just went on and on about the same things. It finished it, just to stop reading it basically! Saying that, it wasn't a terrible plot, it was just the way it was written irritated me. Could of I'm really disappointed with this book. I know with Martina Cole books, they are essentially all the same really, but they are all enjoyable non the less. This however just irritated the heck out of me. It just felt like she was trying to up he word count! It took far too long to get to the point of things. Just went on and on about the same things. It finished it, just to stop reading it basically! Saying that, it wasn't a terrible plot, it was just the way it was written irritated me. Could of been about 200 pages shorter, probably more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sridhar Babu

    Author.. MARTINA COLE.. Characters.. Imelda Dooley, Mary Dooley, Gerald Dooley, Jordanna Dooley, Kennath, Basil,Jason Parks, Lance, Jamsie O' Loughlin, Jimmy Baily, PLOT.. This book is a biography, about a wicked n horrible daughter,an unfortunate mother, drug addict and prostitute named Imelda Dooley, her life right from her teens till her death. This book is an excellent compilation of the events happening in the life of Imelda Dooley and how her presence in the Dooley family causes devastation Author.. MARTINA COLE.. Characters.. Imelda Dooley, Mary Dooley, Gerald Dooley, Jordanna Dooley, Kennath, Basil,Jason Parks, Lance, Jamsie O' Loughlin, Jimmy Baily, PLOT.. This book is a biography, about a wicked n horrible daughter,an unfortunate mother, drug addict and prostitute named Imelda Dooley, her life right from her teens till her death. This book is an excellent compilation of the events happening in the life of Imelda Dooley and how her presence in the Dooley family causes devastation, destruction to others. This book is all about Imelda Dooley... The way Imelda Dooley convinces her father,Gerald Dooley a don and debt collector, that she is just a victim in her unwanted pregnancy in teen, schooling age, and falsely accuses her boy friend Jason Parks that he actually raped her to cause the pregnancy, that leading to violent encounter between Gerald,and Jason Parks, killing them both and also Jason's father Timothy. The way Imelda Dooley,a natural born liar, always stretched the truth, and can look in to your eye even when she know..that you know she was lying through her teeth... The way she waved away the little daughter of hers, Jordanna Dooley at the time of her birth, and treated her daughter as a worthless trash and made her daughter a shield, for getting money from her mother Mary Dooley for her drug addict habits. The way She killed Lance Bradford a pimp and Imelda's friend by shooting him, and making little Jordanna to clutch the gun, creating a scene that her daughter shot Lance by mistake and escaping from the police and Law. The way Imelda passed her daughter out to everyone who wanted her and making her an invalid to keep a child inside Jordanna. This book also interestingly narrates the efforts of Mary Dooley , Imelda's mother as a guar dian in showing her love and affection to both Jordanna and her brother Kenny boy, another bastard child of Imelda born out of her prostitution and her buddy ship with pimps. Finally this book ends with Imelda's death in an alley, beaten to death involved in an argument with a drug dealer. Grown up Jordanna finding peace in Religion and her brother Kenny looking after her. MY COMMENT.. There is no such thing called Plot/story in this fiction. No murder investigation or incidents based upon Historical events..nothing.. a narration about Imelda...her role as a daughter, mother and drug addict and how her family suffers in her hands right from her teen age until her death. This book's title( the business) is incorrect. It should be "The family" or simply "Imelda" because there is nothing about business in this book. In short a documentary ..a biography told in the form of story...!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hobby

    Books “BISNIS KOTOR” Judul Asli : THE BUSINESS Copyright © 2008 by Martina Cole Penerbit Gramedia Pustaka Utama Alih Bahasa : Gita Yuliani K. Editor : Widi Lugina Desain sampul : Eduard Iwan Mangopang Cetakan I : April 2014 ; 552 hlm ; ISBN 978-602-03-0319-2 Harga Normal : Rp. 99.000,- Rate : 3 of 5 Pernah tertarik pada sebuah buku gara-gara desain sampulnya ? Biasanya diriku tidak pernha membeli buku hanya berdasarkan ‘sampul’ yang menarik, tapi entah kenapa kali ini, justru itu alasan utama mengapa akh Books “BISNIS KOTOR” Judul Asli : THE BUSINESS Copyright © 2008 by Martina Cole Penerbit Gramedia Pustaka Utama Alih Bahasa : Gita Yuliani K. Editor : Widi Lugina Desain sampul : Eduard Iwan Mangopang Cetakan I : April 2014 ; 552 hlm ; ISBN 978-602-03-0319-2 Harga Normal : Rp. 99.000,- Rate : 3 of 5 Pernah tertarik pada sebuah buku gara-gara desain sampulnya ? Biasanya diriku tidak pernha membeli buku hanya berdasarkan ‘sampul’ yang menarik, tapi entah kenapa kali ini, justru itu alasan utama mengapa akhirnya buku ini ada dalam timbunanku. Sembari berharap, isi di dalamnya sama ‘menarik’ dengan penampilan luar hehehe ... dan setelah lumayan agak lama diperam (memang kegemaranku ‘memeram’ buku sudah mendarah-daging, seperti kurang enak jika tidak disimpan dulu hahaha), akhirnya kini kumulai kisah yang ternyata cukup menantang diriku untuk menuntaskan 500 halaman hanya dalam semalam ... Kisah dibuka tentang kehidupan pasangan Gerald ‘Gery’ dan Mary Dooley, yang sekilas tampak bagai keluarga normal, keturunan Irlandia Katolik yang memegang teguh keyakinan serta prinsip-prinsip kehormatan, dan menjalankan keseharian mereka bersama ketiga putra-putrinya layaknya keluarga terhormat dan terpandang di kalangan berada. Namun bagi mereka yang mengenal dekat sosok gerald – ia adalah pria yang menakutkan, apalagi ia memiliki pekerjaan ‘rahasia’ yang memungkinkan dirinya melakukan kekerasan terhadap orang lain. Gerald adalah ‘penagih hutang’ yang melayani Michael Hannon – figur tokoh setempat yang cukup terkenal sekaligus dianggap sebagai ‘pelindung’ kelompok mafia yang beroperasi di kawasan tersebut. Gerald melibatkan kedua putranya, Gerald Junior dan Brendan sebagai kaki tangannya, namun semua keputusan berada di tangan Gerald, dan Mary berperan sebagai pendamping yang setia serta kompeten, dalam mengatur rumah tangga maupun pekerjaan sang suami. Satu-satunya kelemahan Gerald jatuh pada putrinya seorang, Imelda – si bungsu yang cantik, cerdas sekaligus manipulatif menyadari dirinya sangat dimanja oleh sang ayah. Kecantikan dan kematangan fisik Imelda semakin terlihat bahkan saat ia merupakan remaja belia. Ditambah dengan kesadaran diri bahwa dirinya memiliki daya pikat terutama pada kaum pria, hal ini menyebabkan Imelda mengambil langkah-langkah terlarang yang berbuntut pada masalah dalam keluarganya. about this book, just check my complete review at here : ( http://lemarihobbybuku.blogspot.co.id... )

  27. 4 out of 5

    Nathy R.

    Acabei mais um livro, A Firma da Martina Cole. Está longe de ser o meu livro preferido dela. A Martina, habituou-me a um livro repleto de crimes, da busca de um possível culpado. Normalmente, até engana-me, fazendo com que não descubra o assassino sozinha. Já sei que nunca é o mais óbvio. Se parece que aquele não é o assassino, estão algo está errado. Com estes livros nem sempre a verdade é tão óbvia, era isso que esperava, ao ler este livro. Crimes, crueldade e um pouco de choque da minha parte Acabei mais um livro, A Firma da Martina Cole. Está longe de ser o meu livro preferido dela. A Martina, habituou-me a um livro repleto de crimes, da busca de um possível culpado. Normalmente, até engana-me, fazendo com que não descubra o assassino sozinha. Já sei que nunca é o mais óbvio. Se parece que aquele não é o assassino, estão algo está errado. Com estes livros nem sempre a verdade é tão óbvia, era isso que esperava, ao ler este livro. Crimes, crueldade e um pouco de choque da minha parte. Porque isso para mim é ler Martina. Com este livro fiquei um pouco desiludida. É nítido que se trata de um livro escrito pela escritora que aprendi a apreciar, mas não deixa de ser diferente do que esperava, ao ler algo dela. Se calhar estou a ser um tanto ou quanto injusta, visto que este foi apenas o terceiro livro que li da autora. Este continua a ser um livro sobre o crime nas ruas, drogas e prostituição. Martina foca-se em escrever sobre o mundo do crime, mostra como é viver do crime em Londres. Só que desta vez foi mais um engonhar de situações. O livro avança mas não a ritmo esperada. É muito soft comparado com os outros que li. Imelda é uma das personagens principais deste livro, o livro gira em torno dela e da sua família. É uma prostituta e drogada que está sempre a pensar na maneira de arranjar o próximo chuto, é viciada em heroína. Tudo em que troca é automaticamente distruido. Primeiro o seu pai, que sendo alguém influente no mundo do crime, quer vingar a atual situação da sua filha. Está gravida. Diz a quem quer ouvir que foi violada. Apenas ela e o pai acreditam na mentira, só eles. Não lhe interessa se está a "matar" um inocente. Apenas não estava a contar que o pai fosse assassinado também. Imelda acumula mortes e vidas que destrói. É desprovida de sentimentos, nem mesmo pelos filhos consegue ter qualquer tipo de sentimentos. Usar as pessoas a seu belo prazer é seu mantra. Pobre da filha, que sendo mulher e a mais sacrificada. O livro gira em torno da vida dos criminosos, ou melhor desta família que é destruída a cada virar de página. Faltou muito do que aprendi a apreciar nos livros da Martina. Espero que que Os Intocáveis seja muito melhor do que este livro. Consegui apreciar o livro, mas faltou o que levou-me a comprar 4 dos livros desta escritora. Faltou ser um policial com um toque crueldade do mundo do crime....

  28. 5 out of 5

    David Roberts

    I am reviewing the novel The Business by Martina Cole which is an excellent thriller which I bought from a local secondhand bookstore. This is the 1st novel I have read by Martina and I am very impressed with it. Apparently one of her novels, The Family was the biggest selling hardback novel of 2010 so obviously she must be pretty good. I think her novels are based in Britain, probably London, and they're quite gritty urban thrillers. There's quite a bit of violence and there is a lot of gangste I am reviewing the novel The Business by Martina Cole which is an excellent thriller which I bought from a local secondhand bookstore. This is the 1st novel I have read by Martina and I am very impressed with it. Apparently one of her novels, The Family was the biggest selling hardback novel of 2010 so obviously she must be pretty good. I think her novels are based in Britain, probably London, and they're quite gritty urban thrillers. There's quite a bit of violence and there is a lot of gangsters. The plot is a loanshark lends money to people and unknown to him his collectors make his customers pay double, pocketing half & use his fearsome reputation. His daughter has become pregnant by a man who has been unfaithful to her. She makes out he raped her & her father murders the alleged perpetrator & his father. Also the crime boss her father works for murders her father, after a disagreement stemming from the allegation. Anyway she has the baby which makes a lot of people including her mother think she must have lied. She gets heavily into drugs and goes from one bad news boyfriend to another. She gets a job as a prostitute and works her way into running the brothel. The owner is careful not to allow underage girls to work for him because the penalties are too great. She behind his back starts employing underage and he finds out so he makes sure she is busted and sent to jail. Meanwhile she has 2 children who are brought up by their grandmother. They both gradually turn to drugs and crime. Their mother gets out of jail but goes back to peddling under age prostitution. Most of this book is set in the 70's but continues up to the present day. You can probably tell it's a bit of a bitter sweet tale. I really enjoyed it and it's a fantastic book.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Best Crime Books & More

    Being a huge Martina Cole fan, I was looking forward to this book. However, although the book itself was well written the story lacked any kind of ooomph. The story bases itself around the Dooley family. Imelda is the daughter of Mary who is possibly the most awful character anybody could read about. This story centres itself around her relationship with her son and daughter, Kenny and Jordanna. This story started off really well but never seemed to take speed. It almost felt like the author cou Being a huge Martina Cole fan, I was looking forward to this book. However, although the book itself was well written the story lacked any kind of ooomph. The story bases itself around the Dooley family. Imelda is the daughter of Mary who is possibly the most awful character anybody could read about. This story centres itself around her relationship with her son and daughter, Kenny and Jordanna. This story started off really well but never seemed to take speed. It almost felt like the author couldn't think of a decent plot to make it interesting, so the line of storytelling becomes a little bit repetitive. I finished the book which is why I scored it 2 out of 5 but with the competition as fierce as it is now she will struggle if she keeps producing stories like this.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    Good story idea, awful writing. Having previously enjoyed a couple of Martina Cole mini-series on TV, I bought this book on impulse, having a few hours to kill, from the bargain rack in WHSmiths. I'm very glad I didn't pay more than £2 for it. The book could have been half the length and I'd still have read the same thing over and over far too many times. It's lacking detail in anything other than the constant hashing over of the unlikeable characters personalities and by the last third I was stru Good story idea, awful writing. Having previously enjoyed a couple of Martina Cole mini-series on TV, I bought this book on impulse, having a few hours to kill, from the bargain rack in WHSmiths. I'm very glad I didn't pay more than £2 for it. The book could have been half the length and I'd still have read the same thing over and over far too many times. It's lacking detail in anything other than the constant hashing over of the unlikeable characters personalities and by the last third I was struggling to finish it to a point where I couldn't wait for it to be over. No disrespect to Cole's fans out there but I won't be rushing out to buy another of her books.

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