2 Martina Cole books ? The Business & The Family
The Business (paperback) - Imelda Dooley is scared. Really scared. She?s played hard and fast and now she?s been caught. She?s pregnant and 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 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 the little girl can do is look after her baby brother, Kenny, and try not to draw unwanted attention to herself. Set in the heart of London 's criminal world, from the tail-end of the seventies up until the present-day, THE BUSINESS is a gritty, disturbing and haunting tale of drugs, prostitution and a young girl?s fight for survival ? against all the odds.
The Family (hardback) - Phillip Murphy is a family man. He worships his old mum; he takes care of his siblings who help run his business empire in Southend; he dotes on his young sons who will one day take over the reins. And then there's his wife and saviour Christine, who he loves with a vengeance. To Phillip Murphy, family is everything. Christine has always understood this about her husband; it was one of the things that first attracted her to him. But there is another side of Phillip, and it's a side he never wanted his wife to see. Though, even if she did, could she do anything but stand by him? Because Phillip has rules, and he expects loyalty from his nearest and dearest. Once you're in the family, you're in it for life.
Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of fourteen novels set in London's gangland, and her most recent three paperbacks have gone straight to No. 1 in the Sunday Times on first publication. Total sales of Martina's novels stand at over eight million copies.