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'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

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Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of sixteen 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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755357787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755357789
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 6.9 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,313,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I was very disappointed in this book, having been totally enthralled in the TV adaptation of The Take, which was brilliantly cast, brilliantly scripted, brilliantly acted, brilliantly directed, and, I thought, based on a presumably brilliant novel.

Hard Girls was boring, predictable, badly written, tedious and I knew who the perpetrator was after their first scene in the book. The author has adopted a short-chapter format - most chapters are two pages or less - and coupled this with an effort to provide a cliffhanger for each chapter. This broke the rhythm of the story and brought an artificiality to the reading that I can only liken to the "fourth wall" in TV: I saw the construction of the story and this stopped me believing in it. In trying to create an atmosphere of hard, callous characters she gives her people words to say that sound mealymouthed and clumsy. I couldn't believe the solution would be so obvious, I also couldn't believe Martina Coles would continue to write so badly throughout. So I kept going and unfortunately it was, and she did.

I will try others of her work, The Take cannot be an accident, but I advise you not to bother with this.
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By elaineb on October 6, 2013
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A great great story
A great ending to dci Kate burrows career
A great love twist
But I did figure out who the murderer was but it was interesting reading about how Kate and her team solved the mystery
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Hard Girls would have to be by far the worse Martina Cole book I've ever read....it would be unrealistic to expect every book by a particular author to be a page-turning, rip-roaring action fest, and I have read one or two that have not been quite as good as I had hoped. I don't actually mind that too much-most of Martina's books that I have read so far have been so gripping and fast-paced that they have more than made up for the occasional dud-However, this book was boring all the way through-I found myself wanting to skip to the next chapter in the hope that something exciting would happen-it seemed like there was no real plot to the story, no twists or turns, no really "hold your breath" moments, just a whole lot of pages filled with "blah, blah, blah" and then a real let-down of an ending. The main thing I'm thankful for is that the cost was around half the price of most of Martina's books, so I did'nt feel totally ripped off. Honestly, there's not one single positive thing about this book that I can think of.
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By Marlene on November 26, 2012
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All of Martina Coles books would get 5 stars from me. I love them so much that I recently started reading them again, and the strange thing is, I didn't remember them, nor how they ended up. They are just so interesting, and every bit as enjoyable the second time around.
Why don't I remember them then? Maybe because I'm an 'old person'. Who cares, so much easier to read again.
Have bought many from Kindle that I didn't already have, and only have 3 more to buy.
Keep up the good work Martina- I might start remembering.
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Another very gritty novel by Martina Cole, I loved this novel, the story is very hard hitting and I should imagine not untrue. This lady knows how to write a book, it keeps you wanting to read more even though it is from a world that may not be known to many of the readers. Always an eye opener
from Martina Cole.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
On a vacation trip, I noted that many Europeans were reading this book. I had to find out why. It was a very good mystery. Reminded me of TEA ROSE by Jennifer Donnelly.
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Format: Paperback
This novel centres around horrific and numerous murders of prostitutes. The `hard girls' are being mutilated and raped, the killer seeming to have an immense hatred for how the girls live their lives and what they stand for. No clues are left behind, the scenes of the murders being thoroughly cleaned and the smell of clinical cleanliness is left hanging in the air. It's the job of Kate Burrows and Annie Carr to find the dirt and catch this killer.

Kate Burrows is a character Martina Cole fans would know from the past. She is supposed to be retired but still consults at the Grantley Police Station. Kate cannot stay away. She lives the job, breathes the job, has a reputation in the job. Kate's working the case with Annie Carr, both women are on the hunt for Grantley's latest killer. Their relationship becomes strained as Kate pulls rank at work and also at home. They do work well together though and build a friendship....a friendship that is tested from time to time.

Patrick Kelly is Kate's `boyfriend' and a well known name amongst the crime scene of Grantley having dealt on the wrong side of the law for years, someone to be feared if you don't play by his rules. He has been involved in pretty much everything but has decided to keep it clean....well cleaner than before anyway. Kate and Patrick's relationship starts to crumble when one of the prostitutes is found murdered in a block of apartments Patrick owns. We follow Kate and Patrick's relationship troubles throughout the book hoping they'll hang on but do they? This is a test neither wanted to eventuate but perhaps knew in the back of their minds would eventually come their way.

I can't say this is Martina Cole's greatest work.
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