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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (669 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Martina Cole Narrator: Nicola Duffett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781600242694
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The #1 bestselling novelist in the UK now makes her US debut with a hard hitting story that combines the brutality and deep family ties of The Sopranos with an unparalleled look at the underbelly of London’s gang land.

Patrick Brodie is on the way up. He is a risk-taker like his alcoholic father, and knows exactly how far he is prepared to go to get what he wants. Before long, Patrick has ruthlessly taken out the old guard of the criminal underworld and become a legend in his own lifetime.

The kind of women he is normally attracted to have no foolish dreams of marriage, children, or, God help them, love. But Lily Diamond is different. There’s something about her that has gotten under Patrick’s skin, and all he can think about is making her happy and keeping her safe.

Eventually they settle down and have a family, and grow determined that their children will not have to face the same kind of lives they did. But then, the unthinkable happens, and everything is suddenly, irreversibly changed.

Spanning over forty years in the underbelly of crime, Close is powerful, shocking, unsettling, and utterly addictive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cole, one of the UK’s top-selling authors, brings her gritty brand of crime fiction across the Atlantic, and veteran British actress Nicola Duffett takes on the considerable task of juggling the large cast of characters…The raw creative talent in both the writing and narration remain evident, and dedicated fans of the gangster-on-the-couch concept of The Sopranos will appreciate the motif.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “British crime writer Cole’s first novel to be published in the United States is a gritty exploration of the rise and fall of a peculiarly Celtic mob dynasty.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An AudioFile Earphones Award winner

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tharina | 12/9/2013

    " Someone would think I like Martina Cole by the number of books I read, but sometimes it's the only book you haven't read in a small town library. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret | 11/26/2013

    " Verbose, repetitive, trite and boring. I'll not be choosing any more of her books from the library! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Barks | 10/9/2013

    " Excellent, keeps you interested all the way "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brian | 9/21/2013

    " Lucky it came free. Bad book, bad book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 9/17/2013

    " awesome read....first time I read this author...will get more of her books...authentic storytelling at its best! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geraldine | 9/6/2013

    " This is one of the best books that I have read this year. It spans 40 years of the Brodie family who are "close". They are faces/criminals. I loved Lil, Patrick both Sr and Jr. It was an eye operner regarding crime in UK. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donnamoltobella | 8/29/2013

    " Really Great Book! I loved the by-in with this one. Cole's story telling is amazing. My first and wont be my last. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandra | 3/5/2013

    " Not my kind of book. Too much blood, too much hate, too much italian mafia... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Jesson | 2/11/2012

    " A bit slow I like to be right into a book in the first couple of chapters, was half way through before I got into it then i couldn't put it down "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joyce | 10/8/2011

    " A new author for me and one I could not get into. I spent four days reading the first two chapters and finally realized it was because I really wasn't interested in what was happening to the protagonists. To me, that is a very sad testimony about a novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda at MyShelf | 8/18/2011

    " british mobster. extreme content. {whew} "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Theweebarrell | 9/7/2010

    " I love all martina cole books and this was no different, although a bit slow to start with i got into it as much as i did her others. I would recommend this book and Martina Cole as a author to try "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronnie Jacobs | 7/29/2010

    " Finished on 10 November ok book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Frances | 4/13/2010

    " not the usual page turner, of previous M C books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 9/18/2009

    " This one started off slow....there was a lot of repetition and dragging out the story needlessly. There was a feeling of "just get on with it" at the beginning of the book. It does eventually get going though and it's a page turner as i find most Martina Cole books to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 SocialGirl | 7/18/2009

    " My only complaint about her writings is the language, but I guess it goes with the territory! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 2/10/2009

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

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About the Author
Author Martina Cole

Martina Cole is the number one bestselling author of over a dozen hugely successful novels. Her hard-hitting, uncompromising, and haunting writing makes for an incredible read, and sales of her books now stand at over ten million copies. She is the person who dares to tell it like it really is. Martina is also a businesswoman and occasional television presenter.