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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Brian | 9/21/2013

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

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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.