Utterly compelling, HARD GIRLS is a gripping and disturbing thriller that will have you hooked until the very last page.
Hard lives, hard lessons, it's murder on the streets in Martina's latest.
When a prostitute s body is found lifeless, mutilated and brutally raped, DCI Annie Carr has never seen anything like it and never wants to again. Kate Burrows, retired DCI now consultant, has plenty of experience when it comes to murder after all she caught the Grantley Ripper and broke the biggest paedophile ring in the South East. She is determined to help put the killer behind bars. But whoever it is won t be easily caught. And when another girl s body is found, even more horrifically disfigured than the last, it s clear the killer is just warming up... In a ruthless world where everyone s out for themselves, Annie and Kate must dig deep if they hope to catch a callous serial killer who knows no limits and makes no mistakes. For some, prostitution is seriously big business. But how many people will pay the ultimate price?
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
Right from the start [Cole] has enjoyed unqualified approval for her distinctive and powerfully written fiction - The Times
Intensely readable - Guardian
Martina Cole explores the shady criminal underworld, a setting she is fast making her own - Sunday Express
Utterly compelling - Mirror
The story will grip you from the first pages - Best
Gritty novel from an author who knows intimately the world she writes about - Express
Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama with more than twenty novels to her name, of which over a dozen have been No.1 bestsellers.
Several of Martina's novels have been adapted for the screen, including The Take and The Runaway which were shown on Sky 1 to remarkable reviews. In addition, Two Women and The Graft have been adapted for the stage; both were highly acclaimed when performed at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which also staged Dangerous Lady in 2012, celebrating twenty years since Martina's debut novel was published.
Martina Cole is a phenomenon. She continues to smash sales records with each of her books, which have sold thirteen million copies. In 2011 Martina surpassed the 50 million sales mark since records began and was the first British female novelist for adult audiences to achieve this - and she has spent more weeks in the No. 1 slot on the original fiction bestseller list than any other adult novelist. Her hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing is in a genre all its own - no one writes like Martina.