Set in the East End of London from the tail end of the seventies up until the present day, The Business is a tale of drugs, prostitution, and a young girl's fight for survival - against all the odds.
Imelda Dooley is scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and now 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 graft 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 she can do is look after her baby brother and try not to draw attention to herself.
©2008 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital
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I enjoy Martina Cole's novels but this book was very repeatitive, the story not ever going anywhere. Because of the setting and characters in the novel the language is extreemly crude throughout. Try Lady Killer, a far better listen by the same author.
"nasty language from start to finish"
Cleaner language, and the author repeats herself as if we are too dumb to remember what she already wrote.
another gripping tale of harsh, gangland life of london by Martina Cole. Thoroughly enjoyed this book especially while out on one of my long walks. As ever harsh, hard hitting and exceptionally emotive. My only criticism being the narrator who at times I felt was very wishy washy and used limited expression.
Well worth a listen
"Long winded and repetitive"
I love Martina Cole but this book is lacking her usual excellence . The story and characters lacked depth which is unusual for this writer
This hasn't been my favourite book . I felt it was drawn out and character reflecting on their life too repetitive
"It isn't The Business"
I adore listening to books on Audible. Over the years I have listened to Anthony Trollope to Michael Connelly, Hillary Mantel to P.G. Wodehouse and everything inbetween. This is the first time I've been disappointed. The Business was the first listen I've come across that was boring, repetitive, contrary from chatpter to chapter, gratuitously explicit in its language, and again to really bring home the point - boring! (The narrator was great though) I read a Martina Cole book a few years ago on a journey. I picked it up at an airport and it did the job of amusing me for the time of the trip. Although I can't remember a thing about it now, that's ok. It made some hours of travelling pass well. So, with a week of a lot of travelling in the car, I thought this Martina Cole book might do the same job. But no, it was so tedious that I was almost screaming with frustration half way through. Audible is not a cheap option, so once you've bought a book you really feel you have to listen to it to the end. If I had had a paper copy of this one I would have thrown it in the dustbin after the first few chapters.
I now regret that I haven't posted good reviews of the many books I've enjoyed so much. This is my first and was inspired by such an awful book. I now think I'll take the time to be positive in the future.
AUDIBLE - I know that you can't put this up as you need positive reviews to sell your books, but perhaps some of your staff will read this and steer clear of a dreadful book!
loved it.love all martina coles books and I have read most. great storylines every time leaves you wanting more
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