Born in 1959, Martina grew up in Essex to Irish Catholic parents, but her first book wasn't published until 1992. She is now the best-selling author of 19 novels, many of which are set in the Irish community in and around London. These include The Ladykiller, The Jump, Faceless, Maura's Game and Hard Girls. Martina has sold over ten million books in the UK alone.
Her gritty, haunting writing makes all of her books a gripping read. She's the author who never holds back and, as a result, Martina has become a phenomenon. Each of her novels seems to receive huge accolades; The Life was a number one best-seller for the tenth consecutive time, The Take and The Runway were both adapted for Sky One and received outstanding reviews, and two of her books have hit the stage: Two Women and The Graft. The Know topped The Sunday Times' hardback best-sellers list for seven weeks. Martina's latest book – Revenge – was released at the end of 2013 and introduces Michael Flynn, a gangster who is taught a perilous lesson in the criminal world.
Martina Cole's latest book – aptly named 'Revenge' – is a roller-coaster ride. If the dark world of criminal gangsters fascinates you, you're in for a treat with this shockingly brutal read, full of vicious twists and turns along the way. Michael Flynn, the leading character, is ruthless in his outlook; he uses power, money and violence to get what he wants. He has learnt the rules of life from his mentor, Patrick Costello, but when he is taken out, Michael naturally takes his place... only to rise beyond any measures the criminal world has witnessed before.
He has power over everyone – no-one would dream of challenging him, let alone disobeying him. The book takes a turn and the unthinkable happens. Maybe Michael Flynn is not as untouchable as he thought. He will have to learn some harsh lessons... can sins be forgiven without the shedding of blood?