A chilling thriller of loyalty and betrayal
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Keep your family close...
Set in the heart of London's criminal gangland, FACES by the 'undisputed queen of crime writing' (Guardian) and Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Martina Cole reaches the darkest corners of family life and explores the dangerous line between love and hate.
Danny Cadogan is the most powerful man in gangland London, but he's also the most hated. He entered this dark world to protect his family, but the violent streak running through his veins means even those closest to him fear and despise him.
His wife Mary dreams of her husband's murder. His brother-in-law Michael knows Danny is bad for business.
Danny is at the top of his game, but there are plenty of people getting ready to bring him down...
For more stories centred on family life, check out THE FAMILY, THE FAITHLESS and BETRAYAL. Martina Cole explores loyalty, protection, and how the ties that bind us can also sometimes choke the very thing we want to protect...
Cole's long-winded London gangland saga charts the rise to felonious fame and fortune of Danny Boy Cadogan, from the late '60s to the present. As an oversized 13-year-old, Danny beats up his father, a "useless waster" saddled with gambling debts, and becomes his family's primary breadwinner. Louie Stein, a crook impressed by Danny's spirit, mentors Danny as Danny and his best friend, Michael Miles, become "the new rude boys." At age 15, Danny beats a young prostitute to death after raping her, and he kills again to shut up a squealer, cementing his reputation as a super thug. Later, Danny marries Michael's sister, Mary, who hopes for happiness, but soon finds she's just another person the unfaithful Danny wants to control. Danny's reign of terror becomes a thing of legend, but like all legends, there's always someone ready to knock the kingpin down. Cole (Close) skillfully shows just how the mighty can fall in this sordid, often depressing, crime novel.