The record-breaking facts…
More No.1 original fiction bestsellers than any other author.
£63.2 million worth of books sold, making her the bestselling British-born female crime writer since Nielsen records began in 1998.
Her books have spent a total of 62 weeks atop The Bookseller’s Original Fiction chart in the Nielsen BookScan era – a record.
Martina Cole’s debut novel Dangerous Lady, caused a sensation when it was published by Headline in 1992, and launched one of the bestselling fiction writers of her generation .Twenty-five years later Martina is the undisputed queen of crime drama with twenty-three novels to her name of which 15 have been No.1 bestsellers, and total sales stand at over 16 million copies. She won the British Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year with The Take, which then went on to be a hit TV series for Sky 1. Four of her novels have made it to the screen, with more in the pipeline, and three have been adapted as stage plays.
Her unique, powerful storytelling is acclaimed for its hard-hitting, true-to-life style – there is no one else who writes like Martina Cole.
DAMAGED Published by Headline 19th September at £20.00 Hardback
A town full of secrets. A serial killer leaving no trace. DCI Burrows is put to the ultimate test.
DCI Kate Burrows might be retired, but once a policewoman, always a policewoman, and when the bodies of local girls start turning up in Grantley, without a trace of evidence leading to their killer, she’s the first person DC1 Annie Carr calls for help.
Life has been sweet for Kate and ex-gangster Patrick Kelly, when out of the blue a young man turns up on their doorstep claiming to be his son. Joseph is the spit of him and Patrick has a strong feeling this is his flesh and blood. But something about Joseph’s wife, Bella, definitely seems off, and Kate can smell trouble. As the Grantley killer picks up the pace, it becomes clear that someone local must be responsible.
But will Kate and the rest of the force be able to catch him before the body count gets higher? There’s more to this killer than meets the eye…