Gritty. Gripping. Unforgettable. Martina's back. Just before Danny Cadogan's fourteenth birthday, his father, Big Dan, leaves his wife and children to face the wrath of the men sent to collect his gambling debt. Determined to protect his mother, brother and sister, overnight Danny becomes set on making his way in a violent and dangerous world. He becomes a Face. Not just a Face, but the most feared Face in the Smoke. Out for all he can get. At any cost. Danny's ruthlessness doesn't stop at his front door. He rules his family with an iron will -- and his fists. But if his wife, Mary breaks her silence, it could shake Danny's criminal empire; right to the very core. And for a Face at the top of his game, there's only one way to go. Down. Because, after all, debts can be paid without money. Set in the heart of London's criminal gangland, FACES is gritty, gripping and utterly unforgettable.
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Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of thirteen novels set in London's gangland, and her most recent two paperbacks, as well as her latest hardback, have gone straight to No. 1 in the Sunday Times on first publication.From Booklist:
*Starred Review* Danny Cadogan is 14 years old when his father runs out on a gambling debt, leaving behind his wife and children. Danny, who had vowed never to become a brutal man like his father, does the only thing he can to protect his family: he becomes a Face (British slang for a gangster). Soon he’s running a crime empire based on ruthlessness and retribution. He climbs to the top of the heap, but how long can a man with so many enemies stay there? And can he somehow regain some small part of the good man he had wanted to be? This gripping novel, set against the backdrop of the British criminal underworld, may remind some readers of the movie Scarface (either the Muni or Pacino version). As Scarface was a portrait of a criminal and his lifestyle, so is Faces. As Scarface was brutal and compelling, so is Faces. But this is no mere retelling of the Scarface story, or indeed of the story of the Krays, the notorious real-life British gangsters, although there are clear parallels to both. It is, rather, a masterful crime saga by the Mario Puzo of Britain, and it grabs us by the throat and refuses to let go. --David Pitt
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Descrizione libro Headline Book Publishing, 2008. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0755328647