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The number-one best-selling novelist in the UK now makes her U.S. debut with a hard-hitting story that combines the brutality and deep family ties of The Sopranos with an unparalleled look at the underbelly of London's gangland.

Patrick Brodie is on the way up. He is a risk-taker, like his alcoholic father, and knows exactly how far he is prepared to go to get what he wants. Before long, Patrick has ruthlessly taken out the old guard of the criminal underworld and become a legend in his own lifetime.

The kind of women he is normally attracted to have no foolish dreams of marriage, children, or, God help them, love. But Lily Diamond is different. There's something about her that has gotten under Patrick's skin, and all he can think about is making her happy and keeping her safe.

Eventually, they settle down and have a family and grow determined that their children will not have to face the same kind of lives they did. But then, the unthinkable happens, and everything is suddenly, irreversibly changed.

Spanning over 40 years in the underbelly of crime, Close is powerful, shocking, unsettling, and utterly addictive.

©2006 Martina Cole; (P)2008 Hachette Audio

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