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Dangerous Lady: A gritty thriller about the toughest woman in London's criminal underworld

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Once you're hooked on Maura Ryan, be sure to read MAURA'S GAME , the second book from 'the undisputed queen of crime writing' ( Guardian). For me it was far too much romance and ‘Eastenders like drama’ for it to be classed as crime fiction. The 'Family' as they are seem 'real' and you can think of yourself as being in the thick of all the incidents that occur. Her mother was a psychiatric nurse from Glasnevin, County Dublin and her father was a merchant seaman from Cork City.

In the meantime, I'm looking in the cupboard at home because I fancy I put a really great story in there several years ago.Nevertheless it did keep my reading to the end but nevertheless I enjoyed the novel and I will hopefully be reading some more of Cole’s works for my blog in the future.

The oldest brother, Michael, is the patriarchal figure and controls their gangland activity in the city. This idea is further highlighted by the character of William Templeton ad the various corrupt police on the Ryan’s payroll – all of which came from better backgrounds than Maura and Michael who it could be argued only entered into a life of crime due to circumstances. No one thinks she could take on the hard men of London’s criminal underworld but it would be a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she’s tough, clever and beautiful – which makes her one very dangerous lady. The police are determined to put away Maura once and for all - and not everyone in the family thinks that's such a bad idea.To me, it's a testament to his talent that he could make such an unpleasant individual sympathetic and, at times, vulnerable. When I was a teenager, but I still greatly think of this book and I'll never read it again, because I want to keep it perfect in my memory just as well as I keep Diogenes Alejandro Xenos (Dax) from Robbins' 'The Adventures' untouched in my childhood memories. Once you’re hooked on Maura Ryan, be sure to read MAURA’S GAME , the second book from ‘the undisputed queen of crime writing’ ( Guardian).

Anyway one day when she was at work I snuck into her room to read about it and came across my first F-Bomb in print which makes me laugh when I think about it today and the amount of bad language we see these days in print and on TV. The police are determined to put away Maura once and for all – and not everyone in the family think that’s such a bad idea. When it comes to the crunch, Maura has to face the pain of lost love in her past – and the dangerous lady discovers her heart is not made entirely of stone. The police are determined to put Maura away once and for all - and not everyone in the family think that's such a bad idea.I enjoyed the setting, the "rags to riches" narrative, the romance elements, and the focus on the dynamics of an entire family (the Ryans). No one thinks a seventeen-year-old girl can take on the hard men of London s gangland, but it s a mistake to underestimate Maura Ryan: she s tough, clever and beautiful - which makes her one very dangerous lady. The story of a family of West End gangsters of Irish descent in 1960s post-war London, and the secret love affair between Maura, who rises to become one of the leading gangsters of her day, and Terry Patterson, a policeman.

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