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Por Perto

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,300 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Mantenha os amigos perto e os inimigos mais perto ainda; mas mais perto de tudo deverá estar a família. Patrick Brodie está em plena ascensão. Gosta de arriscar mas, ao contrário do pai alcoólico, quer ter a certeza de que mantém por perto o que é seu. Também sabe exactamente até onde está disposto a ir para conseguir o que quer. E ele quer tudo. Já. Em breve, iria arrumar ...more
Capa Mole, Large Print, 498 pages
Published 2008 by Civilização Editora (first published January 1st 2006)
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Andreia Silva
Jul 28, 2012 Andreia Silva rated it did not like it
Shelves: leituras-de-2012
Como é possível que este livro tenha sido escrito pela mesma autora do maravilhoso Hard Girls? Estão a ver água e vinho? É exactamente como estes dois livros são. Não têm nada a ver. Estava à espera de um policial puro e duro. Daqueles com mortes inexplicáveis e provas escondidas dentro de chinelos.E o que foi que encontrei? Simplesmente o conceito de inimigo, vingança e família. O livro segue Patrick Brodie, que é daqueles homens de toda a gente no mundo do crime tem medo e é respeitado porque ...more
Theweebarrell
Nov 06, 2008 Theweebarrell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love all martina cole books and this was no different, although a bit slow to start with i got into it as much as i did her others. I would recommend this book and Martina Cole as a author to try
Zoe Hall
I suppose you could refer to me as a somewhat haphazard Martina Cole fan, as I have 'found' Martina around three quarters of the way through her career. As a result, I am reading her earlier books as and when I come across them!

I am 100% certain that if this was the first Martina book I'd read I'd give it 5 stars, but as it stands, there are more compelling (and violent) Martina books out there (in my opinion of course!).

I enjoyed the book. The characters are as horrendously interesting as eve
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Cocaine
Some years ago whilst helping establish a business in South East London I met a number of people who, colloquially speaking, were connected. That is they were either family of or friends to gangsters. I met 18Mad Frankie Frasers ex-wife Lilly, Victoria his sister-in-law and Sue (I think) his niece. I met a woman who was mates with the Foreman 19s (one a hit man the other a thief) and also a chap who knew the Richardson 19s (Great Train Robbery.) Mixed in among these were friends and family of th ...more
Valerie Penny
Jun 21, 2014 Valerie Penny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took Close by Martina Cole with me on a recent holiday to Portugal. I had only read one of Martina Cole's books before. That was "The Family". I figured that with over 600 pages this book would probably keep me going for a week.. However, like "The Family" this book, "Close" deals with the progression of a family over several decades and is a real page-turner.

Lily Diamond is the matriarch of the family who marries Patrick Brodie when she is very young. It allows her to escape from a poor and d
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David Roberts
Apr 14, 2014 David Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the gangster thriller Close by Martina Cole which is an excellent novel which I bought from a car boot sale. This book reads like a biography of a fictional gangster. Pat senior becomes a top gangster in London when he starts by selling knocked off cigarettes but realizes the head gangster at that time is so old he relies on his henchmen to carry out his orders. He has a wife whom he loves and she loves him but he has several women on the side some of whom have children by him and ...more
Neil Mudde
This has to be one of the most horrific stories I have ever read, the descriptions of murder are unbelievable,and to think that this was written by a woman.......
Why did I finish reading this?, I simply wanted to know if there were any redemptive qualities with any of the characters and I will leave it up to you to find out for yourself
Geraldine
Aug 25, 2008 Geraldine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books that I have read this year. It spans 40 years of the Brodie family who are "close". They are faces/criminals. I loved Lil, Patrick both Sr and Jr. It was an eye operner regarding crime in UK.
Brenda at MyShelf
british mobster. extreme content. {whew}
Ronnie Jacobs
Nov 10, 2008 Ronnie Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished on 10 November ok book
Tita
Feb 26, 2016 Tita rated it did not like it
Shelves: meus, livros-2016, _d_
Apesar de não saber bem o que esperar do livro pois não conhecia sequer a autora, não sei bem porquê mas associava o livro a um policial ou pelo menos uma história misteriosa.
Esta é uma história de mafiosos ingleses, cujo cabecilha é Patrick Brodie, casado com Lil e pai de 5 filhos, que acaba sendo assassinado à frente da sua família.
Poderia ter sido uma história interessante mas achei que a autora que quis "colar" um pouco ao mundo da máfia italiana, e o livro gira em torno do conceito de famíl
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Maddy
May 22, 2010 Maddy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads, bottoms
PROTAGONIST: The Brodie family
SETTING: East end of London
RATING: 2.0

Martina Cole is a best-selling author in the UK, and Close is the first of her books to be published in the United States. Perhaps the fact that it is reminiscent of the TV show, The Sopranos, made it seem that the book would appeal to an American audience. That rationale remains to be proven.

Close is a sprawling book that follows the saga of the Brodie crime family of London over several decades, beginning in the 1960s. The fam
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Wayne Wilson
I find a look at the British Gangsters fascinating. A couple of my favorite movies deal with this seamy side. I am not sure why I find it fascinating but I do and I was caught by the review comparing this book to the Sopranos. So far so good.

Now that I have read it I must say that I enjoyed the book as a whole but there were times I just got tired of her redundant explanations of every character's motivations. Every time a character entered the narrative she had to explain all his or her's motiv
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Nikki
May 21, 2013 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Nikki Pringle for Reader Views (7/08)


“Close” is the story of the Brodie family of London, England. The family patriarch, Patrick, runs the gangs, hostess clubs and drug runners in and around the London streets. His wife, Lil, married him when she was 16, in part to get away from her miserable parents, and started producing babies almost immediately. In between having children, she assisted her husband by running some of his girls and hostess clubs, and accepted, even seemed to enjoy,
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Terry Callister
Aug 24, 2011 Terry Callister rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This novel epitomises the worst of the traditional publishing industry. It is 663 pages of quantity not quality. A mediocre story is dragged out with so many repetitions it became very annoying. For instance, when the main character, Lil Brodie's second child is born, she immediately feels the child, Lance, is odd and she doesn't bond with him, however her feckless mother Annie does. That piece of information is repeated throughout the book about twenty five times, not only that but the whys and ...more
Shahrun
On the face of it, this is exactly what I like to read. And the plot was pretty good (albeit some what predictable). The only problem for me was the execution. I found the book boringly repetitive. Even within a simple paragraph, the author manages to say the same thing in many different variations. I wouldn't totally bypass other books by her, but I don't think I'd seek them out either.
Joanne Rawson
Jan 05, 2016 Joanne Rawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is centred around Patrick Brodie and his son Jr. But I have to say for me, I felt the star of the novel was Lily his wife. A women who stands by her man and sees more trouble than you or I could ever imagine, and still stands strong and fights for her family in all it's dysfunctional ways. Yet none of her siblings realise this until it is too late.
Tim
Jul 29, 2014 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have finished this book now,it was a struggle, constant promise of more which I would have to admit perhaps did finally arrive as I wearily paged on. All in all not well written, too much of the same old stuff repeated endlessly, the tome could have been half the length and delivered more punch.
Disappointing, I rarely don't finish a book, my bookshelves here hold a small number of notable exceptions. This one managed to avoid being put in the "make good firelighters" shelf, but only just. I k
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Dave Bowmore
Apr 26, 2014 Dave Bowmore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very poor and simply written. In an attempt to give Martina Cole the benefit of the doubt this is the second of her books that I've read and it was worse than the first. The trouble is they have sentence structure aimed at under 10 year olds, but vocabulary and content strictly for adults - the result is puerile and juvenile.
Jackie
Jun 06, 2008 Jackie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jackie by: Hachette Book Group
British bestselling sensation Martina Cole is about to hit the American book scene. Close is the history of a crime family over 30 some years--sort of an English Sopranos, if you will. With MUCH stronger women characters who drive the book. If you enjoy a good gangster yarn with plenty of violence and family tension as well as in-depth criminal politics, this book is for you.

I found it difficult to follow at first as the book kept skipping around in time without warning. But when it at last set
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Kelly
May 28, 2015 Kelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By the time I started to read this I noticed a pattern in Martina's writing. Husband = Gangsta, Wife = Pregnant + Happy, Something bad (usually a shooting) takes place = someone dies, everyone = upset/plotting revenge. The end
Anita Edwards
Jun 18, 2013 Anita Edwards rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stuck without my iPhone in Spain I "borrowed" this book in English from a Casa Rual without a lot of expectations. Found myself pulled along and a little fascinated by this parallel world of crime and crime families in London. While it is kind of a pot-boiler, it is competently written and makes an honest effort to understand the motivation of some pretty twisted personalities, all the while holding your sympathy for a flawed but appealing main character.

One criticism: I don't believe any adult
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Malgorzata
It was so painful to read this book. I am so glad it is not the first book by Martina I have read otherwise I would be really put off. Unlike her other books The Close was very boring and the characters were all dull and annoying.
Manon Desjardins
The book was okay, lost interest at times. There was a lot of repetition. Ending was predictable.
Judy
Jan 15, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encore has a series based on this book so I thought I'd read it. It was very good and I cried at the end. Starts in the 60's and finishes in the 80's, a Irish family who runs the town -- Irish mob. A young girl and meets the son, Tom, of the Irish mob head they marry raise their family and Tom and she eventually takes over the underground runnings of the town. There are hidden secrets to this family which you may or may not figure out toward the end. Murder and dysfunctional family. Once I start ...more
John Lane
Dec 30, 2014 John Lane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book as it had a interesting outlook on the family an d how they stick together through the good times and the bad times a great read.
Pauline Oshea
not as good as the other books she wrote bit disappointing
Rajnish Sharma
This book is like a slow wine,,, start slowly but gradualy it regain its tempo,,,, and you are taken back to the underword of seventies of london, few morbid twists in the closing pages makeyour tummy churnned,, only question , why some one kept producing child like rabbitt,, and that from three diffrent males,,,, no sane woman could do this,,,, other wise nice characterison,, of broadi clan,,,, lanuguage is too fluid,,
a nice time pass..though bit long,,,
Phyllis Peterson
KInd of like The Soprano's meets God is an Englishman
Penny
Aug 09, 2011 Penny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story a lot, yet was put off by certain aspects that interfered with my enjoyment of reading it. The story is solid and interesting. The redundancy of Cole's writing really ruined much of the book in my opinion. She continually recaps the circumstances and it is simply annoying and tiresome. The lack of dialogue, until the very late section of the book, tends to become boring as well.
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Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of fourteen novels set in London's gangland, and her most recent three paperbacks have gone straight to No. 1 in the Sunday Times on first publication. Total sales of Martina's novels stand at over eight million copies.


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