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Leading an investigation into the neglect and abandonment of a number of young Grantley children throws DI Kate Burrows into contact with the most vile and repugnant of criminals. As a mother herself, Kate finds their crimes almost incomprehensible. And with the case becoming ever more sinister, she knows she needs to find answers quickly.

Emotionally drained by the rigour

Paperback, 660 pages
Published June 4th 2001 by Headline (first published November 2nd 2000)
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The first time I ever read a Martina Cole I confess I was rather taken aback by some of the language which used as I felt that it was too much and used far too often. This may have been one of her earliest books as I believe that it has toned down over the years. The language is there but not in he frequency it was before. Bad language does not offend me but I know some people are easily offended by such usage.

This is a brilliant, well written and plotted book but some readers may find the plot...more
Rebecca Carter
A friend had given me a few of Martina Cole's books after I said I would like something different to read from what I usually do read.
This book along with some of her others are brilliant but this really did get to me.
Obviously if your a Martina fan, you know she doesn't hold back (I absolutely love the way she writes...saaarthh Landen).
Broken is raw, on edge, tough and got me wanting to jump in the book and throttle (putting it lightly) those disgusting, vile people. I couldn't put the book do...more
Ann York
This one is like a follow on from the ladykiller it is about th di kate burrows trying found out why some children are being abandoned and she is having some personal things going on her life too it is a very good read andit does get you gripped from the start to the finish
Nicola Woznica

Wow what a great sequel to ladykillers excellent
Jul 02, 2014 Kathy is currently reading it
I am so excited to read this book and have been waiting for the holiday week-end to start it. Thanks so much to my friend and fellow GoodReader, Joanne, for the wonderful gift of this book.
Oct 19, 2010 Jane rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2
Detective Inspector Kate Burrows has a tough case to crack.... when a number of local children are found some cases killed, their abusive parents are blamed. she also has problems in her personal life when a woman is murdered in her -ex con- boy fiends club. I figured I ought to try a crime book because I needed to break out of my usual 'romance' genre. ...... I was kept in suspense throughout the book, which is good so I think it was pretty much a good choice for my 'first' b...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, is a long time since reading a Martina Cole book and forgot her style which could I suppose by seen as abrupt. This book kept me distracted from many housework chores!
Gemma Bull
My favourite Martina Cole book
DI Kate Burrows thought she'd never face a killer like the Grantley Ripper again. But she was wrong. One by one, children are being abandoned. Thankfully, they're rescued from harm. Then one victim is not so lucky, and Kate knows she's in a race against time to save lives. As a parent herself, Kate's finding the case tough and she needs the support of her lover, Patrick Kelly, more than ever. But Patrick's got problems of his own...

An earlier book of Martina's but no different from the others a...more
Di Castle

This was my first Martina Cole and I enjoyed the relationship between the two police officers and the plot was well crafted. However, I did feel there were too many characters, many introduced very near the end of the book who played no part in solving the mystery. I also felt it laboured the child pornography theme to too great an extent. I am not sure whether I will read another Martina Cole book as there are so many others I want to read on my shelf.
Martina Cole never lets me down, another great read from her. I think this one is one of her best.
Love this book x
I'm a late starter where reading Martina Cole is concerned but she hasn't failed me yet. The books set in Grantley with DI Burrows and Patrick Kelly are my favorites (Lady Killer, Broken & Hard. Girls). Fab!
Read one of her books years ago and didn't like it at all.Think I got this in a swap when I was just swapping for anything.Must say though it wasn't a bad read and I may read more of hers just not sure yet.
Colin Williams
Like all Martina Cole novels. An excellently written story which throws everything at you and keeps you interested when it appears that it's going too slow.
Terry Callister
My first ever Martina Cole novel to read. Very good story although the use of bad language is a bit over the top I thought. I will read more of her books.
This was the first book I read of Martina Cole reading this got me hooked on her books have read quite a few but this one to me was the best .
Sue Caldwell
Another gritty detective story, about the under world of drug users, child abuse murder and a cop wanting to make a difference.
kids are the best gifts anywoman could have... pls dont tear them apart.. take good care of them cos they are the best....
Janine Causley

follow on from the ladykillers this is a complete page turner brilliantly written I couldn't put it down
Once again, I've loved Martina's writing style and the topics she chooses not to ignore
I didn't know there were people this evil. No wonder we live in 'a broken society '.
Nicky Gallop
fantastic follow on from ladykiller, couldnt put it down! !
Dark and grizzly. Typical Martina Cole. I love them!
Never been a big fan but I enjoyed this book.
this has to be the best book i have read!!!!
Maria Daines
Another brilliant Martina Cole story.
Bruno Durand
sympa mais un peu trop prévisible.
Maureen Yole
excellent book by Martina again
I would rate any of her books.
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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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