Love your family. Haste your enemies. Know your business.
Imelda Dooley is scared. Really scared. She's played hard and fast and now she's been caught. She's pregnant and she's on her own. Her father, not a man to mess with, will see that somebody pays for this and its not going to be her. So Imelda Dooley tells a lie. A lie that literally causes murders.
When Mary Dooly's husband is killed in the night's events, she knows she must graft to keep her family afloat; and graft she does, becoming a name in her own right. But she still has to watch her daughter's life spiral into a vicious, hate filled cycle of drugs and prostitution.
Caught up in the carnage that is Imelda's existance are Mary's adored grandchildren, Jordanna and Kenny. Pretty little Jordanna isn't yet three and already knows far too much. All the little girl can do is look after her baby brother Kenny and try not to draw unwanted attention to herself.
Set in the heart of London's criminal world, from the tail-end of the seventies up until present day, THE BUSINESS is a gritty, disturbing and haunting tale of drugs, prostitution and a young girls fight for survival - against all the odds.
Martina Cole is a phenomenon. Her vision is a unique compelling portrait of a our society; her novels have sold millions of copies worlwide, are critically acclaimed and award-winning. She is a the only author who dares to tell it like it really is.