For more than a decade, two East End families have been locked in a bitter war. On one side are the Mitchells, a notorious underworld mob from East London's Canning Town. They have an iron in every fire and will resort to intimidation and violence to get what they want. When Stanley Smith's lovely young daughter, Jessica, announces that she is to marry Eddie, the son of mob boss Harry Mitchell, Stanley is horrified, but too afraid to stand in their way.
On the other side are the O'Haras. The Mitchells' biggest rivals are a travelling family who live in nearby Stratford. They compete with the Mitchells for pub protection and the two families hate each other.
Caught between these two families at war are two innocent children, who will grow up to love the wrong people and spark the last terrible act in the long-running feud.
A happy year in many people's lives, some called 1988 The Rave Year, others The Second Summer of Love. For Eddie Mitchell and his family, it is neither. It is the year in which his whole dangerous, violent world explodes around him.
©2010 Kimberley Chambers (P)2011 Random House AudioGO
Listening to this has me hooked on audiobooks, as a mum of three I find it hard to find time to sit and read a book so with audiobooks I can listen as I work. This is a fantastic story bought to life by the narrator.
A definite for any Martina Cole fans.Cant wait to hear the other two books in series.
Loved the story and Annie Adlington narrating is as good as ever...downloaded The Traitor within 10 mins of this story ending! Cannot wait to listen to it!
very disappointed with this book considering the reviews, cliched dialogue and storyline. The impression overall was that the writing was very amateurish and the storyline predictable
I really enjoyed this book.
Some of the dry sense of humour remarks at times, had me laughing out loud.
I've already downloaded 2 and 3 and can't wait to start listening.
I love all these type of books as they take me back to my childhood in the east end.
my favorite characters were joyce and stanley ...hilarious
Exceptional narration by Annie Aldington
Great story some laugh out loud moments with joyce and stanley
This author has me hooked all the way. The sense drama and urgency make this book very difficult to put down.
The narrator really brings this book to life and I have become a firm fan.
I am now eagerly awaiting the next book as I have read all of the current ones and cannot wait for the next instalment.
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