Annie Carter series by Jessie Keane (Books 1-5)
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Overview: Now what about me? I’ve done a lot of writing, but way back before I even dreamed I could be a professional writer I was just the youngest in a big family. My Dad was a surveyor with an edge of brilliance. My Mum was from gipsy roots and used to drive around in a goat-cart (yes, really!) when she was little. Once we were rich (although I didn’t know it then, and it was all thanks to my Dad’s ingenuity) and then suddenly – pretty shockingly, really – we were poor (thanks to greedy people who exploited his kindness). I have to tell you, rich is better. But the great thing about life is, even painful events pass, and if you make bad choices, hopefully you learn from them.
Genre: Mystery, Crime
"A cracking story from a great new writer." Mandasue Heller
Adultery, murder and dangerous love collide in Jessie Keane’s gritty debut novel. For longer than she cares to remember Annie Bailey has lived in the shadow of her older sister Ruthie. Now Ruthie has her hands on Max Carter, the much feared head of the Carter family and a top class villain. Seducing Max wasn’t a problem, but the guilt, shame and anger of rejection afterwards was. Thrown onto the streets Annie finds herself living with Celia, a wayward aunt with a shocking secret. As the months pass Annie’s resourceful nature sees her mature and carve out a life for herself, albeit not legal. But if you play with fire, you can expect to get burned and her lavish new lifestyle and connections may be about to come crashing down around her. Annie has unwittingly placed herself between two rival gangs and upset too many people, and these kind of people don’t forget. But as everyone knows, Annie Bailey is no ordinary woman.
In Dirty Game, Annie Bailey was an East End Madam. In Black Widow she’s queen of the gangs and trying to save her daughter’s life! Annie Bailey had done it all; Madam, mistress and Gangster’s moll. Now she’s Annie Carter, and she taking over the East End. Annie knew that it wouldn’t last. Everything was going so well; she was living in Majorca, had Max Carter – the head of the Carter firm by her side, and had given him a beautiful daughter, Layla. But if there was one thing life had taught her, it was that everything could change in the blink of an eye. One minute she’s lying by the pool, the next she’s out cold. When she comes round Max and Layla are gone. It’s not long before she gets the demands. They want money or she’ll be getting her little girl back in pieces! There’s only one thing Annie can do, she heads back to the East End of London and gathers the Carter firm together. Someone has snatched her husband and child. Now there’s a score to settle, and it’s being settled Annie Carter style!
She was a madam in a brothel, then a gangster’s moll. Now Annie Carter owns the East End of London, and God help anybody that crosses her.! It’s 1970 and there’s a killer on the loose in London. When gang boss Annie Carter gets a call, suddenly it’s personal. A close friend of hers is the latest victim, and another is in the frame for the murder. With the hated Delaney gang still causing trouble, and NY mob boss Don Constantine Barolli’s family making no secret of the fact that they hate her, she senses a feud blowing up in all their faces. To save her old friend, Annie has to find out who’s been targeting the girls. Before long she’s diving head-first into the seedy underbelly of the streets. How long before the killer strikes again? And who will the next victim be?
Annie Carter is back! She was a madam in a brothel and a gangster’s moll, but now her protection is gone and her enemies are closing in. 1971, London gang boss Annie Carter Barolli is living the New York high life with the feared mafia godfather Constantine Barolli. Then family tragedy strikes, leaving only Annie, Constantine’s sister Gina and his three children alive, and now they’re in terrible danger. And what’s worse — it signals a major shift in mafia power. Annie returns to London with her daughter Layla, pursued by a hit man. Someone wants her dead and the only way she can stay alive is to find out who’s paying for the contract and to strike first. Then, the reappearance of an old East End face sparks a shocking suspicion — the possibility that Max Carter, Annie’s first and greatest love, didn’t die two years ago, as she had been led to believe. Has he truly just been playing dead?
Annie Carter, Barolli hasn’t always played by the rules, but she’s a survivor. She went from East End wild child, to queen of the Eastend, taking on the bad boys of gangland London and beat them all.
She’d done everything, brothel and nightclub owner, Gangster’s moll and the toughest job of all, a mother. Now her daughter is old enough to take care of herself and she’s working on the right side of the law, but how long will it be before the sins of her mother come back to haunt them all?