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Read, Martyn

Overview
Works: 71 works in 150 publications in 1 language and 1,372 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Biography  Historical fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Detective and mystery stories, English  War stories  Juvenile works  Biographies 
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Most widely held works by Martyn Read
After the mourning by Barbara Nadel( Recording )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Undertaker Francis Hancock is no stranger to death and, during the London Blitz of 1940, he has seen the worst that humanity can do to itself. Why then does the murder of a young gypsy girl in Epping Forest move him so much? She is one of the dispossessed citizens inhabiting this stretch of open ground - travellers, gypsies, the homeless, those who have been persecuted because of their nationality, deserters and, if the Military Police are to be believed, German spies. It's not wise to delve deeper into this human melting pot, but as Francis investigates, the heat of a much bigger conspiracy begins to burn like an incendiary bomb, until many more are dead. Francis gets very close to something even the German Fuehrer, personally, is prepared to kill for
Hard landing by Stephen Leather( Recording )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a detective working for an elite undercover squad, Dan "Spider" Shepherd has lied, cheated and conned in order to bring Britain's most wanted criminals to justice. When a powerful drugs baron starts to kill off witnesses to his crimes, Shepherd is given his most dangerous assignment yet. He has to go undercover in a top security prison - a world where one wrong move will mean certain death. Corrupt prison officers, lifers with nothing to lose, and hard men with something to prove are all gunning for Shepherd. The only way to survive is to play his role to perfection, twenty-four-seven, among criminals for whom violence is a way of life. As he gambles everything to move in on his quarry, he soon realises that the man he is set to trap is even more dangerous than the police anticipated. And that he is capable of striking outside the prison walls and hitting Shepherd where it hurts most
Back hander by John Francome( Recording )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Things are not great for jockey Alan Morrell. He can't get the rides he needs and when he sets up a bloodstock partnership, a tragic accident robs him of the business and his best friend Lee. Now Alan owes £100,000 and his only asset is a racehorse who has yet to be put to the test. But all that fades into insignificance next to the suspicion that Lee's fatal fall was more than an accident. Fellow-jockey Max Ashwood is struggling with the backlash from his affair with a trainer's wife and the little matter of his gambling. There's also the convenient death of another man to whom Max owed money. Two riders, two unexplained deaths - but overshadowing both is a conflict that dwarfs the cosy world of racetrack winners and losers. 2004
The long shot by Stephen Leather( Recording )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The plan is so complex, the target so well protected that the three snipers have to rehearse the killing in the seclusion of the Arizona desert. Cole Howard of the FBI knows he has only days to prevent the audacious assassination. But he doesn't know who the target is or where the crack marksmen will strike. Former SAS sergeant Mike Cramer is also on the trail, infiltrating the Irish community in New York as he tracks down Mary Hennessy, the ruthless killer who tore his life apart. Unless Cramer and Howard agree to cooperate, the world will witness the most spectacular terrorist coup of all time
Soft target by Stephen Leather( Recording )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When a group of armed police in an elite unit turn maverick and start to rip off drug dealers at gunpoint, undercover cop Dan "Spider" Shepherd is given his most dangerous mission so far. Shepherd is ordered to infiltrate the tight-knit team, to gain their confidence and, ultimately, to betray them. Facing men with guns is nothing new for the former SAS trooper, but it's the first time he's had to investigate his own. And the job couldn't have come at a worse time for him. As Shepherd finds himself in the firing line, he has to decide exactly where his loyalties lie
Last rights by Barbara Nadel( Recording )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

October 1940. In the London borough of West Ham there is yet another night of bombing, and undertaker Francis Hancock is in the grip of yet another night of temporary insanity. When a mans body turns up at his funeral parlour Francis suspects foul play
The birthday girl by Stephen Leather( Recording )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tony Freeman rescued Mersiha when she was fighting for her life in war-torn Yugoslavia. Now she is his adopted daughter, the perfect all-American girl - and the past is another country. Or so it seems. But Mersiha has been trained to kill. And when she discovers that Freeman's company is subject to a sinister takeover bid, she decides to help. 2007
Hot blood by Stephen Leather( Recording )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dan "Spider" Shepherd is used to putting his life on the line. It goes with the turf when you're an undercover cop. Now working for the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Shepherd is pitting his wits against the toughest criminals in the country. But when the man who once saved his life is kidnapped in the badlands of Iraq, Shepherd had to decide whether his loyalties lie with his country, his career, or his friend. Shepherd and his former SAS colleagues realise that the hostage has been abandoned by the Government. And with the execution deadline only days away, Shepherd knows that the only way to stop his friend being murdered is to put himself in the firing line in the most dangerous city in the world - Baghdad
Ashes to ashes by Barbara Nadel( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As London suffers at the hands of the German Luftwaffe during the worst of the Blitz, undertaker Francis Hancock suddenly finds himself caught up in a terrifying web of murder and abduction"--Page 2 of cover
Sure and certain death by Barbara Nadel( Recording )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

London, 1941: Francis Hancock finds the body of a woman in a derelict house in Plaistow. When more murders follow, Francis' sister, Nancy, admits that she knew all of the victims. They were all White Feather Girls during the First World War
Ashes to ashes by Barbara Nadel( Recording )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As London suffers at the hands of the German Luftwaffe during the worst of the Blitz, undertaker Francis Hancock suddenly finds himself caught up in a terrifying web of murder and abduction. It is 29 December, 1940, the night that Hitler ahs chosen to destroy London under a barrage of flaming incendiary bombs. His main target - St Paul's cathedral - is where Hancock is sheltering from the onslaught. But the troubled First World War veteran doesn't just have bombs to content with on this historic night; a young girl, who was also sheltering in the cathedral, has vanished. Then some of those charged with protecting the building are brutally murdered. Is some one taking advantage of the chaos in order to settle old scores?"--Container
Ben, in the world by Doris Lessing( Recording )

6 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben Lovatt can never fit in. He seems awkward-- too big, too strong, inhumanly made. Those who do not understand him want him locked up, including his own mother. Now he has come of age and finds himself alone in the south of France, in Brazil and in the mountains of the Andes, where at last he finds out where he has come from and who are his people
Free radical : a memoir by Vincent Cable( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in Undetermined and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Today Vince Cable is best known as ""the undisputed heavyweight champion of the credit crunch in Parliament, "" revered for his prescience and authority on the world economic crisis. But his journey to become Britain's most respected politician has been long, circuitous, and sometimes very painful. In this memoir he tells that story for the first time. This is a candid book, written with wit and great insight. Vince Cable's life story is a long way from that of a conventional career politician. His book is as compelling as it is timely
The house at Old Vine by Norah Lofts( Recording )

6 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'Tomorrow the man I love is going to die; horribly, and in public. Only two other people ever knew of our love and they are both dead now; but there are circumstances which make it natural enough that I should spend the night before the altar-- praying for him.' Thus spoke Josiana Greenwood in 1496-- and through Josiana, the illegitimate descendant of Martin Reed, the family of the house was to be continued-- living through England's most turbulent period-- the Tudors, the Stuarts, the violence of Cromwell's wars"--Container
Menagerie manor by Gerald Durrell( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in Undetermined and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Durrell tells the story of how he finally fulfilled his childhood dream of founding his own private zoo, the Manor of Les Augres, on the English Channel island of Jersey. With the help of an enduring wife, a selfless staff, and a reluctant bank manager, the zoo grows, and readers are treated to a colorful parade of the zoo#x92;s unusual animal inhabitants
Lifeline by John Francome( Recording )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unlike some of his fellow jockeys, Tony has never ridden a dishonest race. In comparison Freddy has never been fussy about sticking to the rules. Once Freddy's train comes off the rails, the gravy turns to blood
The town house by Norah Lofts( Recording )

5 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'It was in the first week of October in the year 1391 that I first came face to face with the man who owned me-- the man whose lightest word was to us, his villeins, weightier than the King's law or the edicts of our Holy Father--' So began the story of Martin Reed-- a serf whose resentment of his feudal lord finally flared into open defiance. Encouraged by the woman he loved, Martin Reed began a new life-- a life which was to culminate in the building of the House, and the founding of the dynasty who were to live there"--Container
The house at sunset by Norah Lofts( Recording )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'At the age of seven I was a skillful pickpocket, I could sew neatly, write a tolerable hand, make a curtsy and a correct introduction, dance a little and play simple tunes on the harpsichord.' This was the London life of Felicity Hatton in 1740-- until chance sent her back to the House, first as a pauper, later to become its mistess-- a strange eccentric mistress whose choice of husband was as unorthodox as her manner of living"--Container
Golden bats and pink pigeons by Gerald Durrell( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over millions of years the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, developed a unique flora and fauna, but when man arrived and introduced the dog, rat, pig and monkey, he wreaked havoc on the delicate ecosystem. In co-operation with the Mauritian Government, Gerald Durrell and his team visited the island to help rescue some of the creatures from almost certain extinction. At his Jersey sanctuary, these animals could live and breed in safety, and their progeny were reintroduced to their natural home. The story of the preservation of these endangered species is told in Durrell's inimitable style
The double tap by Stephen Leather( Recording )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ex-member of the SAS, Mike Cramer is the bait to capture the world's most successful contract killer
 
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