Martina Cole (born in 1958, Essex, England) is an English crime writer. She was brought up in Aveley and, as of 2006 has released fifteen novels about London's gangster underworld. Two of her novels, Dangerous Lady and The Jump, have both been adapted into a television drama. She has achieved worldwide sales of over 3 million, and her tenth novel, The Know, spent seven weeks on The Sunday Times's hardback bestsellers list.
Most of her novels feature a female protagonist or antihero, and many take place within the Irish community in and around London.