The Business of Dying (Dennis Milne #1)
A Unique Police Procedural - 4 Stars
This is my first experience with the writing of Simon Kernick. Overall I enjoyed his writing style and method of storytelling. In this, his first installment in the Dennis Milne series, I wasn't blown away by an single aspect of the novel but steady writing, plotting and an interesting twist to the regular police procedural kept me interested.
Dennis Milne is what some might call a dirty cop. This is not to say h ...more
Guilty, I have read number 3, first, yes first !
Now reading part 1 in the Dennis Milne books, have read most of Tina Boyd books.
But pleased to say loved this book and a great introduction to this great author, that I can recommend to all my friends, and I can tell you he gets stronger and better.
Very pleased to read this b ...more
DS Milne is also a very tenacious cop and is in the midst of an investigation into the death of Miriam Fox. He has reason to suspect that the pimp all the evidence points to may not be the actual killer; something just doesn’t seem right, especially as another runaway has disappeare ...more
My first read of 2015 is Simon Kernick's The Business Of Dying which turns out to be "Dennis Milne #1" This was a pretty good read - good enough for me to want to continue reading the other 2 books in the series.
'The Business of Dying' is the debut novel by the British novelist, Simon Kernick, published by Bantam in 2002. Since the publication of this novel Kernick has written twelve more novels, several of which feature Dennis Milne, the main character & first person narrator of this novel.
Dennis Milne is a full time police officer, part time 'killer-for-hire'. Milne is a 20 year veteran of the police force, who has become disillusioned & cynical ...more
Mr. Kernick’s first novel is a mystery with a twist providing the reader with plenty of action and intrigue. The engaging protagonist, Dennis Milne, a full time cop and part time murderer, is always at the heart of it all. The storytelling flows smoothly and delivers a saga that engulfs your imagination till the last ...more
The Business Of Dying is Kernick's first novel which is apparent from the off - not quite as polished as his later books it still revolves around his strongest idea yet, that of Dennis Milne full time cop, part time murderer.
A man with a twisted moral compass, he's sent to kill 3 drug dealers but it immediately goes awry when it becomes clear these men were not drug dealers and not corr...more
As the opening scene illustrates, The Business of Dying is not for the faint of heart; there is no la ...more
Só tenho pena de ler lido o 2º livro do Dennis Milne antes deste mas pronto, na altura nao o tinha e tinha gostado bastante do livro que tinha lido do Simon Kernick.
O Dennis Milne nao é um detective tradicional, nem bonzinho, o que o torna, quanto a mim, original.
Nao sei explicar muito bem mas gosto da escrita do Simon, as coisas parece que fluem com muita naturalidade, nao se perde em descriçoes pormenorizadas e chatas dos cenarios/personagens...
É pena, nao te ...more
This book, his first, was a fast paced, interesting novel about a policeman, who became so disenchanted with the justice systems ability to adequately punish criminals, that he took it upon himself to punish them.
It paints a grim picture of a London over run by criminals and a police force so overworked, underpaid, understaffed that they ...more
Στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Bell ...more
Lange vergangen ist die Zeit, in der Dennis Milne glaubte, als Polizist wirklich etwas gegen das organisierte Verbrechen in London bewirken zu können. Und da er dem Ungeheuer nicht den Kopf abschlagen kann, hat er sich vor Jahren einfach dazu entschlossen, sich mit ihm einzulassen. Heißt: er erledigt bisweilen den einen oder anderen schmutzigen Job für Raymond, den hiesigen Gangsterboss. ...more
Η ιστορία έχεις ως εξής: Μια συνηθισμένη κρύα νύχτα του Οκτώβρη, ο αρχιφύλακας Μιλν βρίσκεται στο πάρκινγκ ενός ξενοδοχείου, όπου περίμενε τρεις άντρες. Σκοπός του ήταν να σκοτώσει αυτούς τους άντρες, οι οποίοι, σύμφωνα με αυτόν που του έδωσε την εντολή και τα λεφτά για να κάνει αυτή τη δουλειά, ήταν έμποροι ναρκωτικών.
Ο Μι ...more
It is only when the book turns conventional and he relies on a more mainstream approach that he lost me a little. The plotting and structure begin to rely on convenience and the story becomes predictable toward the end (although no less violent).
Dennis Milne is a fascinating protagonist and is ably supported by the rest of the cast as he stumbles from one disaster to another. ...more
As a first novel I found the plot to be well delivered, and the opening set piece definitely sets you up to need to finish the story.
I found the characters to fit in rather too well to my preconceptions of the types of characters one finds in crime fiction. Whilst the moralistic stand point of our crime-fighting-turned-criminal ...more
DI Dennis Milne is a police officer (copper) who has seen too much and has realized that the system does not work in their favour. However, this does not mean that Dennis is above turning things back in their way. Dennis has crossed the line but not one that hinders his own morality, he has become a hit-man and he newest assignment is to kill 3 men, 3 drug dealers. But things go wrong and his ...more
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