The Business of Dying (Dennis Milne #1)
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 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
As the opening scene illustrates, The Business of Dying is not for the faint of heart; there is no la...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).
Like Kernick's other novels, this is very readable and Milne's dry observations about society and how the law protects criminals are enjoyable. But, for me, the hero of this story of redemption is somehow too appealing. Milne is a set of opinions and attitudes without profound...more
Milne is sitting in the parking lot of a hotel waiting for
three men. Milne earns money on the side by doing what he
does best. Punishing the bad guys. This time though he has
been duped and instead of blowing away three drug dealers he
kills three innocent people. This starts an investigation
that sees him heading for serious trouble. Twelve hours later
Milne is on the streets again, an eighteen year old girl
named Miriam Fox is found with h...more
Dennis is an interesting character, morally ambiguous but works to his own set code of ethics. He's weary, cynical and jaded. When an assassination he is involved in goes horribly wrong he finds himself beseiged from all sides.
I really enjoyed this. Milne isn't your average character, and at times it was very difficult to feel any emp...more
Simon Kernick is a Londoner, you can tell, he describes the settings in this book like only a Londoner can (being one myself I can easily relate). He provides an excellent account of what goes on behind the tourist/postcard views of London delving into the London underworld.
A frustrated police detective who takes matters into his own hands, The Business of Dying documents his latter days...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
Some of the twists in the book were predictable however...more
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
Das Buch gliedert sich in zwei Geschichten, die eine Hauptgeschichte nimmt dabei mehr Raum ein. Milne ermittelt in einem Fall bei dem minderjährige Prostituierte plötzlich verschwinden und stößt dabei auf die Leiche eines der vermissten Mädch...more
I liked also his care of the details like scene of shooting and the hitman couldn't get the hero (you satrted to think this is just like the movies) and the gun ends up with him and we found that there's something wrong with that gun
I wondered that too.There are too many such references leaving you pondering about reality behind stories.It's so well narrated , you can't help but imagine these characters so closely.It's fast paced novel , with violence which becomes unbearable at times,if you've got too active imagination.Author draws ver...more
The main character is a policeman you can sympathise with and is ultimately a bad guy but for all the right reasons.
I was enthralled and couldn't put it down, fastest book I have read in a long time.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the book, it's dark, sombre and disturbing in parts, the plot has some clever twists and the ending left me keen to read more.
It's a British crime theme with recognisable characters (from film and TV, not my neighbours ... obviously). Quite dark stuff but enjoyable reading if you like murder, gun play, meetings in funeral homes, knife play, secks, violence, drinking, more murder.
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