The Business of Dying
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
In his day job, he's on the trail of someone who has murdered a young lady. It turns out this could be part of a series of killings. While investigating, our guy also balan ...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
There is an interesting story I have to tell about this book/series, before I come to the actual review. When I started reading Kernick's books, the first one I read was The Payback. When I came to know there was another part about Milne, I bought A Good Day to Die, finally realizing, that I had read the whole series in the wrong way.
So after I recently finished one of Kernick's later books, I decided to read all of them in order. Finally.
Dennis Milne is a cop, who's very frus ...more
As the opening scene illustrates, The Business of Dying is not for the faint of heart; there is no la ...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
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
Simon Kernick’s “hero” is the long se ...more
When we meet Dennis Milne, he's waiting for his next targets to arrive. He does the job and takes them out, but things are about to spiral out of control, changing Dennis' life irrevocably.
This book is well-written and Dennis Milne is a rounded ...more
An readable/listenable novel with an unlikely and not very likeable protagonist and barely credible storyline.
The plot involves a detective sergeant of police who has made a nice, hidden pot of cash by killing baddies who have not been brought to justice but should have been ... or at least that is his contention.
Narrated in the first person in an attractive British accent (to this Aussie anyway), the first third or so of th ...more
A few parts in the story were a bit weak. The ending, for me at least, wasn’t the best. And the ‘twist’ or part where everything ‘clicks’ was quite good but also a little random and rushed. I felt like I spent a few nights getting into the story and then on the last night is was over.
Anyway I’ve heard similar things from other reviewe ...more
The book itself has a number of typos and layout errors that were distracting. Shame on the publi ...more
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"Shut the fuck up, and stop playing me for an idiot. And secondly, and more importantly, I've unearthed some disturbing information about you which I want to discuss in more detail before I fill you with holes.”