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Dying Is My Business

(Dying Is My Business #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  655 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Given his line of work in the employ of a psychotic Brooklyn crime boss, Trent finds himself on the wrong end of too many bullets. Yet each time he’s killed, he wakes a few minutes later completely healed of his wounds but with no memory of his past identity. What’s worse, each time he cheats death someone else dies in his place.

Sent to steal an antique box from some squat
Paperback, 369 pages
Published October 8th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
3.5 stars. Another day, another death.
I was a freak, but at least I was a meticulous freak.

Get. Your. Freak. On. This is the book for any person who (as a kid) took their Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and Thundercat toys out into the backyard and found a way to invent a new world where they would battle each other. Unless you were me, and had to make due with a Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Ponies, and a generic She-Ra doll (hey, I was a sheltered kid. I only got to play army men and Star W
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

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Michelle’s Review – 5 Skulls – A

Due to real life problems, I stopped requesting Advanced Reader Copies (ARC) from publishers and authors. It’s not that I didn’t feel I could read their book and give my honest opinion, it was because time was/is precious. When you read an ARC, there is usually no (or very few) previous reviews. You are the “guinea pig” for all future readers. For a long time, I didn’t want to risk my precious time to be other reader
Chandler Smith
May 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Written with uncommon self-awareness, DYING IS MY BUSINESS is an urban fantasy that frequently satirizes the conventions of fantasy, noir, and horror. The first metafictional move comes in the third chapter, when Trent, the protagonist, reads a sword-and-sorcery novel entitled THE RAGANA'S REVENGE. Inside its front cover, a map depicts locales like "the Cliffs of Treachery, the Forest of Dark Secrests, and the Sea of Miseries." He then snarkily imagines the geography of his own contemporary NYC ...more
Paul Nelson
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-books-read
Dying is my business by Nicholas Kaufmann is a roller coaster of a read that climaxes in a break neck speed plummet into the depths before finally coming to rest with a relatively happy ending. Seriously though, this is fast paced with no breaks in the tempo and for a YA Urban fantasy book which I wouldn't normally touch, I have to say I really enjoyed it.

Trent works in the underbelly of New York City doing the dirty jobs for a pseudo mobster called Underwood but all he wants is answers to his m
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
2 ½ to 3 stars Conflicted

So I've stated before how much I really dig Urban Fantasy, and after reading Nicholas Kaufman’s novella Chasing the Dragon,(standalone, unrelated novella) I was really excited to get my hands on the authors foray into Urban Fantasy, Dying is My Business. But as you can tell by the past tense verbiage the novel did not live up to my expectations.

This novel has the premise that our protagonist Trent, cannot stay dead. For some unknown reason he woke up a year ago with no
Dying Is My Business is a fast-paced, chock-full of action urban fantasy with male protagonist. Yes, it has its flaws but I'm seriously having too much fun reading about this, that it falls into my 4* entertaining kind of story.

** The Story **

Trent couldn't remember anything from more than a year ago. The only thing he knew about himself was that he couldn't die. Oh, wait, he COULD die, but he always returned back to the world of the living after sucking the life of someone else in the near vici
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, favorites
Summary: Trent died plenty of times. Yet he always wakes up, someone else dying instead. He might be able to stop it if he had any memory of who he was. Trent's boss, the crime boss Underwood, sends him on a mission to retrieve a box and kill the people guarding it. But Trent has not killed anyone outright, and after goblins attack, he realizes the world is not what it seems. Someone has to know who Trent is.

Review: It is rare that a first book in a series blows me away, especially when it's wr
Wyatt Packard
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, mystery, fantasy
Trent is on a mission. The mission to find his identity, the past he can't remember, including is real name. Trent has an agreement with a psychotic crime boss. If Trent does the jobs he's told to do, he will be told just who is is. Because Trent is the go to guy. Trent has a power, he can't die. He's been shot many times, every death and then revival just leaves a bystanders corpse behind. When he is given the task of retrieving an antique box, Trent assumes it will be an average collecting job ...more
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Prior to writing this review, I looking through my notes and status updates while reading. Pretty early on I made the note: "Needs to get moving." Boy, did Nicholas Kaufmann do just that!

Dying is My Business starts out almost as a basic thriller with Trent being the muscle for his boss, Underwood. He's bringing in someone who has information that Underwood needs. Pretty quickly we learn that Trent isn't like other thugs. For one thing, he can't be killed. If he is shot, stabbed or drowned, his b
I, Spy, Books
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...Did that really just end? JUST LIKE THAT!??!!?

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(See Synopsis for Book details)

Gargoyles, Vampires, Necromancers, Mages, Dragons, and Lycanthropes- OH MY! Throw in Fantastic Main Characters with witty banter and I am SOLD! Not to mention the ending had me begging for more! You have 4.5 Stars from me Mr. Kaufmann!!!
Shera (Book Whispers)
****Review copy received through Netgalley for an honest review.****

Wow, it feels so strange to say this about a male lead. But he's Too Stupid To Live! Kaufmann was clearly trying to make his main lead, Trent, a take action asks questions later kind of man. But fail. Every time Trent made a move it felt like I was continually yelling at him for making yet another stupid move. Magic and fantasy type things are real, let's keep shooting at things with a gun that doesn't phase them. Suddenly you
Jonathan Lupa
Jan 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
I did not like it, sam I am. I have no particular desire to trash a book, but at least let me explain a bit. There were 3 times that I wanted to just put this book aside (something that I almost never do), at about 40%, 60%, then finally at 90%.

The characters were static, and mostly one dimensional. Worse, they behave contrary to the way they are described. This isn't bad enough to drive me away from the book, simply to not give me something to hold on to, some reason to continue. (2star)

The set
harlequin {Stephanie}
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
What does this have to offer? action packed fights and even a car chase. Infact aside from the immortal running around dying it looks oddly similar to that remake of Frankenstein that the underworld jokers made. well, if you think about it... they have an immortal too. I did not like that piece of shit nor could I find myself getting excited about this one. It was missing the visceral emotion that I have witnessed from this author and now come to expect.

Setting that itch aside, maybe it only bo
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
Dark, gritty, and awesome. This would be a seriously amazing movie. Can't wait to discuss this at book club tomorrow! ...more
I would like to thank NetGalley for offering me access to works published by St. Martin's Griffin, and St. Martin's Griffin for granting me the chance to read this ARC, and introducing me to this author, all in exchange for an honest review. Though I received the e-book for free that in no way influences this review (which anyone who reads my reviews knows). In my world we would be able to rate books with 1/2 stars, but we can't so my official rating is 4 stars, but my REAL rating is 4.5 stars.

Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a word: Humorous and snarky dialog, a magical urban fantasy setting, kick-ass characters, with just enough gore and just a dash of romance.

There are a lot of dead things in New York City, things you usually don’t see. Dead rats in the sewers. Dead roaches under floorboards. Dead squirrels in the park bushes. The dead are everywhere, and in New York you probably aren’t more than a few feet from a dead thing at any given moment. I just never expected that rule to hold true on a crowded sidewalk
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed for and posted at Vampire Book Club

Review source: copy provided by the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review

Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars

Trent is a man who cannot die. Well he can, he just doesn’t stay dead. Instead something inside him steals the life force from the nearest person, killing them and reviving him. He also has no memory of his life before the last 12 months, Trent isn’t even his real name. It was given to him by his employer, Underwood, a d
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first encountered Nicholas Kaufmann’s fiction reading Chasing the Dragon a wonderful novella put out by the fine folks over at Chizine; it’s a wonderful little fantasy allegory about addiction that I highly highly recommend. When I spotted Kaufmann’s latest series of novels about a man who refuses to stay dead I pounced on them and devoured them wholesale back-to-back. Starting with Dying is My Business Kaufmann introduces readers to Trent. Trent works for Brooklyn crime boss doing odd jobs, p ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Arushi by: Zeenat
Shelves: urban-fantasy, crime
Trent is man with no memories. But what he does know beyond doubt is that he cannot die. Everytime he is killed, he comes back to life and someone else dies instead. Trent works for Underwood, a Brooklyn crime boss who has promised him answers about his identity in return for Trent being his 'collector'.

But then a job goes horribly wrong, and Trent starts questioning everything Underwood has told him, his own feelings and decisions and above all, the reality of the world around him.

The creatio
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was excited to finally get my hands on this new UF series with a male lead. Trent can't remember anything beyond the last year; he doesn't even know his real name. What he does know is that he cannot die. Because that has already happened--repeatedly--and he keeps coming back.

A local crime boss sees his value and sends him on dangerous jobs to retrieve people and/or objects. When his latest job to retrieve a box isn't as simple as expected, Trent is suddenly pulled into a world of hidden magic
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it

Overall rating = 3 & 1/2 stars

I've previously read Nicholas Kaufmann's novella "Chasing The Dragon". It was a fantastic re-imagining of St. George's mythos. With this book, Nicholas gives us a mystery ensconced with a urban fantasy world. Trent is the man who cannot die but he doesn't know who he is. Tasked to find a box, he will soon learn that there's more to the mundane world he know and what's out there might be more than enough to make him permanently dead.

Running from his former bosses
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this one, liked the blurb about the book. However as I read I was bored, put this down and picked up another book, in fact I picked up 2 different ones to read in between.

Trent was ok for me, I wanted to know about his past, why couldn't he remember, but I hated how he lived his life. I did like how Trent blended in with the new group, but hated how he kept lying. Around page 200 we were starting to get some answers, but I realized that at this point I didn't care any mor
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a FUN BOOK to read. It had that wonderful "Constatine"/"Hellboy" vibe of magic lurking just around the corner, in the shadows of our modern world. It felt like a grittier version of a Neil Gaiman story. Even though I have a digital ARC of the book, I'll be buying a copy when it comes out, just to show support for the author. In fact, the next book I read will probably be "Chasing the Dragon" by this same author. The world he created underneath (sometimes literally underneath) New York C ...more
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun! Gargoyles, vampires, revenants, magic, Knights in not so shining armour. It was all present and accounted for and set in a modern day NY. Being a blinkered reader I did not see the ending coming. Which made the entire book even better. Will certainly read Die and Stay Dead (the sequel).
Oct 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hey, what's in the box?

Clever, fun mix of horror/fantasy/mystery with a hero who can't die and pages you won't be able to stop turning.
Amy Braun
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! It was the first urban fantasy I'd read in a while, and I was instantly immersed. The world building is subtle at first but grows into something stronger, and I was super happy to see gargoyles being used in a creative manner. The visuals Kaufmann described were stellar, especially with the enemies, which made the plentiful action scenes all the more visceral and real. The characters were great. I absolutely love Trent. He's a tough guy, but he's also vulnerable and kind, in add ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Title: Dying is my Business
Author: Nicholas Kaufmann
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (October 8, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1250036100
Price: $12.60

“It’s not as easy as it looks to come back from the dead.”

What would you do if you couldn’t remember anything beyond one year ago? What if you also had a strange inability to die? You know this, because you have died—exactly nine times in that last year—and come right back to life. Well, if you’re Trent… well, just Trent.. Then you don’t have a last name, because
Andrea Blythe
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Dear Mr. Kaufmann,

First you invade my dream with creepy pictures. Now this.

I had plans, you know. I had things to do. But no, you had to provide me with the awesome that is Dying is My Business . Now my laundry remains unfolded. Stacks of papers and other detritus continue to clutter my shelves. All the words I planned to write remain unwritten. And I'm can't seem to rub the glue from my eyes, as I try to recover from the hours of sleep I lost last night in the desperate need to finish readin
Blood Rose Books
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
In his debut novel Nicholas Kaufmann introduces a man who is willing to do anything in order to regain the memories of his past, even if it means dying.....a few times.

All Trent remembers from his past is a brick wall, he remembers nothing but the wall where he awoke one year earlier, he did not even remember his name but he is on the ever search for his past, even if that means looking in unconventional places. Trent finds himself working for one of Brooklyn's crime bosses on the hope that he c
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This is good. The gold standard for me in Urban Fantasy is Harry Dresden. Nothing else really comes close in my book. This comes close, really close. A bit slow moving at first and seems mundane but, once it gears up, there’s no slowing down. Creative world building and interesting characters. If you are remotely interested in UF, put this on your list. And, glad to say, there’s a sequel.
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Nicholas Kaufmann is the Bram Stoker Award-, Thriller Award-, Shirley Jackson Award-, and Dragon Award-nominated author of numerous books and stories. In addition to his own work, he has written for such properties as Zombies vs. Robots, The Rocketeer, and Warhammer. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife.

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