The Business of Dying

A Novel

Dennis Milne Series (Volume 1)

Simon Kernick

Minotaur Books

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It’s a typical cold November night and Detective Sergeant Dennis Milne, a very atypical policeman, waits in the Traveller’s Rest Hotel parking lot for the arrival of three men. Cynical and jaded, Milne earns money on the side by doing what he does best: punishing the bad guys. But this time he’s been duped. Instead of blowing away drug dealers, he kills three innocent people, their deaths starting an investigation that sees him and his conscience heading for trouble.

Less than twelve hours later, Milne is out on the streets again. Eighteen-year-old Miriam Fox has been found dead by Regent’s Canal---her throat slashed. Desperate to find Miriam’s killer, Milne uncovers a web of depravity far more shocking than he could ever have imagined. Can he evade arrest for his own crimes and solve a case so sickening that it may provide the key to his personal redemption?

The clock is ticking and everyone’s watching their backs as a war of morality is fought in the mind of one renegade policeman in this gripping first novel by a talented young crime writer.

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The Business of Dying
Part OneINTRODUCING THE DEAD1There's a true story that goes like this. A few years back a thirty-two-year-old man abducts a ten-year-old girl from the street near her house. He takes her back to his dingy bedsit, ties her to a bed, and subjects her to a brutal hour-long sex ordeal. It might have been a lot worse had the walls not been paper thin. One of the neighbours hears the screams, phones the police, and they come and knock the door down. The girl is rescued, although apparently she still bears the scars, and the perpetrator is arrested.

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"The Business of Dying caught me with its gut-wrenching reality. A compelling debut." --Gerald Seymour, author of Dead Ground
"Powerful prose, tight plotting and a clever fair-play puzzle add up to a remarkable first effort."--Publishers Weekly(starred review)
"Impressive...Nicely plotted and briskly paced, with a voice not unlike James M. Cain's in Double Indemnity."--Kirkus Review

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Simon Kernick

Simon Kernick lives near London with his wife and young daughter. The Business of Dying is his first novel.

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The Business of Dying
A Novel
Simon Kernick

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312314026
ISBN10: 0312314027
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 336 pages
$19.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
September 2005
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ISBN: 9781466824881
ISBN10: 1466824883
336 pages
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