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A Good Day to Die by Simon Kernick

A Good Day to Die (2005)

by Simon Kernick

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This captivating and complex suspense story brings us back to the ongoing saga of disgraced ex-police inspector Dennis Milne. We were first introduced to Dennis in “The Business of Dying” and I suggest reading this novel first in order to understand why this intrepid protagonist ended up on the run as much from the police as from criminals. In this second installment, Dennis is now surrounded by low-life hoodlums, underworld overlords and corrupt upper figures of society.

Since our last encounter with Dennis he has had plastic surgery and moved to the Philippines and is known by locals as Mick Kane. He is now earning a living in the diving-supply trade with a former informant Tomboy Drake and moonlights for extra cash by working part-time as a hit man for London criminal Les Pope, an underworld contact of Drake’s.

With Dennis’s need to survive he has crossed over to the other side where morality is left behind and the use and abuse of power has become his new M.O. In this story Dennis reluctantly agrees to carry out a local hit on a major criminal and, in doing so, he stumbles upon a clue that could help solve the recent murder of his old friend and colleague, Asif Malik, back in London. As a wanted man Dennis is put in a very tough predicament however he still decides to risk everything by returning home to find out who ordered Malik’s death and why.

I like the way M. Kernick had developed his protagonist Dennis. All through the story I found myself sympathizing and wondering whether he is good guy at heart who has been dealt a bad hand and will his luck change. The plot is action packed, fast-paced with plenty of hair raising twists. At times the action is a little far-fetched with the characters surviving impossible situations however it spices up an immensely entertaining read. ( )
  Tigerpaw70 | Oct 11, 2012 |
A stunning read. Kept my attention right to the end. A good mix of action, detective and a little bit of social interest.
  nigelbarker | Jan 14, 2012 |
A Good Day to Die is the continuation of the story of ex-policeman Dennis Milne who in this book comes back to England from the Philippines where he escaped to at the end of The Business of Dying. Even after some plastic surgery and carrying a false passport, returning is a dangerous proposition as he is still very much a wanted man. What draws him back and makes for an exciting read is the murder of an old friend and partner who was gunned down along with an informer.

How this story weaves together it’s many pieces and slowly reveals why this shooting occurred makes for an exciting read. Simon Kernick is a master at providing his readers with a story that takes off running from the first page. British Crime is about “Hard Men” and the character of Dennis Milne is certainly all of that.

A gritty, exciting revenge thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Aug 21, 2010 |
Not as well written as the first one and more of a comedy. Not bad, though. ( )
  Ninetail | Feb 4, 2009 |
This is a prelude to Relentless, but stands alone. I actually read Relentless first which didn't really matter, but it is preferable to read this first nonetheless. Another cracking tale of professional criminals in London, but with a prelude in the Philipines. A retired cop seeks revenge for a former colleague's death and there is many a twist before the conclusion. Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote edwardsgt | Aug 14, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0552157384, Mass Market Paperback)

Dennis Milne is back! A dark, gritty, utterly page-turning novel set in London’s meanest of mean streets: the follow-up to the hugely acclaimed debut, The Business of Dying.

When Dennis Milne — now living under an assumed identity in the Philippines — hears that his old friend and colleague Malik has been gunned down in a restaurant, he decides to go back to the violent city he once called home, and bring the murderer to book.

Milne arrives in a pre-Christmas London that is cold and hostile. But he is no longer a policeman; no longer charged with keeping the peace and upholding the law.

Although his friends at the King’s Cross station do not know that Milne is back in town, it soon becomes clear that his arrival has been expected by men who are after his blood. Hungry for revenge and determined to uphold his own very rough brand of justice, Milne’s search for the person behind his friend’s death leaves a trail of death and destruction that is more wide-reaching than even he could have expected.

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Ex-cop Dennis Milne is intent on revenge. His best friend has been brutally executed, and Milne wants to know who did it, and why. From the beaches of the Philippines to the streets of London, a hunt for justice becomes a terrifying battle for survival.… (more)

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