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A Good Day To Die: (Dennis Milne 2) [Kindle Edition]

Simon Kernick
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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.

But London is a dangerous place, especially for a man like Milne.

Because although his former colleagues don't know he's back in town, it soon becomes clear there are people who do. And that they'll stop at nothing to get him out of the way.

From the beaches of the Philippines to the mean streets of London, a hunt for justice becomes a terrifying battle for survival.

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    "Simon Kernick may be a new kid on the block but he certainly knows how to crank up the suspense and deliver a kick in the gut when it's needed. A Good Day To Die is a terrific novel. Put this one at the top of your list; it will keep you up well into the night."--Peter Robinson"A Good Day To Die is everything we have come to expect from Kernick -- one of the best young crime writers to have emerged in the past five years. It's a fast-paced yet deeply moral thriller with a thoughtful protagonist who never mistakes himself for a hero."--Laura LippmanPraise for "The Murder Exchange" "Pathos, pace, twists and a savage sense of place make this a guilty pleasure."--"Guardian""From the Hardcover edition."

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    A dark, gripping thiller set in London’s meanest of mean streets, featuring ex-cop Dennis Milne.

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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Day to Die, a good book to buy 18 July 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is the sequel to The Business of Dying (TBOD) and I would recommend that book to be read first although it is not essential. I read A Good Day to Die immediately afterwards and with high expectations, but I was just slightly disappointed that this one lacked the pace and excitement of the first. Dennis Milne now goes by a different name and has done so for the past three years while living 'on the run' in the Philippines, but his contract killing duties are called upon even in this relatively remote part of the world and when Milne hears that a former detective associate of his has been gunned down in London, he can't resist the urge to go back home and hunt down the people responsible.

    In London Milne sets about his mission and suffers his fair share of complications along the way, the trouble for me though was that this was a slightly formulaic tale in comparison to TBOD which was refreshingly different at the time of its release. On the other hand, I found it much easier to accept Milne this time round as a freelance killer as opposed to the Detective Sergeant he had been in the first book. I may be wrong, but I think the Milne "series" ends with this second book, and new characters take centre stage in The Murder Exchange and The Crime Trade, if this is the case then I think Simon Kernick has done the right thing. His narrative style of story-telling is easy to read and I recommend his work to anyone looking for a new identity in crime fiction.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Milne returns 25 July 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    A Good Day To Die sees the return of former renegade cop Dennis Milne, who has been living in exile in the Philippines since being exposed as a hitman in Kernick's first book, The Business Of Dying. Milne has begun earning some paydays through contract killings in his new country of residence, and in so doing stumbles across a complex crime web that led to the assassination of his former police partner. Milne returns to London, under a false passport / identity, and begins to unravel the truth behind his former partner's death, using every survival instinct to stay alive and with a number of bodies left in his wake. All is eventually revealed, although expect a lot of twists on the way and an underlying criminal world that is stomach churning in context.
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    31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT book to read..... 15 Jun. 2005
    Kernick delivers.
    Dennis Milne returns, and this time its personal.
    His old mate from his days as an "honest" copper has been gunned-down in London under mysterious circumstances. Milne leaves his new life in the Far East behind him and returns to London. After some very fine scene-setting in the Philippines, the action switches to London.
    Milne meets up with a fit young female journalist, and they begin to make some progress. What follows is an action-packed thriller, full of twists and turns, that will keep you guessing, and more importantly, turning pages, until the gripping conclusion. Kernicks humour again shines through.
    Milne is great anti-hero. Despite what he does, and the no-holds-barred manner in which he does it, its hard not to like the guy. It would be good to know someone like like him you could call !
    Given the rubbish we are subjected to on-screen nowadays, large and small, I am surprised that none of Kernick's work has been adapted yet. I live in hope.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Real London.... 19 May 2014
    By pedant
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Kernick's books are based on what he learns from his contacts in the police and security services, says the blurb. So why do they read like a sado-masochistic Boys' Own adventure story with ladles of sex thrown in? There's too much 'and with one bound Jack was free' unlikeliness and far too often surprising allies spring to help.
    However,the narrative drive is good,the moral ambiguities of policing a relatively free society receive some attention as are the dangers and benefits of society wide surveillance. The characters are mostly well-drawn and convincing, especially the morally dubious investigators.
    All in all, I'm enjoying Kernick's with thei exploration of crime and punishment in a world of moral relativism and intense me-me-me behaviours.
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    I originally found this author by taking a chance on a cheap deal from the Book People,but once i`d read the first one I was hooked,and have since bought 11 books by him,read four of them and about to start the 5th asap.....I`m generally more of a factual reader,but these books have gripped me like a crocodile,and I have to have one on the go at all times......Highly Recommended !
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    15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Left me wanting more 13 July 2006
    By lmhh VINE VOICE
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is the first Simon kernick novel I have read, but I will definitely be working my way through the earlier ones now as I really enjoyed A Good Day to Die. The foreword by Lee Child congratulates Simon Kernick on creating an authentic contemporary England and he is right. I recognise the country he describes which contributes to enjoyment of the action. Also, DS Dennis Milne is more than a flawed hero he is a killer but Kernick still manages to make him a sympathetic character. All in all a good read.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, a good read 26 Jun. 2015
    This the first of Kernick's books I have read and would definitely read more, I appreciated the fast pace and also his characters. I did think the manner in which Milne continuously escaped from bad situations a little repetative, although overall I enjoyed the book.
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