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Simon Kernick
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10 Nov 2011 Dennis Milne (Book 3)

Dennis Milne is a former cop and part-time assassin. He kills the bad guys - people who, in his opinion, deserve to die. Now he's in Manila, waiting for his next target: a young woman who's made some deadly enemies.

DI Tina Boyd is in Manila hunting down the man responsible for the death of her lover. She knows he's dangerous. She knows he's ruthless. But she's determined to bring him to justice - even if it kills her.

Two cops with pasts that haunt them - and a present that could see them both dead.

They are about to meet.

And when they do, it's payback time.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (10 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552158828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552158824
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Kernick is one of Britain's most exciting new thriller writers. He arrived on the crime writing scene with his highly acclaimed debut novel The Business of Dying, the story of a corrupt cop moonlighting as a hitman. However, Simon's big breakthrough came with his novel Relentless which was selected by Richard and Judy for their Recommended Summer Reads promotion, and then rapidly went on to become the bestselling thriller of 2007. Simon's research is what makes his thrillers so authentic. He talks both on and off the record to members of Special Branch, the Anti-Terrorist Branch and the Serious and Organised Crime Agency, so he gets to hear first hand what actually happens in the dark and murky underbelly of UK crime. To find out more about Simon Kernick and his thrillers, please visit

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"Pace, pace, pace is what Kernick does best, and this utterly gripping thriller brings together his great renegade cops Dennis Milne and Tina Boyd for this first time. Revenge is the name of the game here in a filthy Manila" (Daily Mirror)

"Delights, excited and stimulates, and the only reason you consume it so quickly is because it's so damn good" (GQ)

"Here's the nitty-gritty. This is a masterpiece of thriller writing that proves Kernick is a world clas operator. His latest surefire hit moves at breakneck speed from London to Hong Kong and the Philippines. It should have a health warning on the cofver as you may well forget to ear, sleep or even breathe as it sucks you into its addictive grip" (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

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Two cops. One city. No mercy. The new race-against-time bestseller by the UK Harlan Coben

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly riveting 18 Feb 2011
By Midnight TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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'The Payback' is a fast paced and addictive book which I had pre-ordered as Simon Kernick is one of my favourite authors.

Fugitive Dennis Milne, a former English Police Officer has been wanted by Interpol on murder charges for almost a decade. He's a killer available for hire but with a conscious.

DI Tina Boyd is a serving officer with London's Metropolitan Police. She has a history of alcoholism and is prone to erratic behaviour. She's determined to catch a ruthless criminal who she believes is responsible for her lover's death.

The tale is predominantly set in Manila - it is difficult to provide a further synopsis without giving too much away!

Skilfully written by an accomplished writer, it provides a thoroughly engrossing read. At the end of each chapter
you simply have to read on to find out what's going to happen next.

I became so gripped by the story, I read it in a day so can wholeheartedly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Payback 21 Aug 2011
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This is a fantastic read from Simon Kernick, written with bucket loads of pace with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing right until the very last page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another thriller from Kernick 26 Jun 2011
By matt94
Over the last few months I have become obsessed with the Simon Kernick books, and this was the last one that I read, yet still I was glued to the book. Payback is just one of the countless top thrillers that Kernick has written, and personally I would recommend reading every one of them. Each one I have thoroughly enjoyed, and now I am just disappointed that I don't have more to read. They are up there with the best books I have ever read for sure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loose Ends 5 April 2011
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Simon Kernick is one of the few writers whose books I buy in hardback because I rate his thrillers so much, but The Payback was a bit of a let down.

The pace is fast and furious as I've come to expect from Kernick, but somehow it didn't work quite so well this time round. The two main characters are well drawn, but most of the bad guys are two-dimensional caricatures and the main villain is almost see through.

It feels as though Kernick wanted to tie up previous loose ends and that it was a rushed job, giving Milne and Boyd their swan song at the expense any great care to explain the motivations of the evil forces ranged against them
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 22 July 2011
By rob
A little more predictable than his previous books, but maybe because I've read them all I'm starting to see his writing style a bit easier. Overall a good read, worth reading but not his best. Still I look forward to reading Black Thursday!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read but.... 6 May 2011
This is a good holiday read and that was exactly where I read it; pacy with a lot going on and the bringing together of characters from previous Kernick books. However, 'holiday read' is the key, where you grab a few pages in the sun or just before bed. If I had been concentrating fully it was too patchy and not as tight as Kernick's other books. As I have mentioned in other reviews, why do authors produce villians who cut the throats of children, women and their enemies following a lifetime of working for special forces somewhere in the world, only to hesitate when a slip of a policewomen fights back! As far as career villians are concerned, Kernick let Paul Wise down very badly at the end of the book to the point I felt he had run out of ideas. I cannot see any further future for Tina Boyd in Kernick's writing plans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kernick does not disappoint! 19 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Very fond of Simon Kernick as a thriller/crime writer and this does not disappoint. Yes, it has to be said there is little in the way of deep character development but what this book lacks in deep intelligent literary thought it makes up for in the ferocious action that starts on page one and does not let up until the if you want to escape from the toils and tribulations of daily life...let facebook go....forget emails...switch off the telly and settle down to good old fashioned storytelling....come on you know you want to and you will not be disapponted :)) The Payback sees the pairing of Tina Boyd and Dennis Milne in a fast and exciting romp in The Phillippines, both characters are flawed and frankly appear to put very little value on life some might even say hiding a death wish but this only notches up the action for the reader. The book is brought to a great conclusion and neatly closed some of the running storylines and themes and there is an excellent little postscript from the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Compelling 20 July 2014
By Kim
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I am absolutely heartbroken at the end of this book. It always amazes me how reading a book can make you feel this way and this book has certainly done that. I have read all three Dennis Milne novels and I am so blessed to have read them all. Dennis Milne is a character I will never forget and even though he was certainly no angel as the author puts it you really emphasise with him because ultimately he is only trying to do what is right. You can understand his reasons. I can't tell you how much I have loved these books and I would recommend everyone and anyone to read them. They are compelling. Thank you Simon Kernick.
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Published 1 day ago by MRS J CUMPPER
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant!
Simply brilliant! I'm so pleased I stumbled across this author. I have loved every book of his I've read. Every one is as good as the next. Read more
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Have never read action books before, but having read this one I am tempted to continue exploring. This book is definitely one to read!
Published 2 months ago by Ms. Celestine Francis
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
Bought this cd to listen to in the car on boring long journeys to work. So glad I did.
New to Simon Kernicks work, and have now bought loads of his books that I am going to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by bridgesilver
4.0 out of 5 stars the payback
another good book by simon kernick his writing has you not wanting to put the book down. it is worth buying
Published 3 months ago by fvmartino
4.0 out of 5 stars Tina Boyd follower.
Tina Boyd's tenacity to get to follow the information she has at hand plus the following of the Derek Milne's life ,
Simon certainly keeps your interest in flow. Read more
Published 3 months ago by john853
5.0 out of 5 stars another good read
fast paced reading his previous books helped with the story of this one thoughrly enjoyed the read x x x
Published 3 months ago by david leswell
4.0 out of 5 stars Another fast paced crime thriller
I reserve 5 stars for totally brilliant, beautifully written books, so 4 stars is pretty good. I read it in 2 days, getting back to it whenever I could. Read more
Published 4 months ago by CM Chobham
5.0 out of 5 stars a terrific read
Although I don't usually read novels that contain such violence I couldn't put this book down. I wanted Dennis to live but I see why Simon had to let him die. Read more
Published 5 months ago by katie gowlett
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