"Prime hard boiled detective novel"
In England Detective Sergeant Dennis Milne is a tough,
dedicated yet sordid and depraved cop who moonlights as a
hit man. He takes out the dregs of society for a fee paid
by other scum. On his latest non-police assignment, he and
his partner kill three nasties and easily escape the scene.
The brass assigns Milne to investigate the triple homicide
in which he was the trigger. To his shock he quickly
learns that two of the victims were customs employees and
the third deceased was an accountant. Realizing he killed
the good guys, an angry Milne decides he needs real answers
from his clients who apparently double-crossed him. He
also is involved in inquiries into the vile murder of a
teenage girl. As his criminal employers demand he cool it,
his law enforcement associates begin to investigate Milne.
He, on the other hand, simply thirsts for revenge against
those who set him up, but to cleanse his soul he must find
who viciously committed the teen atrocity.
Milne is a complex protagonist who learns that a conscience
is a pain in the butt, as he does not mind killing
society's lowest residue, but not those he considers
decent. The last hit bothers him badly and though he
cannot clean the slate he can try to eliminate those who
caused this atrocity. THE BUSINESS OF DYING pairs a prime
hard boiled detective theme parallel with a police
procedure subplot that when they connect the antihero star
is caught in the crosshairs.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 16, 2003