****44. - 454.) The Business of Dying by Simon Kernick – Dennis Milne, a
- Bill Selnes
- Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Thursday, November 7, 2013
The Business of Dying by Simon Kernick
In this post I put up a review I wrote in the fall of 2008.
detective, moonlights as a hired killer of bad guys avoiding justice. His
vigilante justice is turned upside down when he is set up by his employer and
kills two customs officers and an accountant. As he struggles to deal with his
actions he attempts to resolve the murder of an early teenage prostitute. Trying
to reconcile his lawful pursuit of criminals with his own criminal actions is
difficult. As he moves forward each of the plots becomes more complex. There
were too many bodies for me. The book drew me swiftly forward as I wondered
what the consequences would be for Milne. I concluded that anti-heroes are not
my favourites. While I sometimes tire of the hero always solving the case I
dislike the hero being a murderer. Should the anti-hero be rewarded for killing
bad people? Many would favour such action but when did the anti-hero become God?
Milne settles for justifying his actions to himself. Good. Paperback. (Oct.