Synopses & Reviews
Given his line of work in the employ of a psychotic Brooklyn crime boss, Trent finds himself on the wrong end of too many bullets. Yet each time hes killed, he wakes a few minutes later completely healed of his wounds but with no memory of his past identity. Whats worse, each time he cheats death someone else dies in his place.
Sent to steal an antique box from some squatters in an abandoned warehouse near the West Side Highway, Trent soon finds himself stumbling into an age-old struggle between the forces of good and evil, revealing a secret world where dangerous magic turns people into inhuman monstrosities, where impossible creatures hide in plain sight, and where the line between the living and the dead is never quite clear. And when the mysterious box is opened, he discovers he has only twenty-four hours to save New York City from certain destruction, in Dying Is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann.
"Kaufmann's kickoff to a new urban fantasy series set in New York City aims high but falls short. The man known only as Trent, who had been an ordinary burglar working for a crime boss, is now something very different, having somehow come back from the dead nine times. Sent to Hell's Kitchen to recover a mysterious box, Trent finds a woman fending off six things with wings that he soon learns are gargoyles, the first of many supernatural beings he encounters. Some of the flatly delivered dialogue is unintentionally humorous ('I don't know who I am, or what I am. After today, I don't know what I'm becoming.... All I know is that it could be bad'), and the key story elements Trent discovering that he has additional powers, the race to ward off an apocalyptic threat are more familiar than interesting. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Filled with characters that should appeal to urban fantasy readers—a zombified werewolf is a standout—and told with real sense of style and wit, the book should have no trouble amassing an enthusiastic readership." - Booklist
“Reinvents the urban fantasy genre.” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling
"As we race to a truly apocalyptic conclusion you'll root for the very human protagonists of this very inhuman world." —David Wellington, author of 13 Bullets
"Whedonesque romance, inventive mythology, and badass monsters!" —Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling co-author of Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism
“Cazy, dark inventiveness on every page. Reminiscent of Roger Zelazny's Amber books.” —Mike Carey, author of Devil You Know
About the Author
NICHOLAS KAUFMANN lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two cats—one of which has special needs, the other of which only pretends to.