Ex-criminal Montgomery "Monty" Haaviko would rather be known as the friendly neighbourhood daycare provider, but it's his criminal past that brings him to the attention of Marie Blue Duck. Blue Duck is a human rights activist in Canada and she wants Monty to set-up a route to smuggle refugees into the United States from Canada.
Monty's carefully laid plans quickly go off the rails when he squares-off against local thug, Samantha Richot. Their power struggle rapidly escalates into kidnapping, torture, and a daring and highly explosive stand-off. Just when Monty thinks he might just have it all under control, his old jailhouse crony, Hershel "Smiley" Wiebe, shows up on his doorstep. Monty is more than suspicious of Smiley's motives, but figures if you should keep old friends close, you should keep old cons even closer. A gripping and aggressive crime novel, Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal, explores how far a man will go to protect his family, home and neighbourhood and asks the question "Can a man do good by doing bad?"
A "superb follow-up to An Ordinary Decent Criminal from the late Canadian author Van Rooy."
-- Publisher's Weekly
Michael Van Rooy (1968-2011) wrote for documentaries, magazines, newspapers and the Internet, and in 2009 won the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. His first book, An Ordinary Decent Criminal, won the 2006 Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Writer, was a finalist for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction and has been recently optioned by Big Mind Films to make a full-length feature film.
Michael released his third novel in the Monty Haaviko series, A Criminal to Remember, in the summer of 2010. Before settling on a writing career, Michael studied history at the University of Manitoba and was a restaurant manager, bartender, fishing guide, card dealer, news editor, cheesemaker, and federal prisoner. He used all this experience to inform his writing. Michael was born in Kamloops, BC, and grew up in Winnipeg, MB.