Synopses & Reviews
Be nice. Nice is good. Nice sets a standard. Then, when you get mean, the shock is strongest.
Montgomery “Monty” Haaviko has done the crimes and has lived the criminal lifestyle. His trade secrets——could fill a book. Now all he wants to do is settle down with his wife and baby and work on building a straight life. But for a man whos never held down a legitimate job and who faces the daily temptation of returning to his past, it isnt going to be easy. When Monty foils a robbery in his new home, killing the intruders, he quickly finds there are those who dont want him ever to forget what he once was. Detective Sergeant Enzio Walsh knows all about Montys history and is determined to use it to put Monty away for murder.
A couple of drops of Krazy Glue on the tips of your fingers eliminate fingerprints
Not since Jack Reacher has there been such a quick-thinking, hard-edged anti-hero whom readers will root for against all odds. Monty imparts his hard-earned criminal knowledge via sharp asides straight out of the hit show Burn Notice or the bestselling Beat the Reaper, because he knows it's going to take all of the tricks he has to prove his innocence, protect his family and avoid the allure of the life he left behind.
A dying man can do a lot of damage.
"Canadian author Van Rooy introduces an appealing antihero, Montgomery Haaviko, in his debut, a gritty, offbeat suspense novel. When three armed men break into Haaviko's Winnipeg house, Haaviko, who has a criminal record but is trying to make a fresh start, winds up killing them all in self-defense. The police don't believe his account and arrest him for murder. When Haaviko refuses to talk without a lawyer, the police beat him severely. Later, with the help of a lawyer, Haaviko succeeds in getting the charges against him dropped. Despite having nothing official hanging over him, Haaviko soon discovers that his attempts to find gainful employment are being undercut by an unknown foe, who begins a whispering campaign against him by spreading word of his shady past. While Van Rooy doesn't sustain the energy of the dramatic opening scene, he heightens interest with his lead's clever efforts to counter this campaign and tosses in enough dark humor to please Elmore Leonard fans. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Not since Jack Reacher has there been such a quickthinking, hard-edged antihero who readers will root for against all odds All recovering drug addict and reformed thief Montgomery Haaviko wants to do is settle down with his wife and baby in their new home and work on building a straight life, one free of the day-to-day hustle and danger of being a career criminal. But for a man whos never held down a legitimate job it isnt going to be easy. When Monty foils a robbery in his new home, killing the intruders, he soon finds he has both a small-time crime boss and a star police sergeant looking for ways to ruin him, run him out of town, or kill him. Its going to take all of the tricks this streetwise ex-con has up his sleeves to prove his innocence, protect his family, and avoid the temptation of the life he left behind. Montgomery Haavikos Tricks of the Trade:
• Be nice. Nice is good. Nice sets a standard. Then, when you get mean, the shock is strongest.
• Armored cars are owned by people with guns.
• When burglarizing a house move slowly. Then slow down. Now cut it by half. And youve got it.
• A couple of drops of crazy glue on the tips of your fingers will eliminate fingerprints.
When ex-drug addict and reformed thief Montgomery Haavik foils a robbery, killing the intruders, it doesn't make staying straight any easier. He soon finds he has both a small-time crime boss and a star police sergeant looking for ways to ruin him and run him out of town.
About the Author
MICHAEL VAN ROOY was a full-time writer who lived in Canada. In his diverse career, he worked as a teacher, a newspaper editor, a bartender, a cheesemaker, and a casino dealer. He won the 2009 John Hirsh Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. He passed away suddenly in January 2011. He will be missed.