Saturday, 17 October 2009

Book ~ "An Ordinary Decent Criminal" (2005) Michael Van Rooy

From Amazon ~ All ex-drug addict and reformed thief Montgomery Haavik wants to do is settle down with his wife and baby in their new Winnipeg 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 who's never held down a legitimate job and who faces the daily temptation of returning to the drugs and violence of his past, it isn't going to be easy.When Monty foils a robbery in his new home, killing the intruders, it doesn't make staying on the straight and narrow any easier. He soon finds he has both a small-time crime boss and a star police sargeant looking for ways to ruin him and run him out of town. It's going to take all of the tricks this aging, streetwise ex-con has up his sleeves to prove his innocence and protect his family, all the while avoiding the seductive allure of the life he left behind.

There aren't many mystery novels set in Canada so I was excited to come across this one.

But I didn't enjoy it ... it was confusing, boring, dumb.


OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Then I will definitely pass this one by....! Thanks!

Peppo said...

Many thanks for your greetings.

Very nice job!!!


Tina said...

i hate it when you have to think! books with pictures is the way for me lol

Tina from
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Travel Shack

Anonymous said...

LOL, I'm sorry you didn't like it. I'm interested in your opinion and would love to discuss this more.

Michael Van Rooy

Teena in Toronto said...

Ooops! Sorry, Michael.

I found the first couple of chapters okay but I found the story went off into some strange directions and I wasn't digging it.

I did like the writing style, though, but not the story.

I'll be sure to check out your next book.

Anonymous said...

Hi Teena,
Do check out the next two and tell me what you think. They are in the TO library system.
Glad you responded and sorry it took so long to get back to you.
You might want to try "The Fingers Twist" by Lee Lamothe, set in Toronto, quite charming and still with an edge.
Take care!
And don't ever worry about apologizing for not liking the book. No one can make everyone happy and I don't think that's a laudable goal anyway . . .

Teena in Toronto said...

I'll be sure to check out your other books, Michael!

And thanks for the head's up about Lee Lamothe :)