Michael Van Rooy

Michael Van Rooy

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.

Website URL:

A Criminal to Remember

"A terrific story, engrossing and inventive. Van Rooy has upped the ‘anti’ in his hero and given us a character who is irresistible­—endlessly resourceful, morally complex, and very funny. Be a crime not to read it."

—Terry Griggs

ISBN 9780888013699
Base price with tax $16.00
Sales price $16.00
Sales price without tax $16.00

Ordinary Decent Criminal, An

“[An Ordinary Decent Criminal] is funny, fast-paced and so hugely compelling it’s hard to put down. Van Rooy has all the elements—a terrific protagonist, a twisting plot and a writing style that snaps along.”

—Winnipeg Free Press

ISBN 9780888013484
Base price with tax: $16.00
Sales price: $16.00
Sales price without tax: $16.00

Criminal Intent

Criminal Intent is a vignette set before events in both Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal and An Ordinary Decent Criminal. Criminal Intent reveals a hard and merciless Monty Haaviko. Freshly released from a stint in prison, Monty goes looking for revenge on the partner who let him take the fall for a bank robbery gone wrong.

ISBN 9780888013408
Base price with tax: $6.00
Sales price: $6.00
Sales price without tax: $6.00

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal

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.

ISBN 9780888013392
Base price with tax: $16.00
Sales price: $16.00
Sales price without tax: $16.00
Subscribe to this RSS feed

Ravenstone an imprint of Turnstone Press

206-100 Arthur Street
Winnipeg, MB   R3B 1H3
Ph: 204-947-1555; Toll Free: 888-363-7718

Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.

Log In or Register

fb iconLog in with Facebook