Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal is the follow-up to the Sykes Best First Book winner An Ordinary Decent Criminal (which Lindor Reynolds called "astonishingly good…"). This time out, ex-con Montgomery "Monty" Haaviko would prefer to be known as the friendly neighbourhood daycare provider, but it's his criminal expertise that brings him unwanted attention from new acquaintances and old friends. A human rights activist named Marie Blue Duck wants Monty to do good; local drug smuggler Samantha Richot wants him to do bad; and his old jailhouse crony, Hershel "Smiley" Wiebe, well, Monty has no idea what Smiley wants. Which is very bad…
And what is very good? The novel of course. Chadwick Ginther from McNallyRobinson.com claims that "Montgomery Haaviko, [is] one of the most complex and enjoyable crime protagonists [he has] ever read." Michael has also signed on to do two more Monty Haaviko books with Ravenstone, an imprint of Turnstone Press. Criminals are Forever and The Criminal Code are scheduled for release in 2010 and 2012, respectively.
In addition, we are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with Winnipeg's Big Mind Films on an option to purchase the film rights to An Ordinary Decent Criminal. Big Mind Films is partnering with Farpoint Films in developing the book as a feature film. Big Mind's Roman Buchok was delighted to acquire the film option. "Michael's writing is wonderfully cinematic. It just grabs you immediately," says Buchok. "It's a strong story about a professional bad guy gone good-with a cast of well drawn, utterly believable characters and that just right dialogue and detail."
If you're a fan of crime fiction, action adventure, or just like to see Winnipeg in fiction then get yourseelf a copy of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal. You'll be glad you did.