An Ordinary Decent Criminal

An Ordinary Decent Criminal

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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 who's never held down a legitimate job it isn't 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. It's 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 Haaviko's 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 you've got it.

- A couple of drops of crazy glue on the tips of your fingers will eliminate fingerprints.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312606282
Branch Call Number: VAN ROOY
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 22 cm.


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Levi_Hayes Oct 27, 2015

This book was a 4 until I got about 50 pages from the end (18% left). Monty is witty and the narration style is quick and precise, which kept me turning pages--more than I thought I was. However, there is a bunch of stuff in the middle that is pretty domestic and it is good material, but it feels totally disconnected from Monty's problems with Walsh and Robillard. He just suddenly decided to deal with them again in the last 35/40 or so pages, and because of that the way he did deal with them seemed over the top and a bit silly and unbelievable. Amazing beginning, strong middle, but kind of a weak ending.

Aug 25, 2010

An Ordinary Decent Criminal – Van Rooy, Michael
Monty Haaviko is a reformed drug addict and criminal who is just trying to live a nice ordinary straight life with his wife, son, dog and mouse. First day in the new house is ruined when three criminals enter the house and try to rob and manhandle Monty. What is a guy to do but defend himself and his family. He does and the cops , well one in particular decides to make it his business to drive him out of town. Monty fights back and it is game on. Raunchy, edgy, violent but the good guy wins.
This time not the cops.


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Oct 13, 2010

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