Canadian crime writer Michael Van Rooy, from Winnipeg, died in Montreal yesterday. He had just begun a tour to promote his most recent book "A Criminal to Remember". Michael, who was only 42, died of an apparent heart attack.
Published by Turnstone Press, in Canada, Van Rooy had been signed by St. Martin's Press, in the U.S. last year. He had a very promising career ahead of him.
His other books are "Your Friendly Neighbourhood Criminal" for which he was shortlisted for an Arthur Ellis Award (for Best First Novel) and "A Very Decent Criminal". All three books revolve around Monty Haaviko, a friendly ex-convict trying to stay out of trouble.
Michael is survived by his wife and three children.
An Ordinary Decent Criminal
JF 27 January 2011