“Lavery’s imagination is formidable, his surreal images striking, his insights sharp.” — Globe and Mail
“Lavery’s use of language and characterization is incredible.” — Scene Magazine
“When I was young, very young, I thought it would be a good idea to be a policeman. Because, I thought, if I fought crime really hard,by the time I got to be forty, forty-five maybe, there wouldn’t be any more crime.” Detective Inspector Paul-François Bastarache, despite his degrees in Criminology and Business Administration, and his devotion to a distinguished career, does not achieve his goal.
You, Kwaznievski, You Piss Me Off deals with crimes that remain unsolved. Some are unpleasant and brutal, some of doubtful importance — others might even be considered useful. But most are ambiguous, difficult to reconstruct, and the result of misunderstandings or miscommunication.
John Lavery’s Very Good Butter was a Hugh MacLennan prize finalist. He has twice been a runner-up in the annual Prism International contest, and his stories have appeared in This Magazine, The Canadian Forum, The Ottawa Citizen, and The London Spectator
Published: October 2004
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.