From the monthly archives: "June 2013"

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I was honoured by the recent review in Booklist, the review publication for  American librarians.

Now, Library Bound (the book resource for Canadian libraries) has been heard from. First they featured Almost Criminal as a book of “Special Interest” in their May newsletter, then they named it one of “Ron’s Picks”—a staff favourite of print manager Ron Stadnick. His complete review is here, but here’s a taste:

“With convincing characters and a lack of cartoonish violence, this is a good read for those with an interest in how marijuana cultivation can underpin vast swathes of a community in myriad ways.

The teenaged protagonist has the mostly usual problems endemic to the age: family, school, money, unrequited love etc, making this a good book for young adult and reluctant readers as well.”

Almost Criminal

Almost Criminal by E.R.Brown

In this weekend’s Globe & Mail, Margaret Cannon reviews four recent Canadian crime/mystery novels. It’s an honour to be reviewed alongside Howard Shrier, Fuminori Nakamura and Barbara Fradkin. Especially when the review says the book is “funny and twisted in the same vein as Breaking Bad… with tons of great Lower Mainland vibes.”

Here’s the review:

Randle Kennedy has the seeds for the world’s finest B.C. weed. He can hand you a toke that’ll be the high of your dreams. It can ease your cancer or help your granny’s Alzheimer’s. When B.C. finally legalizes pot, he plans to become a major player. Meanwhile, he’s stuck with a transportation issue. His market is in the United States. His plants are in Canada. He needs a front. Enter Tate MacLane, boy genius. Since his grand days in high school (he graduated at 14), Tate’s talents have been put to use making one of Vancouver’s finest lattes. Then Randle Kennedy comes calling. This is funny and twisted in the same vein as Breaking Bad (but very Canadian on the crime) with tons of great Lower Mainland vibes. This is Brown’s debut and it’s an auspicious one.