You, Kwaznievski, You Piss Me Off
“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. Lavery appeared in Coming Attractions and The Journey Prize Anthology. He lives in Gatineau, Quebec, with his wife and children.