About me

    I was born and raised in Kirkland Lake, a small northern mining community with a nearby First Nations reserve.

I grew up with a love of the north, even in the midst of winter, exploring the surrounding woods with my friends, and grandfather. I moved down south in my 20's, to follow a career in quality management, but my real pleasure was still heading outside the city, with canoe and tent. While in Toronto I also developed an interest in back-alley murals, in artistic graffiti, and worked with some police there that saw its potential as a community building exercise.
     I'd always been a voracious reader, so several years into retirement I decided to draw on those high-school years spent hiding in sci-fi and fantasy books and try writing. I haven't stopped since. Kirk's Landing is my first book, released in 2013, and the sequel, Return to Kirk's Landing, was released in December of 2016. While the first two were primarily crime stories, with a bit of supernatural, I have several others waiting to be edited, in the sci-fi and fantasy genres. 


Kirk's Landing

Kirks Landing cover (Copy)For a PDF of Chapter One, click here. Comments welcome below.

Synopsis - Dave, an undercover cop, is busted when his cloaking power fails in the middle of a gang meeting. Forced to hide out as Detachment Commander in Kirk's Landing, a small Manitoba town, his only goal is to continue as a loner and lay low for a year. He learns it's hard to stay a loner in a small town, though, especially with everyone eager to meet him and enlist his help with their version of the local issues. In addition to a new and challenging staff, he meets Rosie, the local cafe owner, transplanted from Toronto, Junior, a youth with a spray can and attitude, Mayor Palin, eagerly awaiting new funding for the mill, Chief Bourbeau from the nearby Anishinaabe reserve, waiting to see if Dave will really help, and the chief's daughter, JB, intrigued by this new and handsome Corporal. 

     Dave finds his detective instincts pulling him into an unsolved disappearance, corruption in the local high tech paper mill, and pollution of the local lakes and rivers. Unfortunately, the local council, his boss, even a Federal Minister, all want to keep the issues hushed up. When Dave tries to use his invisibility to help him in his investigations he discovers there are darker forces at work - forces that are now targeting him, changing him. It's now up to his friends to decide if he can be saved in time. 
Kirk's Landing is available as a paperback online from Chapters and Amazon, on order from your local bookstore, and as an ebook from Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, etc. 

Return to Kirk's Landing  

R2KL front cover only November 26 2016 copyNominated for Ottawa Independent Writers 2017 Frank Hegyi Award and City of Ottawa 2017 Book Awards. Reviewed in the Ottawa Review of Books.

Synopsis - Dave Browne, a former big city undercover cop, is hoping to finally settle into a peaceful new life as police chief in a small northern Canadian town. When he'd first arrived in the middle of winter, he’d relied on both his ability to disappear, and his new First Nations friends, to solve an unsolved murder, expose corruption at the local mill, and defeat an evil spirit. Now it’s summer, and he’s planning on being just a regular cop, worrying about things like jaywalking tourists and loud cottage parties. Unfortunately, parts of his past reappear, and he’s confronted with a biker gang, drugs, another murder, and a demonic possession. It's now time for him to face the benefits and limitations of his unique ability, changing both it and himself in the process.

Return to Kirk's Landing is available as a paperback online from Chapters and Amazon, on order from your local bookstore, and as an ebook from Kindle, Kobo, iBooks, etc.

Note - If you'd like to suggest this title to your local library, here is some information they may need. 

Author: Mike Young
Title: Return to Kirk's Landing
ISBN: 9781928049470
Crime fiction, adult. Paperback, 308 pages
Publisher: Deux Voiliers Publishing (2016)
Price: $22.95 Wholesale/library discounts available
Distributor: Red Tuque Books, Penticton, BC.
Summary - Dave's peaceful new life as police chief in a small town is shattered when ghosts from his past reappear. Suddenly he's confronted with bikers, drugs, treachery, a murder, and the reappearance of an evil spirit.

Finding Kirk's Landing

If you do a Google Maps search, you will find that it's here, at Big Choctaw Bayou on the Tensas River in Louisiana.  Kl

Probably not what you were looking for.

The Kirk's Landing of my book is a fictional town in south east Manitoba. 

As for the book itself, and the sequel they are in several places, including:

Did you like it?

I've sold hundreds of copies of my books face-to-face, plus more online as paperback and ebooks. I've also given away over two dozen, and have copies in local bookstores, the Ottawa Library, and several libraries across Canada. 

So, now that you've read my work, how about an online review?

A few of you have already added your feedback on various sites, but I would appreciate more - be it lavish praise or constructive criticism. You can just add a one-liner, such as "Great read, loved the small town feel, needs less pie and coffee breaks", or more if you feel inspired. Adding it to multiple locations would be even better.

Here are links to some sites:

Thanks, and feel free to pass your copy - paperback or ebook - on to a friend for their enjoyment. And remind them to review of course.

March Madness - Free Books

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