Wasted Time is anything but that as a book! It’s a gritty, realistic, and highly relevant look at poverty, criminal activity, and our penal system. There is nothing here that trivializes the violence involved in a life of drug use or time spent behind bars. It’s a stark – and very human – account of one man’s mistakes, as well as a society’s miscalculations as to the true cost of crime and punishment. I’d recommend it as essential reading material to anyone contemplating a life of crime, and highly compelling reading material to anyone curious about why some people blindly follow that path.
Neil Rowe, author & composer
There are many stories of Canadians who have been lost to the criminal margins of society. Too few are able to make their way back to the 'respectable' workaday world. And even in those cases, we rarely know their stories, because they are too busy dealing with life's challenges to describe them to the rest of us. Ed Hertrich is that rare writer who has seen the very depths of the underclass, confronted his demons, and then taken the time and effort to tell his story and describe what he's learned. This is a valuable look at the Canada few of us ever see.
Jonathan Kay, journalist and author of Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground
[Wasted Time] takes the reader on a devastating journey that ends with a sense of redemption; it brings to the surface a variety of emotions not only for the writer but also the reader — anger, grief, exhilaration and a sense of sadness for a wasted life.