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Killer Weed (Ed Rosenberg Mysteries)by Michael Castleman
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Out-of-work journalist Ed Rosenberg is turning his toking into a full-time job when Silicon Valley billionaire Gene Simons suddenly hires him to research the hippie era of San Franciscos Haight-Ashbury. Ed's reporters instinct leads him to investigate the unsolved murder of Genes mother, a low-level pot dealer brutally killed in Golden Gate Park in 1968. Meanwhile, Eds wife Julie has become the media maven for mayoral candidate Dave Kirsch, a former pot dealer and the author of best-selling guides to growing weed. In front of Julies eyes, Kirsch is assassinated: suddenly Ed has another crime to unravel. Eds research into Haight-Ashburys tie-dyed past introduces him to a rogues gallery of aging hippies, who, he discovers, may have been involved in Kirschs demise. Then bullets start flying at Ed.
Killer Weed is a fast-paced, ingeniously plotted novel that brings the underground worlds of old and new San Francisco vividly to life. Youll want to turn on, tune in, and drop everything to reach the surprising, deeply satisfying conclusion.
"The San Francisco marijuana scene, from the glory days of Haight-Ashbury to the latest fight for legalization, forms the backdrop of Castleman's entertaining fourth Ed Rosenberg mystery (after 2010's A Killing in Real Estate). The present-day action starts off with a bang with the assassination of ex-hippie dope dealer and popular mayoral candidate Dave Kirsch. Ed's wife, Julie, served on Kirsch's campaign, and that draws the investigative reporter in — plus a dot-com tycoon wants him to find out his given name, lost in a cloud of reefer memory. As the search goes on, Ed worries that Julie might be hitting the vino a little too often, but then he's not willing to give up his daily tokes. This is a fun and even educational romp, complete with blurbs from Grace Slick and Woodstock icon Wavy Gravy. It's not as good as Floyd Salas's classic What Now My Love, but what marijuana-deal-gone-bad novel is?" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Out-of-work journalist Ed Rosenberg is hired by wealthy Silicon Valley billionaire Gene Simons to research the hippie era of San Franciscos Haight-Ashbury for a museum exhibit. His reporters instinct leads Ed to investigate what happened to Genes mother, a low-level pot dealer who was brutally murdered in Golden Gate Park in the '60s. Soon Ed has another crime to solve: he has to shed light on the murder of Dave Kirsch, his wifes boss, who is shot while running for mayor. The two murders dont seem connected, but Ed's research into hippie Haight-Ashburys tie-dyed past introduces him to a rogues gallery of old hippies, who, he realizes, may have been involved in Kirschs murder. The two stories converge, and Ed himself becomes a target when he is forced to enter the dangerous and gritty world of dope dealers.
Michael Castlemans dark prose brings the drug scene of '60s-era San Francisco vividly to life. Youll want to turn on, tune in, and drop everything to reach the surprising, deeply satisfying conclusion.
About the Author
Michael Castleman grew up in Lynbrook, a Long Island suburb of New York City. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan with a degree in English (1972), and earned a Masters in journalism from UC Berkeley (1977). He has lived in San Francisco since 1975. An award-winning medical journalist, he is the author of twelve consumer health and sexuality books and currently publishes GreatSexAfter40.com. He has published three previous Ed Rosenberg novels: The Lost Gold of San Francisco, Death Caps, and A Killing in Real Estate.
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