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Killer Weed

An Ed Rosenberg Mystery

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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 Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury. Ed's reporter’s instinct leads him to investigate the unsolved murder of Gene’s mother, a low-level pot dealer brutally killed in Golden Gate Park in 1968. 

Meanwhile, Ed’s 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 Julie’s eyes, Kirsch is assassinated: suddenly Ed has another crime to unravel. Ed’s research into Haight-Ashbury’s tie-dyed past introduces him to a rogue’s gallery of aging hippies, who, he discovers, may have been involved in Kirsch’s 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. You’ll want to turn on, tune in, and drop everything to reach the surprising, deeply satisfying conclusion.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 17, 2013 – 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?

Customer Reviews

Murder, Mystery, and Marijuana in Hippie and Contemporary San Francisco

A great, fast-paced whodunit in the amateur-sleuth style of Dick Francis, only the protagonist is a laid-off newspaper reporter, the two victims are both marijuana dealers, and the action revolves around the Haight-Ashbury in the 1960's and the struggle over pot legalization today.

Killer Weed
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 10, 2013
  • Publisher: MP Publishing
  • Seller: MP Publishing, Inc.
  • Print Length: 298 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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