Killer Weed: An Ed Rosenberg Mystery (Ed Rosenberg Mysteries)

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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 in this gripping yarn from best-selling Northern California author Michael Castleman.

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Michael Castleman is the author of three previous Ed Rosenberg novels: The Lost Gold of San Francisco, Death Caps, and A Killing in Real Estate. He lives in San Francisco.

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Killer Weed hooked me on page one and I savored the references to San Francisco in the 1960s. A fascinating story with a strong ending.

(Grace Slick, vocalist, Jefferson Airplane)

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...This is a fun and even educational romp...

(Publisher's Weekly)

More than just an engaging mystery, Killer Weed is a fun, fascinating look back at San Francisco’s storied 1960s, not to mention a primer a primer on the marijuana industry. With natural ease, Castleman offers authentic details about the hippie era that go way beyond flowers-in-your-hair stereotypes. His description of the evolution of the marijuana trade is enlightening. Killer Weed is a fun, breezy story that rings true.

(San Francisco Examiner)

A page-turner of murder, mystery, and marijuana with a San Francisco backdrop.

(San Jose Mercury News)

The Summer of Love meets murder and mystery in Killer Weed, a captivating roller coaster ride through ’60s history, murders, suspense, and yes, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Castleman is an amazing writer who will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. The ’60’s history is outstanding. If you want a great mystery do not miss Killer Weed.

(Midwest Book Review)

Enjoyable. With crisp and visual imagery, brisk and humorous dialogue, this novel will capture those interested in San Francisco’s hippie history.

(ForeWordReviews.com)

Killer Weed is a great story that grabs you on page one. The plot is engrossing, the characters engaging, the dialogue entertaining, intelligent, and even funny. A riveting, fast-paced, roller coaster of pleasure, Killer Weed is hard to put down.

(BookPleasures.com)

A gripping, emotionally complex, character-driven story that begins when Ed and his wife get fired from the San Francisco Foghorn (a fictionalized Chronicle) and, with two kids and a huge mortgage, turn to drugs to cope.

(BookViews.com)

Castleman illuminates the hippie era vividly―and explains the derivation of ‘psychedelic’ and how the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane got their names. His portrait of the business side of weed is detailed and authoritative. San Francisco―both then and now―comes alive. In addition, Killer Weed features sympathetic characters, and a compelling, nuanced portrait of a marriage under duress.

(East Bay Express)

A light-hearted, enjoyable mystery. You’ll find yourself breezing right through ... and loving all the references to bands, people, and San Francisco.

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