Michael Castleman. Killer Weed (2013) 269 pp. [tpo]
Publisher’s description: “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. Edís 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.”
Setting: San Francisco (Haight-Ashbury)