Mystery Novels | Killer Weed


Killer Weed, by Michael Castleman - Murders, mystery, and marijuana!

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.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Murders, mystery, and marijuana!
While running for mayor of San Francisco, a former pot dealer and author of best-selling guides to growing weed is assassinated. Former newspaperman, Ed Rosenberg is hired to find out what happened to a tech billionaire’s birth mother who was a small-time marijuana dealer shot to death in Golden Gate Park in an unsolved 1968 murder. His research about the Haight-Ashbury’s tie-dyed past illuminates that storied era, and introduces him to a rogue’s gallery of aging hippies, who, he realizes, may have been involved in the candidate’s murder. Then someone starts shooting at him…..Killer Weed is a fast-paced, ingeniously plotted novel with characters so real you’ll want to turn on, tune in, and drop everything to reach the surprising, deeply satisfying conclusion.
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Advance Praise for Killer Weed

In Killer Weed, the rip-roaring ’60’s ride again. Hiyo cannabis! Away!
Wavy Gravy, emcee at Woodstock, founder, Camp Winnarainbow

I devoured Killer Weed. I loved the Haight-Ashbury history and all the tales of dope dealing. I read a lot of mysteries and Killer Weed smokes.
— Joel Selvin, longtime San Francisco Chronicle rock critic and author of The Summer of Love

This tale shows a side of he quest for green gold that few people outside the isolated culture ever see. While couched as a mystery, it is a rare glimpse into the outlaw culture that prohibition created.
—  Ed Rosenthal, author of Marijuana Grower’s Handbook

Killer Weed is a delightful whodunit. A contemporary novel with an enticing infusion of 1960’s San Francisco counter-cultural magic. Castleman must have been there. The novel is just too dead on to have been written by anyone other than someone who lived through those unique times.
– William G. Panzer, Esq., co-author of Prop 215 that legalized medical marijuana in California

Killer Weed is a magical combination of mystery and history that illuminates the underground pot culture of San Francisco. Castleman skillfully blends a poignant modern drama with the heady transcendence of the Love Generation and overtones of political intrigue to paint an historically accurate portrait of the lifestyles of the marijuana mafioso. His hard-boiled narrative wastes no time making his characters come alive and keeps you guessing the murderer’s identity at every turn. So kick back, light one up, and enjoy this page turner! – Tony Bove, Producer/Director, Haight-Ashbury in the Sixties CD-ROM

At once fast-paced and nostalgic, a Bay Area love story from the ’60s couched in a blistering mystery. All of which reinforces the real world point that prohibition is the problem, not cannabis.
Doug Fine, author of Too High to Fail: Cannabis and the New Green Economic Revolution

Michael Castleman’s Killer Weed is an marvelous page-turner from compelling start to excellent finish. A real ‘who-smoked-it’ with a cast of unforgettable contemporary characters blended with colorful characters from yesteryear. I couldn’t put it down.
— Robert Altman, photographer, whose photos have appeared in People, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and in his book of photojournalism, The Sixties

Killer Weed is a killer read, a fast paced murder mystery that illuminates forty years of the cannabis scene. And it’s a pleasure to recommend a book that adds new meaning to the phrase, Prohibition Kills.
— Chris Conrad, author of Hemp: Lifeline to the Future, curator of the Oaksterdam Cannabis Museum in Oakland, CA and the International Hash-Marihuana-Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Killer Weed is a mystery on a mission. Fifty years after the first San Francisco green rush, the same people still struggle to legalize it. Turns out, building an industry, while keeping peace and love alive, is not that easy. Pot has never been this thrilling! ”
– Debby Goldsberry, cannabis industry pioneer and founder of Berkeley Patients Group

Michael Castleman’s fourth whodunit replicates the previous three with a fast-paced, gripping mystery, featuring San Francisco journalist Ed Rosenberg. Killer Weed not only tells a compelling story, but also captures contemporary San Francisco and its complex, colorful, hippie past. I loved it.
— Charles A. Fracchia, founder, San Francisco Museum and Historical Society

The sixties Haight-Ashbury shimmers like a psychedelic light show in Killer Weed, Michael Castleman’s great tale of murder, mystery, and marijuana. Castleman throws protagonist Ed Rosenberg into a tangled web of interwoven lives across four decades—and then someone starts shooting at him.
— Bill Yenne, author of San Francisco Then & Now