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