Misfit robbers attract the hot spotlight of the medical marijuana debate in THE BIG WINK, a darkly funny crime novel from veteran mystery author Steve Brewer.
Ray Bunch and his gang have been happily knocking over cannabis dispensaries for weeks around Redding, California, where all-but-legal marijuana has set off an economic Green Rush. But when prominent banker Kwanzaa DuPont gets shot during a holdup, national media attention becomes focused on the hunt for the robbers.
The gang goes to ground, hiding out among the growers, dopers and double-crossers of Northern California's Emerald Triangle, but the heat only worsens as all sides see a chance to push their agendas.
Cops and city fathers hope the attention will interrupt the spread of medical marijuana. A pot advocate from Sacramento tries to use the shooting to promote full legalization. The Mexican crime cartel wants Ray's gang silenced. And the lead detective on the case wants to rekindle his childhood romance with Kwanzaa DuPont.
Full of colorful characters and Steve Brewer's usual twisted comedy, THE BIG WINK is more fun than beer bong.
"Steve Brewer is like the evil offspring of Don Winslow and Elmore Leonard. His wit and warped perspective make for a rare and wonderful reading experience. He’s done masterful work before, but Brewer’s outdone himself with THE BIG WINK." --Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of HURT MACHINE
"In THE BIG WINK, Northern California’s medical marijuana industry meets disorganized crime. A smooth, satisfying, and timely thriller." --Charlie Price, Edgar-winning author of THE INTERROGATION OF GABRIEL JAMES
"THE BIG WINK delivers terrific therapeutic results for the various conditions from which I suffer (boredom, lack of interest in life generally, the 'weepies', lack of appetite, and others). Naturally, my doctor approved the use of THE BIG WINK,and I approve it, too." --Bill Fitzhugh, award-winning author of THE EXTERMINATORS
"Like Elmore Leonard, the writer whose work his most resembles, Brewer writes with a light and deft touch, bringing style and wit to the crime genre." --David Montgomery, Chicago Sun-Times
- Steve Brewer, August 2011
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