Almost Criminal: A Crime in Cascadia Mystery by E.R. BrownAlmost Criminal: A Crime in Cascadia Mystery by E.R. Brown

Almost Criminal: A Crime in Cascadia Mystery

byE.R. Brown

Paperback | April 20, 2013

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2014 Edgar Award - Mystery Writers of America - Shortlisted, Best Paperback Original

Medicinal marijuana can be murder.

Charming, wealthy Randle Kennedy has a secret: he's British Columbia's most prolific producer of boutique marijuana. He's developed strains of B.C. Bud to please the most sophisticated palates and produce any desired effect, from a light contemplative buzz to the most mind-warping stone. His medical varieties offer relief for conditions ranging from cancer to Alzheimer's disease. Come legalization, he'll be the first on the market with marijuana's answer to single-malt Scotch. Until that day, he runs a tight operation with terrorist-cell security.

Tate MacLane is brilliant, miserable, and broke. Since graduating from high school at age 14, he's failed at university, failed to support his family, failed at everything except making a superb caffe latte.

Randle wants a fresh face to front his transactions. Tate desperately needs a mentor and yearns for respect. And money .

Then there are the bikers, the muscle with the cross-border connections that Randle needs to bring his product to the American market. Soon Tate finds out that it's harder to get out of the business than to get in.

E.R. Brown is an award-winning advertising writer whose fiction has been heard on CBC Radio 3 and seen in national magazines. Born in Montreal, he lives in Vancouver.
Title:Almost Criminal: A Crime in Cascadia MysteryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:April 20, 2013Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1459705831

ISBN - 13:9781459705838

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great fun read! Almost Criminal is a fun read, with lots of twists and turns and surprises to keep the reader engaged. I loved it! The plot is clearly structured and the characters are a colorful bunch. It’s a gripping story where motorcycle gangs, grow ops and compassion clubs collide. It’s also a coming of age story where Tate the main protagonist gets involved in ‘almost criminal’ activities and E.R Brown keeps us on the edge right to the end. Compassion, sense of family and loyalty are some of the themes that underlie Almost Criminal and gives this crime novel depth. But, it’s not all dark, there’s a wicked sense of humor that makes it a most enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing An amazing ride from start to finish. Even when real life was calling, it pained me to put down this excellent book. 5 Stars, my favorite book so far this year and after this ride it will be hard to believe something will beat it.
Date published: 2013-04-23

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Well-researched and convincingly told, ALMOST CRIMINAL is a revealing look at the dark world of the illicit pot business from the perspectives of grow-ops, distributors, users, and the gangs that lie behind them. - Reviewing the