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.
2014 Edgar Award - Mystery Writers of America â€” Shortlisted, Best Paperback Original
Medicinal marijuana can be murder.
Charming, wealthy Randle Kennedy has a secret: heâ€™s British Columbiaâ€™s most prolific producer of boutique marijuana. Heâ€™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 Alzheimerâ€™s disease. Come legalization, heâ€™ll be the first on the market with marijuanaâ€™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, heâ€™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 â€¦
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 itâ€™s harder to get out of the business than to get in.
If you took a gritty crime novel and a coming-of-age story and squashed them together, you might get something very close to this excellent book.
The book is impeccably researched . . .
This is funny and twisted in the same vein as Breaking Bad (but very Canadian on the crime) with tons of great Lower Mainland vibes. This is Brownâ€™s debut and itâ€™s an auspicious one.
. . . some surprising revelations and resolutions lead to an enjoyable read.
Almost Criminal tells a tale about parallel worlds, the one we live in and that instant society that flies under our radar. It's a tightrope from which one fall is fatal. Author E.R.Brown lays out the territory with tight pacing and insightful dialogue that captures the panic that is but one mistake away.
. . . the novel is instructive for its insights into the finances of the grow op business.
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.