Misfit robbers attract the hot spotlight of the medical marijuana debate in THE BIG WINK, the new crime novel from Steve Brewer, author of the Bubba Mabry mysteries. 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, media attention becomes focused on the hunt for the robbers. The gang hides out among the growers, dopers and double-crossers of Northern California's Emerald Triangle, but the heat only worsens. Cops and city fathers hope the attention will interrupt the spread of medical marijuana. A pot advocate from Sacramento uses the shooting to promote full legalization. The Mexican 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 twisted comedy, THE BIG WINK is more fun than a 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 is the author of two dozen books, including the Bubba Mabry mysteries and the recent crime novels LOST VEGAS and A BOX OF PANDORAS. He lives in Albuquerque, NM, where he teaches part-time at the University of New Mexico.