On the cusp of pot legalization in California, Jerry runs afoul of some San Francisco bikers in the marijuana game. He flees straight up Highway 101 to Humboldt County to hide out deep in the hills at Vic’s, a reclusive pot farmer and old pal of his tough-as-nails mother. But trouble finds Jerry no matter where he goes and soon the bikers, a pair of stone killers, and a Russian weed tycoon named Vlad the Inhaler are all hot on Jerry’s trail.
Fallout from the unfolding chaos piques the interest of SFPD detective, Roland Mackie, when he learns Jerry’s host, Vic, is somehow involved. It opens a twenty-year-old wound, an unsolved case called the Fulton Street Massacre, and Mackie is willing to do whatever it takes to get a pair of cuffs on the elusive Vic.
When Jerry and his protectors are chased off the mountain and back down the 101 to an inevitable showdown back in the Bay, he learns Vic is much more than his host, he’s a mentor, his mother’s hero, and the toughest man he’s ever met.
With an unforgettable cast of characters and an action-packed plot, 101 is a wild ride through Northern California’s “emerald triangle.”
Praise for 101:
“Tom Pitts is fast becoming the underworld bard of the Bay Area, and 101 is his best yet. The cast of characters is rich, and the subject matter—the marijuana biz in Humboldt County on the cusp of legalization—could not be more timely. Plenty of violent action, betrayal and tough talk. Reading 101 will give you a contact high. Get this book NOW.” —T.J. English, author of The Corporation and The Westies
“Throw out everything you know about crime fiction. Tom Pitts, author of Hustle and American Static, returns with a plot stickier than an ounce of Humboldt County’s finest. 101 is typical Tom Pitts, the kind of novel that proves he’ll forever and ever have followers, trailing behind him begging for one more hit.” —Eryk Pruitt, author of What We Reckon
Jerry, the arrogant 25-year-old protagonist of this often brutal crime novel from Pitts (American Static), gets into a bar fight with one of the Dead BBs, a California biker gang that runs a huge marijuana business. He escapes alive but realizes that he needs to get out of San Francisco before the BBs come after him. His mother, Barbara, a former nurse and drug dealer, puts him in touch with her old friend Vic, who runs a pot-growing operation in Humboldt County. Jerry heads north on U.S. Route 101 to Vic's cabin, where he plans to lie low. But a killer named Cardiff gets on his trail, along with a Russian weed kingpin known as Vlad the Inhaler. Jerry's girlfriend, Piper, the stepdaughter of one of the BBs, complicates matters. The violent action, involving various bikers and drug farmers with names such as Ripper, Doughboy, and Meth Master Mike, harms dogs as well as humans. The plot follows a predictable course from rural Humboldt back to the Bay Area for the final, unsurprising showdown. Pitts falls short of finding the level of gonzo insanity that the book's pacing seems to demand.
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The wild, near lawlessness of pot farming before legalization
101 by Tom Pitts is a fabulous book that had me recalling the feel of the glorious prose of Ginsburg or Burroughs. Pitts’s character development rivals those any in Fear and Loathing.The marijuana growing subculture lends itself to these larger than life characters in the glory days of fabled anti-establishment challenges. Do yourself a favorite & take a ride down the 101 and experience the rush. This is a must read!