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“Marijuana Murders”: Author Releases Third Novel


By Jennifer Rey

Author Mark Bacon has released his third mystery in a series titled, “The Marijuana Murders,” on Black Opal Books.

The story is set in Nostalgia City, a giant theme park, and inspired by events surrounding a competing Arizona ballot campaign to legalize recreational marijuana. At the same time, Nevada and California voters were approving recreational marijuana, Arizona’s campaigns failed.

Bacon said he was intrigued by the different marijuana campaign approaches in Arizona.

“Competing marijuana initiatives in the book represent a corporate business approach,” he explained, “and a more laid-back methodology sometimes mistakenly characterized as stoner campaigning. My book is fiction, but I used the notion of feuding marijuana ballot drives as a starting point to create my story.”

Bacon, a former UNR journalism instructor, began his career as a newspaper reporter in Southern California covering crime and city beats.

The book is available in trade paper, $14.99, and ebook, $3.99.

Synopsis: The Marijuana Murders

Nostalgia City executive Kate Sorensen finds the body of a mechanic crushed under an automobile hoist in the theme park’s garage. Accident or murder? Will it impact Kate’s decision to become an advisor for one of two competing  campaigns to legalize marijuana in Arizona?

When the death is ruled a homicide and the DEA stages a surprise raid, park cab driver Lyle Deming is recruited to help solve the murder and find out if the park’s garage is being used to smuggle drugs. The anxiety-ridden ex-cop is soon poking around a Mexican border town looking for a park contractor who might be a drug mule. Or he might be dead.

Information: https://baconsmysteries.com

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