Grass by Steve Williams

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“Grass” is a novel about grow ops and two detectives who love golf. "In Williams' gritty debut thriller, the lives of drug dealers, organized criminals, political revolutionaries and marketing executives intertwine in spectacular fashion." - Kirkus Pot is America’s largest cash crop – worth more than wheat and corn combined. Otis M. Gaverill has taken marijuana cultivation to the next level. Otis owns Verdant Greenhouses and Florists. He also owns 318 grow houses. Verdant does over $700 million in business annually. The grow ops are even more profitable. The company provides his grow houses with soil, hydroponics, fertilizers, chemicals, hybrid and cloning expertise, and a front to launder the dope money. There’s just one problem. A mysterious seven-man crew is knocking off his houses with military precision. Outlaws in their own country, the men have come to the U.S. to get cash to finance a coup against the corrupt regime that chased them from their homeland. The two cops leading the investigation into the grow-op rip-offs are Sal Mitchell and Eddie Sandovan. Mitchell and Sandovan have their own affinity with grass – they are golfers. They petitioned the city to provide their 8th Precinct with a green roof as an “environmental pilot project”. As a result Mitchell and Sandovan have a rooftop driving range, allowing them to hit golf balls into a park across the street. It’s where they do their best thinking. Mitchell’s girlfriend, Mya Laing, is an advertising executive. As Mitchell tries to coordinate his investigation, Mya’s team is orchestrating an alternate reality game (ARG) for a client. Pioneered by the band Nine Inch Nails, the video game HALO, and the film The Dark Knight, ARGs are at the bleeding edge of the ad business, incorporating online clues, real life scavenger hunts, and creative improvisation from the players. “Grass” brings together the game, the guerrilla force, the police and the dope dealers in dramatic fashion.

About Steve Williams

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Steve Williams is a 25-year veteran of the advertising industry. He created campaigns for a client list that included everything from cars, fast food, beer, lingerie and tourism. His work received national and international accolades from the best advertising awards competitions in the world. He is currently a marketing columnist and freelance writer. He is also an avid golfer.
Published August 19, 2011 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In Williams' gritty debut thriller, the lives of drug dealers, organized criminals, political revolutionaries and marketing executives intertwine in spectacular fashion.

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Grass

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There are bluegrass covers of Prince’s “1999”, Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart", and Hayseed Dixie did a whole album of AC/DC covers, and who can forget Dolly Parton singing “Stairway to Heaven?” The ubiquitous one man jam band Keller Williams has teamed up with Larry and Jenny Keel for an all...

Mar 12 2006 | Read Full Review of Grass

Time Out New York

Everyone in this movie - adapted from a flummery stage comedy by Hugh and Margaret Williams - stands around like mannequins in Bond Street stores.

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Time Out Chicago

Show me someone who wants their steak to taste primarily like anise, and dinner for two at Grass Fed is on me.

Aug 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Grass

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