Stein, Stoned



⚡ [PDF] ✍ Stein, Stoned By Hal Ackerman ✵ – E17streets4all.co.uk A Harry Stein Soft Boiled Murder Mystery In the sixties, Harry Stein was the foremost authority on cannabis writing the book on indoor cultivation, inventing thirteen different hybrids, and planting V A Harry Stein Soft Boiled Murder Mystery In the sixties, Harry Stein was the foremost authority on cannabis writing the book on indoor cultivation, inventing thirteen different hybrids, and planting Victory Gardens across America behind police precincts, legislature courtyards, and legendarily in the rose garden of the Nixon White HouseFlash forward to the th anniversary of John Lennon s death and Stein is now employed by a product liability re insurance firm and spending his th birthday counting a warehouse full of shampoo bottles Although not the revolutionary of the future he once imagined himself to be, staying on the path of the straight and narrow allows Stein to keep that which he holds most precious in his life joint custody of his teenage daughter, Angie When Stein comes up , shampoo bottles short in his count and his investigations lead him to stumble upon the body of a brutally murdered supermodel, he is forced down a trail littered with old friends, new enemies, and one final journey into the world he long since left behind.Stein, Stoned

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    Stein, Stoned MOBI ò Paperback once imagined himself to be, staying on the path of the straight and narrow allows Stein to keep that which he holds most precious in his life joint custody of his teenage daughter, Angie When Stein comes up , shampoo bottles short in his count and his investigations lead him to stumble upon the body of a brutally murdered supermodel, he is forced down a trail littered with old friends, new enemies, and one final journey into the world he long since left behind."/>
  • Paperback
  • 260 pages
  • Stein, Stoned
  • Hal Ackerman
  • English
  • 06 June 2019
  • 1935562142

10 thoughts on “Stein, Stoned

  1. says:

    Book Info Genre Soft boiled mystery Humorous Mystery Reading Level AdultDisclosure I picked up a free copy of this book when it was on promotion on , then received the 2nd book in the series free fromVine in exchange for an honest review As I result, I ve decided to go ahead and review this book, too.Synopsis In the sixties, Harry Stein was the foremost authority on cannabis writing the book on indoor cultivation, inventing thirteen different hybrids, and planting Victory Book Info Genre Soft boiled mystery Humorous Mystery Reading Level AdultDisclosure I picked up a free copy of this book when it was on promotion on , then received the 2nd book in the series free fromVine in exchange for an honest review As I result, I ve decided to go ahead and review this book, too.Synopsis In the sixties, Harry Stein was the foremost authority on cannabis writing the book on indoor cultivation, inventing thirteen different hybrids, and planting Victory Gardens across America behind police precincts, legislature courtyards, and legendarily in the rose garden of the Nixon White House.Flash forward to the 20th anniversary of John Lennon s death and Stein is now employed by a product liability re insurance firm and spending his 50th birthday counting a warehouse full of shampoo bottles Although not the revolutionary of the future he once imagined himself to be, staying on the path of the straight and narrow allows Stein to keep that which he holds most precious in his life joint custody of his teenage daughter, Angie When Stein comes up 1,000 shampoo bottles short in his count and his investigations lead him to stumble upon the body of a brutally murdered supermodel, he is forced down a trail littered with old friends, new enemies, and one final journey into the world he long since left behind My Thoughts I must mention that, if I had spoken to my parents when I was 15 like Angie speaks to her father, I d have been grounded for months If she seemed to have some redeeming traits, I d be inclined to be a bitforgiving, but she acts like a spoiled brat getting the dog a present and ignoring her father s birthday On the other hand, I don t see as Stein has much of a leg to stand on about being upset upon finding a stash of ditch weed in the house One thing that bothers me is when parents act like they were perfect for instance bragging up how wonderful they were when they were their age when in fact they had the same sorts of problems you have had I find it muchrelateable if they admit they were less than perfect and that s why they want better for their children But that s just a personal trigger that was pushed in the early part of this bookAnother trigger was brought about by Stein s first murder scene Instead of backing out, leaving stuff as it was, and calling the cops, he went in, cut down the victim, moved her, cleaned up the mess, went through her stuff, called a friend on her phone Admittedly, there weren t quite the plethora of crime scene shows in 2000, but still, anyone with any common sense knows to leave stuff alone so the cops can solve the crime And that was about the point where I realized I could not finish this book This guy is Too Stupid To Live and I believe I would end up pulling out my hair if I read anyDid not finish did not toss across the room because I value my Kindle, but I do believe I ll be skipping the sequel, too never mind that it s a Vine book I can leave 20 percent unreviewed Maybe some day I ll be feeling tolerant and will try, but for now Ugh not recommended at all

  2. says:

    This book has a lot of problems.Stein is a lovable, bumbling sort He s a former pothead, a Pot King, really who wrote a whole book about growing and selling pot, did some anti government protesting, generally Fought the Man in a sort of justified haze But when his wife, Hillary, stopped loving him and asked for a divorce, he renounced all drugs and his old lifestyle in order to retain partial custody of his beloved daughter, Angie.One day a little baggie of pot appears in his mailbox Appare This book has a lot of problems.Stein is a lovable, bumbling sort He s a former pothead, a Pot King, really who wrote a whole book about growing and selling pot, did some anti government protesting, generally Fought the Man in a sort of justified haze But when his wife, Hillary, stopped loving him and asked for a divorce, he renounced all drugs and his old lifestyle in order to retain partial custody of his beloved daughter, Angie.One day a little baggie of pot appears in his mailbox Apparently a local grower had a huge shipment of high quality pot stolen This serves to get Stein back into this world that he s studiously avoided for 6 years or so The mystery in this book, or I should say mysteries , are not very good Ackerman chooses to call this a soft boiled mystery , and for the most part he does keep it soft except for the one very disturbing murder One mystery involves shampoo Yes, you read that right In his clean up my life decision, Stein decided to work at a shampoo packing warehouse This is very expensive, famous shampoo Shampoo so expensive and famous that criminals apparently can make lots of money by just stealing the empty bottles and selling whatever and saying it s the shampoo This whole plot is mind numbingly dull The only thing that makes it urgent is that the shampoo model, a gorgeous redhead, is drowned to death in a most horrifying way But this single, graphic moment doesn t fit in with the rest of the book But it does give Stein ample motivation to get to the bottom of this He met the woman only once, briefly, but seemed to think she was a goddess who walked the earth.The second mystery involves the missing pot This mystery has Stein travelling to Amsterdam, re entering his old druggie world, and catching up with people who knew and loved him in what seems to him a past life And smoking pot again, which leads to him doing some supremely life endangering things Again, not very interesting.So We have two boring mystery angles Why would I give this two stars and not one Well, I have two reasons 1 I liked Stein He was an affable, clueless, happy, stumbling guy and I felt a kind of amused affection watching him grope around trying to figure out what the heck was going on He has no real love interest in this book He obviously wants to have sex with a good number of characters, but not in a predatory or obnoxious way He goes with the flow in all areas of his life, including women We have a the model a super gorgeous woman that Stein has no chance with, but he is in awe every time he sees her and nearly has a heart attack if she even picks a piece of lint from his sweater b The hot ex model next door neighbor who is ostensibly writing a book about Stein she names her character Klein , and therefore always coming over to pick his brain She also really seems to want to sleep with him Stein takes all this in a sort of good natured befuddlement c Lila, Stein s long suffering quasi girlfriend who is very much in love with him He, however, doesn t feel the same about her I mean, he thinks she s fine for a roll in the hay or three but he just doesn t feel any emotional attachment to her He s honest with her about this, and cares for her and doesn t want to hurt her But since she s around to call whenever he gets in trouble needs a ride needs childcare she gets stepped on She s always there for him to bail him out and he obviously relies on her heavily She gets nothing in return No hot sex, no kissing, no love, nothing But she keeps doing it, anyway Stein never actually gets lucky with any of these women Instead, Ackerman decides to have him be interrupted, just in the nick of time,than once.Stein is a good guy He is respectful of the women in his life, whether it s the hot model he worships or his own daughter Even Lila, who gets the short end of the stick Stein is always upfront with her and doesn t want to screw around with her emotions I liked to see how he treated them For example, he is respectful of his daughter s room He never enters it without knocking and getting permission to enter This may seem like a small thing, but oftentimes parents don t respect their kid s right to privacy and autonomy There s even a small scene where he s confronted with the fact that his daughter who is 16ish might no longer be a virgin and he takes it with good grace and good sense He doesn t freak out, he doesn t rush to punish her Instead, he realizes that she s becoming an adult and trusts her to have the sense to make good decisions Even his annoying, judgmental ex wife, Hillary, is treated with a benevolent tolerance and compassion.He loves his tiny, aged terrier The animal can t wait to go outside to do his business any, and Stein lovingly takes care of the dog and worries about it It was clear they were friends for many years and it breaks Stein s heart to see his little friend so broken and old I was very happy with his behavior overall, in this book.2 Ackerman makes some witty observations about life and human nature in this book Stein pokes fun at both other people and himself I even laughed out loud once.I couldn t bear to give it just one star It had some good ideas, a likeable protagonist, and it made some funny, wry observations about life However, the grammatical, spelling, and printing mistakes were atrocious I don t know if an editor even saw this book Seriously Huge, obvious flaws Missing punctuations Even spelling Stein wrong, once As Stin o.O

  3. says:

    Two related puzzlesa bit of confusion regarding how they were connected at least in this reader a protagonist about ten years younger than me but with enough experience of the 1970s sex, weed, rock and roll, weed.oh and did I mention weed I could relate to this guy, trying to man up to responsibly parent his 15 year old daughter, but kind of a loser nonetheless Gainfully employed by an insurance company but still living with a longstanding reputation for breeding creating some of the Two related puzzlesa bit of confusion regarding how they were connected at least in this reader a protagonist about ten years younger than me but with enough experience of the 1970s sex, weed, rock and roll, weed.oh and did I mention weed I could relate to this guy, trying to man up to responsibly parent his 15 year old daughter, but kind of a loser nonetheless Gainfully employed by an insurance company but still living with a longstanding reputation for breeding creating some of the best bud ever Here s the first puzzle a younger man who had taken up Harry s swan song to produce for terminally ill patients has his entire crop stolen he begs Harry to help him locate it, but responsible Harry at first says no The lesser puzzle concerns about a thousand missing shampoo bottles, part of a nation wide publicity and marketing program scam I won t say muchThere are a few twists and turns you don t see coming, but no gratuitous characters or events I liked it I started it because of the weed

  4. says:

    Described as a soft boiled mystery, this book definitely doesn t take itself too seriously Harry Stein, a former pot aficianado, gets himself involved in three mysteries at once They re all a little far fetched, but that s what the suspension of disbelief is all about The point is that Stein is turning 50 and isn t really happy about where his life is at the moment Chasing down leads and facing a little danger is just what he needs I m no mystery fan, but this was a fun, quick read.

  5. says:

    I had this book floating around my Kindle for a couple of years, lost in the chaos of too many downloads I was intrigued by the plot, so my lack of attention had nothing to do with disinterest I mention this only because my copy shows as being published in 2010, whereas thecopy same cover claims the publishing year as 2013 I noticed this because it s not showing up as a verified purchase So it s possible the book has been edited since the first release, though I have to assume the I had this book floating around my Kindle for a couple of years, lost in the chaos of too many downloads I was intrigued by the plot, so my lack of attention had nothing to do with disinterest I mention this only because my copy shows as being published in 2010, whereas thecopy same cover claims the publishing year as 2013 I noticed this because it s not showing up as a verified purchase So it s possible the book has been edited since the first release, though I have to assume the major content remains the same.The book started with promise I liked Stein s character He s an aging hippie, once the epitome of pothead , who is now trying to raise his daughter responsibly While I liked the premise and his character, the story quickly fell apart me for One major problem area came with characterization All the women in this book are spineless and or crazy, acting like lunatics and willing to do anything for Stein, despite receiving little to nothing in return Well, aside from his domineering and controlling ex wife, who is the complete opposite of all the other women Then we have the gay men, who are part of the major plot Their characters are completely stereotypical Rather than comical, as I think they are meant to be, it feels like a bad sitcom This brings us to the plot or plots There are really two storylines here The major plot is about the theft of shampoo bottles Having spent many years in the hair business, I know all about the importance of labels and name brands But, even with that knowledge, this plot was over the top, bordering on silly Also, the suspense and intended twists wind up an overly complicated mess There is a murder, with graphic content that feels out of place in this otherwise kind of comic relief story Without offering spoilers, I ll just say that Stein s part in this feels forced and his emotional investment unrealistic The secondary plot is about the missing pot, and that was initially farinteresting Sadly, that storyline took a turn into the absurd In both cases, Stein appears to be the only person able to solve the problems for these complete strangers While the story has moments that shine, and parts did make me laugh, overall it lacked depth and was too ridiculous to take seriously

  6. says:

    A solid addition to the private eye genre and a series that all interested readers should keep their eye on.The book s greatest strength is Stein, himself The character is fully developed, flawed, and unique to the genre He steps beyond archetype and feels human While the other characters drop a littleinto familiarity, Stein holds it all together.The first half of the book works a little better than the end, but that s nitpicking and probably just personal preference I tend to be drawn A solid addition to the private eye genre and a series that all interested readers should keep their eye on.The book s greatest strength is Stein, himself The character is fully developed, flawed, and unique to the genre He steps beyond archetype and feels human While the other characters drop a littleinto familiarity, Stein holds it all together.The first half of the book works a little better than the end, but that s nitpicking and probably just personal preference I tend to be drawn to stories that are groundedfirmly in reality, and the back half of this book gets a little big and over the top for my taste, putting intimacy aside for spectacle.No fault to the author, I wish this book had been copy edited and proofed a little better There are dozens of typos and misspellings which could have been avoided with a littlediligence from the publisher.Fun first book in what should prove to be a fun series

  7. says:

    I thought this was just okay as a mystery, it really didn t have me on the edge of my seat as a book about drugs, I wasn t really impressed with the intricate descriptions of the fantastic stolen orchids I mean, these were INTRICATE descriptions, but snooze fest as an overall book, I was somewhat disappointed in the writing There were a lot of errors grammatical, spelling, other typos, etc , and really, I just couldn t get into the flow of the story It wasn t what I d exp I thought this was just okay as a mystery, it really didn t have me on the edge of my seat as a book about drugs, I wasn t really impressed with the intricate descriptions of the fantastic stolen orchids I mean, these were INTRICATE descriptions, but snooze fest as an overall book, I was somewhat disappointed in the writing There were a lot of errors grammatical, spelling, other typos, etc , and really, I just couldn t get into the flow of the story It wasn t what I d expected at all.However, if I recall, it was a freebie download to my Kindle, so I m not really wanting to complain too much Not the worst thing I ve ever written, and I did find some enjoyment in reading it

  8. says:

    If strong resolution to mystery is important, you ll be sorely disappointed But by all means do come for the other 90% the characters and dialog in this counterculture rompthan make up for shortcomings elsewhere About the only thing preventing me from immediately starting in on the follow up is wanting to savor the anticipation Truly a pleasure

  9. says:

    The story, itself, was pretty good but I had real problems making it through all the grammatical, typographical and or spelling errors I read this on my Nook so I am not sure if just the e edition is poorly edited or if the original hard copy was also so but it definitely affected my thoughts on the book.

  10. says:

    Fun romp with great characters Author is very facile with dialogue which keeps story pace y and chuckle inducing One of my top 3 reads in the last year Will definitely look fortitles from this talented scribe.

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