The Green Ghetto
by Vern Smith
Pub Date 15 Feb 2019
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Mitchell Hosowich is pleased as a puppy with two tails that the great American rust out has rendered parts of Detroit rural again, wild. For him, the “Green Ghetto,” as the bureaucrats have come to call it, is a safe place to grow some fairly decent Detroit dope. But when two DEA agents start sniffing around his spread, only to wind up dead, Mitchell finds himself with a lot of explaining to do. Left with two stiffs, a dead dog, a shot cow, and fifty-nine missing marijuana plants, Mitchell decides not to wait around for the law to come down on him. Instead, he goes after his stolen pot, a chase that becomes a tense, and at times hilarious, cross-border road trip to nearby rural Canada. Set in a hyper post-9/11 culture, The Green Ghetto explores the universal theme of being compromised. But mostly, it is the story of how America got there from here in the war on drugs, terror, and words.
"THE GREEN GHETTO is electric, eccentric, extracellular madness.” – Michael Turner, author of HARD CORE LOGO
"Vern Smith is running right up front with the heavy hitters of American fiction.” – Roland S. Jefferson, author of THE SCHOOL ON 103rd STREET
"Pynchon meets Elmore Leonard and they nip on over to Canada.” – John L. Sheppard, author of SMALL TOWN PUNK