Last time it was stolen weed and knockoff designer shampoo. This time it is the seemingly trivial occurrence of a few pilfered honeybee colonies that propel former hippie and merry prankster Harry Stein into the multitrillion-dollar world of the honeybee industry. In the presence of six trillion bees to pollinate millions of acres of almond trees, Stein, who is deathly allergic to bee stings, discovers the natural catastrophe of colony collapse, and a corrupt grab by organized AGROBIZ for all of the available water in Southern California.
In his absence, Harry's daughter Angie and his woman friend Lila's very attractive 17-year-old stepson find an elephant tusk that has been carried in to Lila's pool on an underground seepage from the nearby La Brea Tar Pits. When the rest of the skeleton emerges, it turns out not to be the prehistoric mammoth they'd hoped it would be, but a human being who just might have been murdered in the 1920s. The perpetrator of the 80-year-old murder is still alive and the most powerful man in Los Angeles and will do anything necessary to keep the secret hidden.
"Sly humor abounds in Ackerman's second mystery, featuring aging L.A. hippie Harry Stein." (Publishers Weekly)
"When we last saw L.A. private eye Harry Stein...he was tracking down stolen medical marijuana...in Stein, Stoned. Now he's chasing after...bees. Think of Harry as a nicer but equally harried and quick-witted version of Larry David, and you'll begin to get an idea of how just how wacky this comic crime series really is." (Booklist)
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