By Tom Pitts
It’s one thing to steal a little pot, but quite another to take a chunk of cash from a biker gang.
That’s the trouble facing Jerry Bertram in “101,” the latest nail-biter from Tom Pitts. Lucky for our young protagonist, salvation comes in the form of his scrappy mother, Barbara, and her nefarious connections to the underworld, namely a tough-as-they-come pot grower by the name of Vic.
Jerry flees into the hills of Humboldt County to seek out the one man his mother believes can save him. As it turns out, Vic has a sweet, fully-staffed operation. He furnishes Jerry with a remote place to hide out as a favor to the young man’s mom. Neither Jerry nor Vic realize trouble is about to come pounding up the mountain. The Dead BBs biker gang, their handler Vlad the Inhaler, and a cop with a grudge against Vic, all turn their gaze on the rugged pot farm. When Jerry brings in his girl, Piper, Vic begins to see the hassle that will soon come knocking. He quickly realizes they have no choice but to get off the mountain. Only…it’s too late. What follows is an intense game of cat-and-mouse through the Humboldt wilderness, where gunshots and terror rule the night.
There’s no cruise control on this 101. This is a book with the pedal to metal—a fantastic ride only Pitts could captain. Readers of his other books, like the tough-as-nails “American Static,” know what they’re in for when they start turning the pages. They won’t be disappointed here. For those new to his writing, “101” is a perfect place to begin.