Dealing: or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues

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Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues

First edition cover
Author Michael Douglas
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 222
ISBN 0-394-42168-X
LC Class PS3554.O83
Preceded by Drug of Choice
Followed by Grave Descend

Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues is a novel written by Michael Crichton and his brother Douglas Crichton under the joint pseudonym Michael Douglas. It was originally published in 1970. It was serialized in the December 1970, January 1971 and February 1971 issues of Playboy magazine.

Plot summary

In order to hook up with his new California girlfriend, a Harvard graduate involves her in an ill-fated plan to smuggle a suitcase full of marijuana bricks from Berkeley to Boston.


Crichton wrote the book with his brother, then 19 years old. He said he wrote it "completely from beginning to end" then his brother rewrote it from beginning to end, then Crichton rewrote it again.[1]


The critic from the Los Angeles Times called it an "unremarkable tale" with a "paucity of plot" but thought the ending was "exciting".[2]

Film adaptation

A film version of the book was released in 1972. It was an American independent film directed by Paul Williams. It stars Robert F. Lyons and features John Lithgow in his film debut in the supporting role of John, the campus drug dealer. Barbara Hershey appears in the role of Susan, the novice drug-courier who loses the bag of bricks on a cross-country flight from Berkeley to Boston.


  1. Michael Crichton (rhymes with frighten): Michael Crichton By ISRAEL SHENKER. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 08 June 1969: BR5
  2. Smell of Weed Permeates Plot of 'Dealing' Nolan, Tom. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 Jan 1971: w44.

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