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Mean Business on North Ganson Street

Mean Business on North Ganson Street

A Novel

S. Craig Zahler

Thomas Dunne Books




A distraught businessman kills himself after a short, impolite conversation with a detective named Jules Bettinger. Because of this incident, the unkind (but decorated) policeman is forced to relocate himself and his family from Arizona to the frigid north, where he will work for an understaffed precinct in Victory, Missouri. This collapsed rustbelt city is a dying beast that devours itself and its inhabitants...and has done so for more than four decades. Its streets are covered with dead pigeons and there are seven hundred criminals for every law enforcer.

Partnered with a boorish and demoted corporal, Bettinger investigates a double homicide in which two policemen were slain and mutilated. The detective looks for answers in the fringes of the city and also in the pasts of the cops with whom he works—men who stomped on a local drug dealer until he was disabled.

Bettinger soon begins to suspect that the double homicide is not an isolated event, but a prelude to a series of cop executions...

The author, S. Craig Zahler, is currently adapting Mean Business on North Ganson Street into a movie for Warner Brothers; Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio are both attached to the project.



Something Stuck in the Drain

The dead pigeon flew through the night, slapped Doggie in the face, and bounced to the ground, where its cold talons clicked across the pavement as it rolled east. Eyes that resembled...


Praise for Mean Business on North Ganson Street

“Zahler evocatively illustrates a city on the verge of moral and economic collapse.” —Associated Press

“From the cinematic first sentence of the first paragraph of the first page of this book, S. Craig Zahler serves notice that the term "mean streets" is not exclusively reserved for big cities on either coast. Mean Business on North Ganson Street offers up a ‘heartland noir' that will appeal to readers for whom mystery novels are like crack, but it will also entertain those who usually prefer to experience their crime fiction on shows like The Killing, and The Fall, and True Detective. Read this book.” —

“[A] grim, brilliantly imagined work.” —Book

“Riveting and horrifying.” —

“Whether writing westerns, science fiction, or crime, Zahler always manages to bring something new to the genre…Zahler's mean streets are bizarrely mean. But Mean Business is often mordantly funny, too--and not to be missed.” —Booklist, starred review

“Zahler tells a gripping story.” —Kirkus Review

“Zahler means business all right. As funny as it is moving and as tender as it is violent, Mean Business On North Ganson Street is a superb police thriller that carries serious emotional heft.” —Allan Guthrie, Edgar-nominated author of Slammer

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About the author

S. Craig Zahler

S. CRAIG ZAHLER's debut western novel, A Congregation of Jackals was nominated for both the Peacemaker and the Spur awards, and his western screenplay, The Brigands of Rattleborge, garnered him a three-picture deal at Warner Brothers. In 2011, Asylum Blackout was made from his script and picked up by IFC Films. In 2013, his brutal western novel, Wraiths of the Broken Land was published. Currently, he navigates preproduction on his directorial debut—Bone Tomahawk, which will star Kurt Russell.

S. Craig Zahler

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Thomas Dunne Books

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