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 red oysters looked to the far end of the alley.
Four men who were dressed in well-tailored suits returned the vagrant’s gaze, watching him through the steam of their exhalations. At the front of the group stood a big black fellow, the one who had kicked the pigeon as if it were a soccer ball.
“Leave me the fuck alone,” Doggie
“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."
"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
Praise for S. Craig Zahler:
“Zahler’s a fabulous storyteller….” —Kurt Russell
“[An] unforgettable voice….” —Joe R. Lansdale