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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  356 ratings  ·  68 reviews
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 t ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published September 30th 2014 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Melki
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-fiction
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding!

And we have a winner for HOLY-CRAPiest book of the year!

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Detective Jules Bettinger's mouth has gotten him into trouble, and now he's been banished to Siberia a crime-ridden shithole named Victory, Missouri, where 70% of the males have criminal records, and there's one cop for every thousand citizens. There Bettinger encounters a boss and coworkers who just can't get over how dark his skin is - "It's like . . . outer space, without the stars." - a
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Ɗẳɳ  2.☊
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ɗẳɳ 2.☊ by: Melki
Shelves: crime, gumshoe, noir
After a disastrous interview with a distraught businessman ends in tragedy, Detective Jules Bettinger is forced to transfer from sunny, western Arizona to a wintery, crime-ridden shithole in flyover country.

Exiled to the small town of Victory, Missouri with a police force barely numbering in the twenties, Bettinger discovers a decaying community in desperate need of case closers, where criminals outnumber policemen 700 to 1. A place that feels more like Siberia than middle America, where police
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Sam Quixote
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
After his smart mouth inadvertently lands him in hot water, Detective Jules Bettinger finds himself and his family exiled from the warmth of Arizona to the frozen wasteland of Victory, Missouri - a charming place littered with pigeon bones, dead cats nailed to posts and faeces-covered signs. His first case? A serial necrophiliac. But before he can kick himself into oblivion for fucking his career up so badly, a war between the gangsters who run the town and the shady police, hardly much better t ...more
E.J.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mean Business on North Ganson Street is like a kick to the face that you never see coming. You read the log line expecting it to be just another cop drama and then wham, it grabs you by the short hairs and never lets go.

I've read two books by S. Craig Zahler, both of which were hardcore, noir westerns. The type Zane Grey would have read, got on his horse, and made for a safer town. Now, Zahler segues to modern day crime with the same in your face, no-holds-barred writing style that readers of th
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DaViD´82
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
- Černoši bejvali cool... iks krát víc cool, než mohl běloch doufat, že kdy bude. Co se s nima sakra stalo, čoveče?
- Stali se z nich Afroameričani.


Zlá kniha. Nikoli ve smyslu špatná, ale rochnící si v hnusu, výkalech, špíně, mrtvých holubech, dávno padlých charakterech či penisy uřezávajících Češích. Temnota je to komiksová, nikoli byť jen náznakem realismu zavánějící, a přepálená až na hranu parodie sebe sama. Co jí zachraňuje je, že Zahlerův styl je plný černého humoru stavícím na jízlivosti
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Петър Панчев
Черна полицейска история
Цялото ревю тук: http://knijenpetar.blogspot.bg/2015/0...

От време на време ми идва да казвам: „американска му работа“. И много често ме разбират от първия път. Това става, защото в Съединените щати властва мултикултурно общество, често описвано в романи и екранизирано в киното. В Холивуд също обичат да налагат темата за различията от всякакъв характер, които – визуализирани в киното – да напомнят на богатата на различни култури страна, че всички трябва да живеят в мир и
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Katherine Tomlinson
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In S. Craig Zahler’s new book, a good detective’s bad judgment earns him exile to the heartland where his investigation into a murder opens up a very nasty can of worms.

MEAN BUSINESS is a great example of "heartland noir" where we know something is rotten in Missouri even before disgraced detective Jules Bettinger arrives. Bettinger is a well-rounded character who comes across as a good man in a bad, bad job. He's cynical, but there's a reason for it, and what we see of his private life--his re
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William M.
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-noir, thriller
Author S. Craig Zahler, after an incredibly successful pair of westerns and a groundbreaking science fiction novel, tries his hand with a straight crime story in the form of a very dark police procedural novel. As always with Zahler's work, his characters shine with originality and infused with a history that reinforces their decisions and motivations.

Violent and graphic, the author does not shy away from making the reader feel uncomfortable, immersing them in a world of dark secrets and sponta
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Nick
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not some expert on writing reviews but I loved this book. This is the first ever book I've read in only one day. I tore through those pages like no other book I have ever read. I think the short chapters helped with that. Funny, gruesome, sometimes disturbing and all around a great book.

Donna Foster
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review
This book shocked me!
Kaisu
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein sehr sympathischer sarkastischer Schreibstil! leider gabs 2-3 Längen bei Monologen, daher ein Sternchen Abzug.
Martina Wolfová
Jestli existuje peklo na zemi, tak je to městečko Victory z této knihy. Vynikajícím způsobem napsaný příběh drsný jako šmirgl papír. Pokud se nebojíte a nejste policista, tak určitě doporučuji :-)
Jiří Pavlovský
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Aby bylo jasno, tohle není drsná škola. A ani kriminálka. Respektive, je to asi stejně kriminálka, jako byl Bone Tomahawk western. Nebo jako je Saw instruktážní video pro používání elektrického nářadí. Kniha je intenzivní, až skoro hororový zážitek. Příběh je minimální, ovšem atmosféra jede celou dobu na max. Autor knihy, scenárista a režisér Bone Tomahawku se fakt nezapře a jde vždycky dál, než by si člověk přál. Na druhou stranu to vyvažuje sarkastickými suchými dialogy.
"Kdy jste se rozešli?"
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Jeffrey
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Katri Mei Lightdeth
Като любител на трилърите не мога да кажа, че има лош трилър, всяка мистерия си е нещо завладяващо, нещо странно, което може да подхване читателя си и да го помъкне по дирите на престъпника, бил той един или няколко, със своите съучастници или...дори и да е престъпление, извършено от един, но свързано с още дузина извършени от друг.
Нещо подобно е и в тази книга.

На детектив Бетингър му остават още пет години до пенсия, но заради прекомерното му чувство на справедливост, много говорене и много де
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David Bjorne
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed all of Zahler's work, and this was no different. He definitely scratches that hardcore noir itch.
Sam Kench
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
S. Craig Zahler has proven himself to be one of the best new auteur filmmakers. He made his directorial debut in 2015 with Bone Tomahawk, a top notch western with an extremely effective horror turn in the last act. This put him on my radar to watch closely and his second directorial effort did not disappoint. The rule breaking, grindhouse throwback Brawl in Cell Block 99 cemented Zahler as one of my favorite filmmakers. I am eagerly anticipating his next film Dragged Across Concrete which should ...more
Jirka
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Přečetl jsem to za den, takhle jsem se od toho nemohl odtrhnout. Kniha má jen jednu příběhovou linku, žádné odbočky a po prvních deseti stránkách děj utíká jak dobrman před střelou z automatické pušky. Jedna dějová linka, jasně rozdané role, které se ze začátku moc jasně nezdají a čím více se blížíte ke konci, tím se zvyšuje rychlost. Celý děj je dost akční, ale realistický, hodně se tu střílí, krvácí a zabíjí, na "obou stranách". Ale je tu i dost detektivní práce a logika, jako u některých jiný ...more
James Oxyer
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mean-spirited and gross for the sake of being mean-spirited and gross, but it's a damn good hard-boiled read.

If there's one universal truth Zahler hits the nail on the head with, it's that Missouri sucks ass.
Veronika Sebechlebská
Victory, prehnité a schátralé mesto, kde bujnie zločin a policajná brutalita a kde holuby vo veľkom umierajú, pravdepodobne na otravu čiernym humorom
Daniel Krásný
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jestli vás baví zemitý Tarantinovky, zvládnete ten nejčernější možnej humor a uřezaný penisy si dáváte jako dezert, našel jsem pro vás knihu roku.

Vedle Špinavejch Kšeftů od režiséra Bone Tomahawk totiž vypadá takovej Nesbô jako totální feminosant.

Pět z pěti nekrofilů doporučuje.
A já taky.
Милена
Всяка книга, за която прочета, че предстои да бъде филмирана, винаги представлява интерес за мен. Правата за филмова адаптация на романа „Гадна работа на улица „Гансън“ (изд. „Бард“) вече са закупени. За участие в проекта са проявили интерес Джейми Фокс и Леонардо ди Каприо. Дотук звучи интересно, нали? Да видим за какво всъщност става въпрос.

Американският автор С.Грег Залер не ми беше познат досега. След кратко проучване научих, че Залер е доста популярен отвъд океана не само като писател, но и
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Daniel Hartman
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
From the opening chapter S. Craig Zahler paints a vivid picture of a nightmarish city of violence where even the good guys have quite a bit of bad in them. Victory, Missouri is a city I'm glad doesn't exist, but to be honest some cities aren't too far off from it now. Mean Business on North Ganson Street is a hard-hitting crime/thriller in which a detective finds himself and his family in danger when someone begins systematically hunting and killing every police officer in the city. This novel i ...more
Barb
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just finished reading “Mean Business on North Ganson Street” by S. Craig Zahler. While the story held my interest as a thriller, it was far too “blood and guts” graphic for me. I would put a disclaimer on this novel that persons under a certain age should not read it. I thought that the main characters in the story evolved throughout the novel and almost became something different from what they were in the beginning. I’m sure this book has a big following among those who like cop stories; how ...more
Perry
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
holy shit
Jennifer
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brutal tale of vengeance on the fringe of society. I know by now to expect a bloody showdown whenever I read a book by S. Craig Zahler and Mean Business on North Ganson Street is no exception. This book is firmly rooted in the noir/crime genres and if you are a fan of police fiction you won't be disappointed. Perhaps my favorite part of the book involved a fictional submarine movie called The Crushing Depths. This short section was the perfect commentary on Japanese movies and dying wi ...more
Nick
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a mean and nasty cop story. Filled with vile characters, brutal violence, and some witty dialogue. It almost makes Zahler's directorial debut "Bone Tomahawk" look tame. I loved it.
Francis
Aug 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Let's see besides the gratuitous violence there was ....? Hmmm, I guess that was about it.
Ystyn Francis
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Okay, so I loved S. Craig Zahler's western novels but I found myself just a little perturbed when the violence crossed a line. This is something that happened so rarely but, when it did, it left a scar. What kept me reading was the brilliantly methodical and refreshingly original development of both character and place. So the fact that "Mean Business on North Ganson Street" is both a modern novel AND a crime novel had me baulking from the outset in preparation for the potentially offensive cont ...more
Gavin Clark
Zahler's 2 westerns are excellent. Read them. Go straight to Wraiths of the Broken Land it is extraordinary. Its very violent not for the faint hearted but really good.
So what about this one , well its ok. I took ages to read it. Its a modern day cop novel. The first half of it you dont really have a plot to get into nothing much happens, then it takes off and for a bit we are back in Zahler violent action territory its the book you were expecting after reading the westerns. But ... theres a but
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"S. Craig Zahler is certain to become one of the great imaginers of our time." ― Clive Barker

Novelist S. Craig Zahler is also the writer, director, and musical co-composer for the movies, Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99, and Dragged Across Concrete

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