內容簡介 Ricochet through the gutter in this gripping, pull-no-punches thriller from S. Craig Zahler He knows what you'll do - including what you'll sacrifice for protection.Darren Tasking is an entrepreneur whose business is people, and when it comes to people he specializes in risk, pleasure, and fear.He knows what will break you - before you even feel a second of pain.Tasking has everything and everyone in his orbit under control. If there's something he wants he will alter your life until you yield to his wishes.He knows what makes the Machos tick - and how to keep them in the dark.The police tried to keep Tasking down with their macho modus operandi, sent him away long ago. Now he's older, uncommonly careful, and keeps the machos oblivious to his enterprises. He knows the streets of Great Crown, Florida can only be dominated by the remorseless insights of a relentless slick like him.The brothels and gambling parlors secreted behind iron doors keep the slick autonomous and successful, but a new dancer named Erin Green proves to be the variable that could put him on a collision course with unrepentant sadists, machos, and a trap created by the slick's own extortionist machinations.The Slanted Gutter is a devastating character study painted with the darkest shades of noir, penned by a hand as unflinching as Tasking's steely-eyed pursuit of his large dollar goal, as unforgiving on the reader as those who seek retribution against the slick for his nocturnal misdeeds. Step into this gutter at your own risk.