Gritty and eye-opening, playful and shocking, Deviant Behavior is the remarkable first novel from acclaimed magazine journalist Mike Sager.
Jonathan Seede is the picture of Washington, D.C. respectability, an urban pioneer with a pretty wife, a new baby, and a job at the town’s most esteemed newspaper. But ten blocks from the White House, on the notorious Fourteenth Street Strip, a war is raging over deviant behavior. And Seede is on the front lines, deep into a secret freelance project that’s taking him to a place where most people would never dare to go.
As he descends into an inferno of repressed urges and human frailties, Seede’s journey plays out against a brilliantly realized portrait of the nation’s capital, featuring pimps and hustlers, an accidental hooker, an honest cop, a storefront prophet/marijuana dealer, a beautiful teenage runaway, a crack-addicted music legend, an A-list gay activist, and a diminutive billionaire who is searching for the answers to life’s greatest questions in a crystal skull. A mad, vivid, and daring romp through a society in crisis, Deviant Behavior is the story of what happens when one frustrated father decides to Just Say Yes.