I saw "Sunshine Cleaning" over the weekend, starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin. For those not in the know, it's about a couple of sisters who start up a business cleaning up crime scenes and other bio-hazardous messes where death has occurred. I enjoyed the movie, and it still has me thinking... Not that I would want to do it myself, but in these tough economic times, if you're looking to start your own business, it's probably best to find some kind of niche in the market.
So, if you are interested in the crime scene cleanup biz, there's a book out there loaded with real-life stories. In Mop Men: Inside the World of Crime Scene Cleaners (St. Martin's, 306 pages, $24.95), author and journalist Alan Emmins writes about his time hanging out with a guy named Neal Smither and his crew as they cleaned up after murders, suicides, etc., in the San Francisco area.
Here's what Publisher's Weekly had to say about it:
"Emmins delves into the zany character of Smither, a loving family man who puts on a coarsely humorous persona as protective armor as he surrounds himself with the dark realm of death, monitoring his multimillion-dollar business in a highly competitive field. Hanging around with Smither means a grisly experience of suicide surrounded by transgender porn, bodies splattered by gunfire or the decayed corpses of those ruined by meth or contagious disease. ... a totally gonzo way of looking at the crime scene cleaning business."