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An all-out drug war explodes in 1970s Detroit when a young Vietnam veteran decides to rip off heroin kingpin Willis McDaniel. In the chaos, rival outfits, the Mafia, and even junkies themselves try to step in to fill the void while one lone assassin tries to hunt them all down—and one determined cop tries to stop it all.
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This streetwise novel chronicles the rise and fall of Lennie Jack, a twenty-six-year-old Vietnam veteran and mid-level heroin dealer itching to knock the powerful Willis McDaniel off his perch as the number-one drug kingpin. It plunges the reader into the subculture of addicts, dealers, and corrupt cops as Lennie Jack's bold and methodical challenge builds to a frightening climax.About the Author:
Vern E. Smith formerly served as the Atlanta Bureau chief and as a national correspondent for Newsweek. As a principal reporter with Newsweek's Special Projects Unit, he contributed to four cover stories later published as books. One of the stories, “Charlie Co.: What Vietnam Did to Us,” won the 1981 National Magazine Award for Single Issue Topic. He also served as a principal reporter and blogger for the 2004 Voices of Civil Rights oral history project, which is permanently housed in the Library of Congress. His work has also appeared in Emerge, the London Sunday Times, Ebony, GEO, the Crisis magazine, Merian magazine, and the History Channel Magazine.
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Book Description Regnery January 1974, 1974. Paper Back. Condition: Good. advance uncorrected proof copy. Seller Inventory # 47732
Book Description Regency, Chicago, 1974. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Protected jacket has a closed tear in the middle of the spine, but in very good shape, price intact, binding straight, some pages marked in pen by American novelist William Heath. first edition, first printing. Seller Inventory # 007669
Book Description Henry Regnery Company, 1974. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. First edition (no additional printings listed). Original red cloth. Hardcover, near fine in near fine dustjacket. Dustjacket starting to lightly age yellow, an approximately 2x6 inch water(? ) stain on top edge, mainly visible on reverse side, price present. Book itself has a bit of foxing on top edge of textblock, otherwise tight, clean, paper crisp, unmarked and apparently never read. Modern first; mystery; African-American. Seller Inventory # 47979
Book Description Henry Regnery, 1974. Softcover. Condition: Good. Clean iside, cover has creases and scufffing. 287 pages. Story about drug abuse and crime. Characters such as Joe Red, Lennie Jack, Slim Williams, Big Al, Kid Yancy, etc. T. C. Thomas slid into the front seat of a yellow Fleetwood carrying a bag of Church's fried chicken and wearing, as always, the mid-length mink coat and the .357 Mangum; ; Seller Inventory # 21730
Book Description Henry Regnery Co., Chicago, 1974. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near-fine. First Edition. hardcover in dust jacket., dj price-clipped and has tiny closed tear near upper left front corner., else a great copy., 287pp., first printing. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 1620
Book Description Regnery, 1974. Loose Leaf. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0809283069
Book Description Regnery Pub, New York, 1974. Hardcover. First Edition; First Printing. Near Fine in a Very Good+ dust jacket. Light creasing to front end fold, book plate.; Original dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 31280
Book Description Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1974. Soft Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Advance Uncorrected Proof. First Edition. Cover rubbed but tight as if unread. Seller Inventory # 25753
Book Description Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1974. Hardcover. First edition.. Octavo, red cloth. pp (iv), 287, [9). Book a little leaned, else a fine fresh copy, no owner names. The reddish-orange dust jacket has small peel of surface lamination at head of spine, some sunning to spine and inner margin of front panel, else fine. "Here, in a narrative pulsating with the cautious, clipped language of the street, is an extraordinary novel, set in the strange and fierce world of 'jones' - slang in the drug subculture for both heroin and and agonizing craving it produces." - jacket. African-American journalist's first novel. Set in Detroit. Seller Inventory # 19160
Book Description Regnery Publishing, Chicago, Illinois, 1974. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. First Edition/First Printing, with no additional printings listed on the copyright page. Hardcover in unclipped dustjacket. 287 pages. The former Newsweek investigative reporter's deut novel. The rise and fall of 26 year-old Lonnie Jack, a Vietnam vet and mid-level heroin dealer determined to climb to number one. Some edgewear to the dj spine top and bottom, and touch on top front. Light touch of wear to dj corners.Clean red cloth boards with silver lettering to spine. Clean endpapers. No interior writing or marks. Books corners sharp and solid spine. Foxing totop page edges. A very good dustjacket over a very good book. A scarce unread copy. Ships in well-padded box. Seller Inventory # 6159