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The jook; a crime novel

Phillips, Gary

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ISBN 10: 1893329046 / ISBN 13: 9781893329041
Published by West Coast Crime, Portland, OR, 1999
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Title: The jook; a crime novel

Publisher: West Coast Crime, Portland, OR

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Zelmont Raines was once a Super Bowl-winning wide receiver. But recurring injuries, a self-destructive lifestyle and too many run-ins with the law have submarined his career. Back in L.A. after bombing out of the European League, his one last chance is the expansion team in town, the Barons. Unfortunately for Zelmont, the roar of the crowds and the adulation of the fans-not to mention the money and the honeys that go with it-are no longer his for the taking. Bumped, the bitter athlete falls in with Wilma Wells, the smart (and fine) lawyer for the Barons. She's got ideas Zelmont likes...and not just in the bedroom. Soon he and his friend, the switch-hitting ex-pro defensive tackle Napoleon Graham, throw in with Wells to rip off the mobbed-up owner of the Barons. It's only then that Zelmont discovers that no matter how fast he can jook, no matter how tough he can fake, trouble is closing in on him way too fast. Mix elements of Jim Thompson with the street-smart verve of Donald Goines, add a couple of dashes of the compact delivery of Richard Stark, and you get The Jook: a crime novel where football and venal ambitions collide in the end zone.

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Gary Phillips, the respected author of three Ivan Monk mystery novels, has also been an L.A.-based activist and community organizer for over two decades. His work on community empowerment issues ranging from affordable housing to the narco-industrial complex is evident in the crisp reality of his fiction. His political and pop culture pieces have run in the L.A. Times, L.A. Watts Times, Baltimore Sun, Black Scholar Journal and Rap Pages magazines. He has been seen on TV news shows as well, including Week in Review, CBS News and BET Tonight. He has also made radio appearances on KCRW, 92.3, KDAY, and KOST.

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