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Zelmont Raines scored the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl and was an All-Pro receiver with a string of endorsement deals. Unfortunately, he also likes to smoke crack, quench his thirst with top-shelf brandy, and entertain the fine ladies who hang out with the stars. Three stints in drug rehab, a paternity suit (guilty), a hip injury, and some misguided investments in gangsta rap have Raines thinking the good times are over. Then he meets his match--sexually and amorally--in Wilma Wells, the lawyer for the Los Angeles Barons. She's scheming to rip off the mob-connected owner of the Barons and enlists the aid of the cash-hungry and always-horny Raines. She leads him into a netherworld where the between-the-lines violence of professional football pales in the face of automatic weapons and double crosses. Phillips, author of the acclaimed Ivan Monk series, takes elements of Jim Thompson (the ending), black-exploitation flicks (the profanity-fueled dialogue), and Penthouse magazine (the sex is anatomically correct) to create an over-the-top violent caper in which there is no honor, no respect, no love, and plenty of money. Anyone who liked George Pelecanos' King Suckerman is going to love this even-grittier take on many of the same themes. Wes Lukowsky

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"Gary Phillips is my kind of crime writer." -- Sara Paretsky, author, Windy City Blues and the V. I. Warshawski Stories
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Really Great Books (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893329046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893329041
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,954,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Weaned on the images of Kirby and Steranko in comics and Hammet and Himes in prose, Gary Phillips was born under a bad sign and only through writing does he hope to get out from under. He is editor of the bestselling anthology Orange County Noir, co-edited with Jervey Tervalon the acclaimed Cocaine Chronicles, and Booklist said of his novel Warlord of Willow Ridge, "Phillips is a veteran crime novelist who creates a plausible post-apocalyptic scenario in which the safety of middle-class America can dissolve in a moment. Exciting, violent, and entertaining." His graphic novel, The Rinse, about a money launderer, was optioned for television. He has short stories upcoming in the anthologies Asian Pulp and Jewish Noir. His website is: www.gdphillips.com.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Phillips' first crime novel easily outdoes his previous books. I'm an admitted fan of his Ivan Monk mysteries (especially Violent Spring), but the author's real calling was creating this volatile character, Zelmont Raines, a has-been football star trying to get his game back. Full of action, suspense, and intriguing conflict, The Jook is easily the best book I've read all year (sorry Oprah). If Hollywood had any sense, The Jook would be next year's Christmas blockbuster.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K Gamble on November 10, 2002
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Realisitic characters that you love to hate and hate to love, Gary Phillips brings them to life with a descriptive style that few could match. The non stop twists and turns in this book kept me turning pages and the descriptions were so vivid I could almost smell the garbage truck! Best of all, I wasn't cheated at the end, Mr. Phillips kept it real.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2000
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I haven't read any of Phillips' previous books but this one is compulsively readable. The protagonist is not particularly likeable (he's a sexist, for one) but he has his redeeming qualities (loyalty to his friends), and many of the people he runs into are worse than he is. He's a complex character, a has-been who had it all and threw it away and is trying for a comeback, or if not that, just to survive. If you want an enjoyable read that has sex, violence, drugs, sports, and the inevitable LAPD, pick up this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Montgomery VINE VOICE on March 17, 2005
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Zelmont Raines blew an All-Pro career in the NFL with drugs and sex. Now he's trying to crawl his way back to the top, one way or the other. When he hooks up with a crooked lawyer and a bi-sexual club owner, they put together a scheme to rip off the mob and make one last big score. With incredible characters, crackling dialogue and a plot so hard-boiled it'll curl your hair, this is crime fiction at its best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Levin on October 25, 1999
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Gary Phillips is one of the most talented novelist of our time. Anyone who loves crime novels, or just a really good read, should check out "The Jook." You will be hooked and just have to wait for Phillips` next book. Let's hope it is not too long of a wait.
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