Zelmont Raines
Created by Gary Phillips

As The Jook, Gary Phillips' non-series stand alone, kicks off, ZELMONT RAINES, an All-Pro receiver with a string of endorsement deals, is left wondering where it all went. The man who once scored the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl has a blown knee and a weakness for crack, top-shelf brandy, and fine ladies. And after a few stabs at drug rehab, a paternity suit (guilty), and some bad investments, the future isn't looking too bright.

Desperate for money, Zelmont's talked into ripping off the owner of the Los Angeles Barons, an LA expansion team, by the team's sexy and devious lawyer, Wilma Wells. Along for the ride, and a cut of the action, is Zelmont's best bud, switch-hitting ex-pro defensive tackle Napoleon Graham.

A hard-as-nails treat, full of violence, sex, greed and double crosses, with echoes of Jim Thompson, Donald Goines, Richard Stark, and George Pelecanos. Imagine North Dallas Forty as a blaxploitation flick.

Gary Phillips is the creator of private eye Ivan Monk, and has also been an L.A.-based activist and community organizer for over two decades, dealing with various community empowerment issues ranging from affordable housing to the narco-industrial complex. 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, and he's made numerous television and radio appearances.



Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Jan Long for her lead on "The Desecrator."

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