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This streetwise novel chronicles the rise and fall of Lonnie 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 Lonnie Jack's bold and methodical challenge builds to a frighteningThis streetwise novel chronicles the rise and fall of Lonnie 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 Lonnie Jack's bold and methodical challenge builds to a frightening climax....

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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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The Jones Men Reviews

  • James Thane
    2018-11-16 02:04

    This dark, gritty novel is the only one ever written by Vern E. Smith, which is really too bad. If the guy was capable of writing books like this one, then fans of crime fiction are that much poorer for not having more of them.Originally published in 1974, the book is set in the seedy underworld of Detroit where dope addicts struggle to find their next fix and the dealers jockey for position on the supply chain. The Jones Men are the heroin dealers and the current king of the hill is Willis McDaniel. But uneasy lies the head that wears the crown and all that sort of thing. There are always other ruthless and ambitious men ready to kick the king out of the way and wear the crown themselves.At a party one night, McDaniel carelessly makes a remark about a big incoming shipment of dope that he's expecting. The word filters through the drug community to a kid named Lennie Jack who's fresh home from the war in Vietnam and looking to step up in the world. Lennie Jack and a couple of buddies hit the exchange and make off with McDaneil's shipment. McDaniel, naturally, is furious both because of the dope he has lost and, even more important, because the robbery makes him look vulnerable in a world where the most dangerous thing that can happen to a drug kingpin is to look weak.McDaniel launches an "investigation" into the theft and before long, the blood is flowing like a river. It's a brutal world where mercy, trust and security are unknown commodities, where today's ally may be tonight's enemy, and where it's every man for himself.Smith writes a very compelling story set in a very believable world where, before the days of Escalades and Lincoln Navigators, the dealers drive tricked-out Cadillacs and dress like Super Fly. The Jones Men is a trip back in time that any fan of nourish crime fiction is almost certain to enjoy.

  • Mariano Hortal
    2018-11-30 09:48

    Publicado en http://lecturaylocura.com/capsulas-po...Cápsulas policíacas para verano: Preston y Child, Erik Axl Sund y Vern E. SmithLeyendo todo lo que leo es difícil, por falta de tiempo, preparar reseñas de cada lectura; es por ello que voy a volver al formato de cápsulas para momentos puntuales que me sirven para, por lo menos, dar una imagen general del libro y su calidad. Este formato especialmente se adapta muy bien por temáticas, así que os traigo a continuación unas policiacas con, eso sí, éxito desigual:La isla perdida de Douglas Preston y Lincoln Child, tercer libro de la serie de Gideon Crew, y me paso a la edición de bolsillo; las razones son claras, esta serie sigue sin lanzarse, da la impresión de que no tienen muy claro el carácter del personaje y por dónde llevar las aventuras y no consiguen dar un pulso a la historia, a pesar de que, indudablemente, no les falta imaginación; de hecho en esta parte los paralelismos con la Odisea de Homero son atractivos y tienen momentos felices como el siguiente, donde si asistimos a un galán cercano a James Bond o al Caffrey de White collar:“-¿Me estás haciendo una proposición indecente?-Pues sí. Cenaremos en el hotel del restaurante: tienen una cocina increíble y unos vinos espectaculares. Hablaremos sobre la física nuclear y literatura francesa, y luego subiremos a mi habitación y haremos el amor con mucha pasión y muy poca decencia.-Eres insoportablemente directo.-Vita brevis –sentenció sin más. Y porque era latín, más que por ninguna otra cosa, Julia aceptó.”Desgraciadamente se trata de temas puntuales que no ocultan la irregularidad de la novela que no pasa de un buen divertimento, lo cual no es forzosamente malo, aunque sí lo es cuando conoces el nivel alcanzado en otros libros suyos.PersonaPersona de Erik Axl Sund, es la última tomadura de pelo nórdica que nos intentan vender (y venderán, desgraciadamente), un catálogo de atrocidades con ganas de provocar sin ningún sentido final que los una; destila pretenciosidad filosófica profunda a los cuatro costados con una prosa que anonada por su simpleza:“el cuerpoestaría constituido por dos entidades, un animal y un ser humano.Una víctima y un verdugo.Un verdugo y una víctima.El libre albedrío unido a las pulsiones físicas.Dos antípodas en un mismo cuerpo.”Y encima es altamente previsible desde el mismo subtítulo (que da nombre a la saga de tres libros) que adelanta, sin atisbo de error, la sorpresa que se supone que nos tenía que dejar alucinados; para el siguiente no me engañan el par de elementos escondidos bajo el nombre de Erik Axl Sund, la lástima es que haya caído con este. Esto me pasa por salirme de mi hoja de ruta. jacoLos reyes del jaco de Vern E. Smith, dejo para el final la mejor muestra de las tres, por lo menos para quedarme con un buen sabor de boca; aquí tenemos una de esas novelas negras negras (y no es redundante), un hardboiled con personajes muy negros en los todos los sentidos donde asistimos a la típica trama de lucha de poder en una ciudad con la droga como hilo conductor:“-En cualquier caso, a quien esté detrás de esto se le han acabado las oportunidades de ventilar mis asuntos. Sabéis que no aguanto estas mierdas. Si esos tarados de negros de teta se quieren matar, a mí me la suda, pero que no me jodan. Y si me joden, que sepan que tienen el culo sentenciado. Y vosotros ya podéis desear que esta mierda no os salpique. Murphy, llévate a estos a inspeccionar todos los garitos, uno a uno, hasta que encuentres algo.”Una historia de perdedores, donde no hay ningún atisbo de esperanza y sí mucha violencia, y que reúne a la perfección las cualidades que utilizó en su momento Chester Himes, el olvidado y poco reeditado autor, uno de los más grandes:“La chica de la peluca lanzó un aullido enfermizo y se ovilló en una esquina, cubriéndose la cabeza con los brazos. T. C. Thomas avanzó aprisa hacia donde estaba, le agarró el brazo izquierdo y se lo apartó. La chica se puso en pie dando golpes y gritos, presa de la histeria.Con un empujón, T.C. Thomas la devolvió a la esquina. Le apuntó entre las cejas con la Magnum y disparó. La cabeza de la chica se fue para atrás de sopetón, y luego basculó hacia delante, revelando el irregular agujero en la pared que había dejado la bala a su paso. La sangre fluía de la hendidura de la cabeza de la chica y le empapaba el regazo.”Una buena historia que no dejará indiferente a nadie y que, además, nos reconcilia un poco con las últimas publicaciones policíacas, demasiado irregulares y de un nivel ciertamente bajo.Los textos provienen de las traducciones de Güido Sender de Los reyes del jaco de Vern E. Smith para Sajalín, de Miguel Marques Muñoz de La isla perdida de Douglas Preston y Lincoln Child y de Joan Riambau Moller de Persona de Erik Axl Sund.

  • Peter
    2018-11-14 04:14

    Verne E. Smith is an African-American journalist who has covered inner city issues for the NewsweekDetroit Bureau and other media. His only novel, The Jones Men, is set soon after the 1968 Detroit Riots, durng the transition from the old business model of organized crime (prostitution, numbers, bank theft and violence) to the new model of disorganized crime (drugs and much more violence). The novel, published in 1974, has become a crime cult classic. Smith coined the term “jones” to represent heroin and “jones men” to represent heroin dealers. The story begins at the coke-laden funeral of Bennie Lee Sims, a young man who naively asked Willis McDaniel, an established drug lord, if he could run some of McDaniel’s west side drug trade; Bennie Lee was found floating in the river with two bullet holes in his head. The main figures in the novel are gathered at the funeral, having arrived in their pimpmobiles with their zoot suits, jewelry, women, and weapons. There we meet Willis McDaniel, the established drug lord; Lennie Jack, a Viet Nam vet and a wannabe; Jack’s sidekick, Joe Red; and Foxy Newton, a low-level drug trader. After the funeral, Lennie Jack hears from Foxy that McDaniel is expecting a large drug delivery at a certain drug house. Lennie Jack decides to jump a few rungs up the organizational ladder by interdicting the drugs and starting at the top. This done, Lennie and Joe Red go into hiding till the heat dies and they can begin letting some of their score out on the street. McDaniel is very pissed and he hires T.C. Thomas, a professional killer, to find out who scored and to deal with them accordingly. Lennie Jack hires “the goateed man” for protection. The fun begins. Yes, there will be blood!Smith’s style is short and punchy, laden with rich dialogue reminiscent of the snappy exchanges in old-time black-and-white crime films. There is little scene setting and no philosophical exchange. Instead we have verbal tennis balls in inner city dialect. It fits the characters and the action perfectly—-these are not guys who want to talk about relationships, existentialism, or the future of mankind. Their concerns are far more personal, and their duplicitous interactions are worthy of John LeCarre—-a double cross would be a simple operation among the jones men.If you want an authentic, inner-city Afro-American drug trade crime thriller from the 1970s that stands up extremely well against the best modern writing in the crime genre, this is a great opportunity. Four stars.

  • Alan
    2018-12-15 05:44

    I thought someone on GR had recommended this book to me, but see that none of my friends have read it. Strange. Anyway I'm kind of glad I did as it's a fast paced crime novel set within the black community on the streets of Detroit in the 70s, filled with crackling dialogue and double cross and desperate junkies and such like. However I've read quite a bit of this lately (addiction and crime books like The Grass Arena and The Killer Inside Me) and am getting a bit weary of it all. I'm taking a complete turn of direction next with Barbara Pym and Penelope Fitzgerald. Not that I want to put anyone off this book, it's well worth reading, despite being full of 'car porn' which for a non driver goes straight over my head. Here's a typical passage to show you what i mean:... .. the goateed man brought a gold-on-gold El Dorado into the bend of the Harbor Thoroughfare.He cruised up the street until he spied the tan El Dorado with New York licence plates parked in a space near the middle of the harbor.The goateed man backed his car into the space next to the tan car.

  • Tom Tischler
    2018-12-12 06:12

    This is a street wise novel about the rise and fall of LonnieJack . He is a Vietnam veteran and a mid level heroin dealer.He has come up with a plan to knock off the number one king pinWillis McDaniel and he takes over. This one draws the reader into the world of addicts, dealers, and corrupt cops and builds up to a frightening climax. Someone from Goodreads emailed me toread this book they thought I might like it and they were right. It was written in 1974 by Vern E Smith and it's the only book heever wrote. If I could write like this I would not be sitting here writing reviews that nobody probably reads anyway. I would be chasing Baldacci writing books.

  • Álvaro Díaz
    2018-12-01 02:50

    La mejor novela negra que he leído en mucho tiempo. Es de las pocas veces que la frase promocional del libro coincide con la realidad; The Wire antes de The Wire. Y así es, el libro tiene una ambientación similar, pulso, buenos personajes y acción, sólo que Los Reyes del jaco se escribió 30 años antes, en los 70, que el estreno de la serie. Una joya que no se si se había publicado en español con anterioridad, pero que sin duda la editorial Sajalin ha acertado al traducir (no obstante mi ejemplar es ya de la tercera edición). Una obra maestra que nos habla principalmente desde el lado de los delincuentes, de la vida del suburbio, de yonkis y de capos.

  • Martin Stanley
    2018-12-04 06:14

    Utterly brilliant. This cold as ice heist thriller set on the very mean streets of seventies' Detroit might be one of the finest novels of its type that I've read. It has dialogue the equal of 70s' Elmore Leonard and George Higgins, a drum-tight plot packed with double and triple crosses, an awesome cast of weasely, self-serving scumbags, and writing so sharp and clean it cuts like a blade. I can't recommend it highly enough.

  • African Americans on the Move Book Club
    2018-11-14 02:02

    This book was definitely a throwback to a time that has long been gone but not so long that the story still occurs globally. Willis McDaniel is the top man when it comes to the drug game in detroit, Michigan. He is well respected and also very feared by those that run in the circles of the drug game, whether they are addicts or hustlers. Then there are the haters. New comer Lennie Jack thinks he can take Willis McDaniels and replace him as the drug kingpin in town when the opportunity presents itself. funny how things go as a junkie provides Lennie with some information on a shipment Willis has coming in, Jack steps in and makes off with the dope which sends Willis into a rage. this type of nonsense will not be tolerated no matter how many heads have to roll. the police and the citizens of Detroit have their hands full as Willis will stop at nothing to find out who started a war with him. this book is action packed from beginning to end. the reader will enjoy the side stories that are intertwined with the main one. i didn't find any typo's in this book nor were there any words used out of context. the author has written this so that the reader will find themselves anticipating what happens next.I definitely recommend this book.Zandra D. BarnesAAMBC Reviewer

  • Lynn
    2018-11-27 04:07

    This is a such fun to read because it takes me back to the seventies. My older brother would wear those knit pants. I listened as he played his records at top volume. But back to the book. At first I was sure I'd finish it, started slow for me. But then I realized something, I kept turning the pages. LOL Smith's storytelling snuck up on me! Hooked and I didn't know it at first. As the story unfolded I had to find out what Foxy, Lennie Jack, et al was going to do next. Being inside the head of cold criminals was fascinatingly scary. Happy 40th anniversary to Vern E. Smith and The Jones Men.

  • Aramys
    2018-12-12 08:58

    Los reyes del jaco se podría haber quedado en una novela de drogadictos, bajos fondos y un montón de negros con pistolas, pero Smith ha construido una novela sobre la droga, sobre la ambición y la venganza, sobre la violencia por encima de todo. Una novela donde el ser humano vale menos que la verdad que pueda decir, un mapa del territorio donde la droga a caído como una plaga, como una lacra, llevándose por delante el alma de sus habitantes, su dinero y su futuro.https://viajealrededordeunamesa.wordp...

  • Will Johnson
    2018-11-19 02:14

    What works best for this book also works against it. When you read this with the context of when it is written, it appears to be revolutionary. However, so many have repeated the concepts of this book in both book and television/film form that you can't help but know everything that is going to happen. There are reasons they called this 'The Wire before there was The Wire' ... it is virtually the same.I enjoyed the book, don't get me wrong, but sadly I was reading this in 2014, not 1974 and at times I found myself bored. Historically good, presently average.

  • Victoria Brinius
    2018-11-15 06:56

    This is a very interesting book that was written before its time. It takes readers to the 70's and the writer has a different background then other writers of this time.It was definitely interesting to read about drug lords and Detroit at that time. I also liked that the characters talked as if they were talking in real life. Rather than "big words" to make a point. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

  • Paul
    2018-11-14 05:13

    Just re-read. A spectacular novel from Norton's lamented mid 90's Old School Books line. Set in Detroit in the 1970s, Jones Men chronicles the attempt of drug dealer Lennie Jack to claw his way to the top of the heap. It doesn't end well. Bloody, amoral, and author Vern Smith's ear for dialogue is the equal of George V. Higgins.

  • Andrew Vachss
    2018-11-30 07:58

    The definitive Detroit-underbelly novel.

  • Antonio Iglesias
    2018-12-12 02:45

    Novela sobre la lucha por el control del tráfico de droga en Detroit. Ritmo trepidante y casi no puedo soltar el libro. Muy entretenido. De lo mejor que he leido este año