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C. R. E. A. M.

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by Solomon Jones

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C.R.E.A.M. What's C.R.E.A.M. about? It's the story of an ex-convict from an upper-crust family whose only crime was falling for a drug dealer and refusing to testify against him. Sexy, intelligent, street-smart, and determined to change after serving time in the municipal prison system, Karima returns to find that her ex, Duane Faison, wants her back. And for one


C.R.E.A.M. What's C.R.E.A.M. about? It's the story of an ex-convict from an upper-crust family whose only crime was falling for a drug dealer and refusing to testify against him. Sexy, intelligent, street-smart, and determined to change after serving time in the municipal prison system, Karima returns to find that her ex, Duane Faison, wants her back. And for one passion-filled night, she considers it. But with dawn comes common sense and the realization that she must make a clean break from her past. To do that, she’ll need something she’s never had to ask for—help. And she knows only one person with the power to give it.

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Praise for Solomon Jones

Ride or Die

"Like Jones's previous novels, Ride or Die finds heart and soul in bleak surroundings."

Philadelphia Weekly

"Solomon Jones is the real deal. With page-turning plots and lifelike characters, he takes you beyond the ink and deep into the story."

—K'wan, bestselling author of Street Dreams, Hoodlum, and Eve

"In Pipe Dream and The Bridge, Solomon Jones proved himself a vivid storyteller and an adept craftsman. In his latest effort, the adrenaline-fueled Ride or Die, he infuses the action with enough pathos and heart to set a new standard. This is a fast-paced, beautifully compelling love story rendered against the gritty, urban backdrop of the best noir."

—Nichelle D. Tramble, author of The Last King and The Dying Ground

"Ride or Die is a scorching roller-coaster ride through the intestines of Philly. Solomon Jones masterfully constructs a world where no one is what they seem."

—Y. Blak Moore, author of The Apostles

The Bridge

"Jones tells his tale with confidence and a staccato style that heightens the melodrama. And in Kenya, he creates a character who remains vivid when she's off the page. . . . The Bridge never fails to engage us."

The Boston Globe

"Jones, whose first book, Pipe Dream, was hailed as a promising debut, shows more of that promise in The Bridge. . . . A powerful, painful look at and inside the world of heroin."

Philadelphia Inquirer

"Passionately unsparing as before in its portrayal of a subculture in despair."

Kirkus Reviews

Pipe Dream

"In his first novel, Solomon Jones shows that for a black piper in Philadelphia, not getting killed by the cops can be harder to pull off than not getting killed by crack."

The New York Times Book Review

"Gripping tale of dope, murder and self-worth . . . a narrative style that's reminiscent of Donald Goines."

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St. Martin's Press
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First Edition
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5.72(w) x 8.53(h) x 0.88(d)

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Chapter One

Footsteps echoed along the hallway in the Police Administration Building as a guard escorted twenty-three-year-old Karima Thomas out of the female unit.

Even in the nondescript gray sweatsuit she had been issued for her departure, Karima's voluptuous form showed through. An ample bosom tapering down to a tiny waist. Round hips giving way to delicately muscled thighs. Gracefulness marking her every movement.

Her face, absent of makeup as it had been throughout her six-month prison stint, was radiant. But beneath her beauty was a smoldering anger that had grown stronger with each day she'd spent behind bars.

A buzzer sounded, and the steel door slid open. Karima turned to the guard, who nodded. And then she walked out into the gray October morning. She looked toward the cloudy sky and the first raindrop she'd felt in six months fell against her face.

She smiled for a moment. Then she caught sight of the man who was waiting for her, and her smile became a grimace. He was sitting in a cherry-red Mercedes, leaning back in the cream-colored leather driver's seat with his lips fixed in a grin.

His eyes were as she remembered them. Intense. Strong. Observant. With those eyes, he could see into her soul, where desire burned bright as the blood that rushed to her cheeks.

Those were the eyes that had captured her heart two years before, when he'd watched her from his car as she crossed at a red light on her way to Temple University's Annenberg Hall.

She still remembered the way his gaze had followed her every movement. She remembered staring back at him, then losing her concentration and dropping her books in the middle of the street.

He'd gotten out of his car to help her. And as they both reached out to gather the books, their hands touched and a jolt went through her. She knew even then that he was dangerous. So dangerous that she had to have him.

In the months that followed, she allowed him to show her the streets surrounding the campus, the places she'd never bothered to see. He showed her his town house in Society Hill, and a nightlife she'd never known.

Before long, she'd given him her virginity, and along with it, she'd given him her heart. College became an afterthought. So did her family, her friends, and her life. By the time she learned he was a dealer, she no longer cared about anything but his touch. And she was willing to do anything to have it.

She learned the rules of the streets while shuttling drugs, hiding guns, telling lies, and moving cash. She learned to ride or die. So much so that when a narcotics task force investigation threatened Duane's drug enterprise, she offered herself as a sacrifice and took the fall in his place.

Now she was face-to-face with him again. Watching him as he sat in his car looking much the same as he did when they'd first met.

Copyright © 2006 by Sola Productions

Meet the Author

Solomon Jones is the Essence bestselling author of the critically acclaimed novels The Bridge, Ride or Die, and Pipe Dream, and the short story collection Keeping Up With The Jones. He is a spoken-word artist whose debut CD is titled Wisdom, and a veteran journalist whose work has been published in Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Philadelphia Weekly. Jones teaches creative writing at Temple University and serves on the board of the Philadelphia Committee to End Homelessness. He lives in Philadelphia with his family, and is currently at work on his next novel.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MyThoughtsCM More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure about purchasing this book at first, tough I had read other works by Solomon Jones, when I read what this book was about I thought it was more of a read for my daughter. I must say that I'm glad I purchased it and I wasn't at all disappointed and in fact I couldn't put it down...I am glad I purchased both this one and the sequel PayBack. Good work Solomon and do continue writing...
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Karima thomas is a young girl who went to jail for a guy that she said she love.Name Duane Fision he was a drug dealer. She said that she love him. So she went to jail for him.When she got out of jail she said that she never go back to duane. As she try to get her life together she ask her auntie if she can help her get a job.her auntie is the city councile of philadelipha her auntie name marilyn johnson. Marilyn was very jelouse of kramia mother so she try to get pay back.So she would get karmia a job with the mayor.So karmia start working with the mayor. As she work with the mayor.A bad murder happpen and karmia is the only one who knows who it is.She goes talk to the mayor to talk to him. when they were talkin the mayor has been shot. Karmia ran away. She is now on the run.So they rush the mayor to the hospital.They found out that the mayor is dead. So there are people looking for karmia.She goes o the one person that will help her that is duane.Come to find out a the end of the story karmia wasnt the one who kill him it was her aunt she just wanted pay back. I real enjoy this book it had me ral thinking about how life can be.How some time you cant trust your family .They might just use you to get what they want but you end up getingin trouble
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karima Thomas was released after a six month prison stint for refusing to testify against her guy, one of the most notorious dealers in North Philly. Prison had definitely changed her. Now hardened to the facts of life, she knows that love cost her too much time. Bitterness cast aside, her longing and mind were set on asking her aunt for an opportunity to work in the family's business. Duane Faison was lost without his soul mate, C.R.E.A.M. He'd been anticipating her release and was anxiously waiting to take her back to their life. Desperate to tie up loose ends in the street, he loses his hunger. Will this interruption go unnoticed in Duane's line of work? Marilyn Johnson, Karima's aunt, is the City Council President. Although Marilyn has helped her troubled niece in the past, she opens her arms to help her this time with more of a scheme to help rid herself of a couple of nuisances. Karima thought prison was bad until she walked into city hall. Only a couple of days of freedom, and now she's running scared as she's caught up in one of the biggest scandals to hit the airwaves. Can Karima clear her name? C.R.E.A.M. is a true whodunit, filled with suspense, greed, allegations, links and shrill politicians at the root of it all. Cash Rules Everything Around Me, C.R.E.A.M Get the money, Dollar, dollar bill, ya'll!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Solomon Jones creates another masterpiece with his latest C.R.E.A.M. With vivid scenes, description and language C.R.E.A.M definitely rules as a hard hitting novel. This time Jones, brings love, politics, family secrets and the hard gritty street life together in a harmonious mixture, when there should be none. As always, his characters are developed with a deep sense of knowing and authenticity not always found. If you are looking for a political suspense thriller with an edge, C.R.E.A.M. is, without question, the novel to buy now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Solomon Jones is a fine young author from Philadelphia. His books take you right into the heart of the life. Living in Philly I'm taken to streets I normally dont go near and feel as if I'm there with the characters. I got so caught up with Karima and Duane I finished the book in 2 hours. Thanks Solomon!
harstan More than 1 year ago
After spending six months in jail because she could not turn on her boyfriend drug dealer Duane Faison, Karima Thomas is freed only to find her lover waiting for her. They return to his place where they make love and she pleads with him to give up the streets. He refuses so she walks out on him. She goes to the head of the City Council, her Aunt Marilyn to ask her to help her obtain a job. Her aunt sends Karima to the mayor asking he assist her niece. --- Karima AKA C.R.E.A.M. does not know that her aunt hates her and is setting her up to take a fall. When Karima is alone with the mayor in his office, he comes on to her, but someone shoots him before anything happens. Karima escapes out the window, assuming that people will conclude she killed the mayor. She goes to Duane for help. Duane, who is connected with several murders, agrees to help her starting with determining who wanted the mayor dead before the cops prove Karima did it. --- Solomon Jones provides a vivid disturbing picture of Philadelphia politics filled with leaders who make Faust look like an angel as they would sell themselves in a heartbeat or sell someone out like Karima even faster. Karima¿s crime is falling in love with the wrong man and though she knows she must she finds it difficult to breakaway from her beloved, a killer and drug dealer who shows passion when it comes to Karima. Readers will appreciate this combo street-politico crime caper that rises towards the C.R.E.A.M. of the crop. --- Harriet Klausner