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The Bridge: A Novel Hardcover – June 3, 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (June 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312306156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312306151
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,341,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Jones returns to the oppressive, crack-addicted world of the Philadelphia underclass of his powerful debut, Pipe Dream (2001), with this ambitious story. In 1990, a nine year-old girl, Kenya Brown, disappears from a grim housing project known as "the Bridge," and two African-American detectives-Kevin Lynch, who grew up in the Bridge, and Roxanne Wilson, a single mother-lead the police search. Also hunting for Kenya are her irresponsible mother Daneen, a recovering crack addict and Lynch's childhood friend; Daneen's aunt Judy, a crack dealer with whom Kenya lived; and Daneen's feckless brother Darnell. The culprit seems to be Judy's lover and business partner, drug distributor Sonny Williams, a suspected child abuser. As the search for him overshadows that for the missing Kenya, Sonny improvises to avoid capture, causing havoc throughout the city, with political repercussions. The guilty party comes as a surprise, but the real villain in this complex tale is society. Each character's story reveals how the desperate poverty and hopelessness of ghetto life lead to drugs, teenage pregnancy and violent personal relationships. Jones also shows the superhuman task of the few people, usually women, who fight against the odds to ensure that their children escape from the Bridge. The plotting is well paced, with some shortcuts and one unpardonable deus ex machina. Jones, who grew up in the Philadelphia projects and knows his subject well, is a talent to watch.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

The premise of Jones' second novel reads like the kind of front-page story a Hollywood executive might envision as an action movie with a Message. When nine-year-old Kenya Brown disappears from the squalid Philadelphia housing-project apartment she shares with her crack-dealing Aunt Judy, the cop called to save the day is Kevin Lynch, who grew up on the same mean streets. The Bridge is much more ambitious than its plot, however. Like a rock dropped in a pond, the crime has effects that ripple outward to encompass other building residents, then other Philly projects, then the whole city. Jones shows us just how much lies behind a shocking crime that surfaces suddenly in the headlines, and he is far more interested in who is hurt than whodunit. Although dialogue sometimes runs on too long, the voices ring true, especially those of the well-rendered women characters. Not the head-turning success of his debut, Pipe Dream (2001), Jones' latest nevertheless confirms his potential to become a major voice in crime fiction. Keir Graff
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More About the Author

Solomon Jones is an acclaimed author whose novels include The Dead Man's Wife, The Last Confession, The Gravedigger's Ball, Pipe Dream, and four more. An award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Essence magazine and the Philadelphia Daily News, Jones is a producer, public speaker, and also the creator of the Words On The Street literacy program. Jones lives in Philadelphia and is currently working on his next novel.

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This book was hard to put down i read it in about 3 days off and on.
The character development, imagery and attention to details was very well done, thus creating very believable characters.
Solomon's style of writing grabs you from page one and makes you not want to put the book down until the very end.
Jacynda P. Williams

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J.C. Wallington on June 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Life has always been rough for nine-year-old Kenya. She was born to a teenage mother; the product of a rape; later removed from this crack addicted mother who repeatedly abused and neglected her resulting in her being placed by DCH with her crack-dealing aunt. Even with all this negativity in her life, Kenya was the most loveable and sweetest child in the Public Housing Unit known as the Bridge. One Friday night, Kenya did not return home and the search for this young child begins in this suspense/thriller novel The Bridge by Solomon Jones.
Detective Kevin Lynch is contacted by Daneen, Kenya`s mother. She beseeches him to help her locate her child. Detective Lynch feels an obligation to the child and his childhood friend, the alleged father of Kenya, so he immediately begins to investigate her disappearance. The prime suspect is Sonny and he is on the run, motivated by greed and his desire to escape the Bridge. In the midst of searching for these two, people die, cars crash and tempers flare. Detective Lynch is suspended when one police chase causes the death of a popular judge. He becomes the fall guy for the police department. Unofficially he continues the search for Kenya looking for answers at the Bridge.
This book is filled with twists that will lead you in one direction then another angle is revealed that turns you in the opposite way. There are flashbacks into the past of the characters which help you understand what motivates them. Combine this with exciting police chases and graphic murder scenes and you have a good police drama read. If you like the suspense/ thriller novels of authors such as Gary Hardwick, you will enjoy this one.
APOOO BookClub
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reader's Paradise VINE VOICE on August 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In his debut book Pipe Dream, we met several characters that believed their dream of change dissipated in a cloud of smoke, now Solomon Jones has done it again. The Bridge is filled with relationships, drugs and many clouds of secrets; that could certainly change lives once they are revealed.
Merriam-Webster defines a bridge as a time, place, or means of connection or transition. Mr. Jones definition of The Bridge is the dilapidated, drug-infested projects housed in Philly. In both instances, each defines a means of transition and hope of getting from point A to point B.
Nine year old Kenya Brown disappeared from the projects where she lived with her Aunt Judy and Sonny her Aunts boyfriend. Detective Lynch received a frantic call from Kenyas mom asking him to help her find her baby. Lynch has his own demons about going back to the Bridge. Faced with a promise to care for Kenya Lynch puts aside his personal feelings about The Bridge.
Every character in this book has a reason to want this child dead. As the list of suspects, continue to grow so does the suspense. The Bridge is an explosive tale of hope, tough love, abusive love and desperate love. Its about the relationships we want to believe do not exist or only exist in the ghetto. This avid reader and reviewer cannot praise this book enough. Excellent job Mr. Jones!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Johnson on June 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
For anyone who has ever grown up in the inner city this is the book for you. Mr. Jones developes characters in the book that you want to connect with. Characters whose life story you want to believe. The story grabs you and pulls you to read on and on. You just do not get tired of this book.
The bridge for me was a story of hope. Mr. Jones makes you hope for the people in the book. He makes you believe that things can and will get better for the chacters. That the story of the Bridge and those stories of the chacrters individual lives will all end happily. He easily blends this theme of hope with the reality of life in a way that is just too real. The ending of the book is the completion of an emotional ride that leaves you tired.
Bravo Mr. Jones!!! I hope that you continue to write books as well and better then your first two projects.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nakea S. Murray on July 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Bridge is like Pipe Dreams to the tenth power. Although it is a completely different story, Solomon has a way of grabbing you by the hand and walking you through a world unlike your own. Both books kept your attention with the right-in-your-face action which made the book a definite page turner. I immediately felt the pain of the characters, and what emotions they were going through without being side tracked from the story. The ending was a true shocker and it will have even the most avid reader stunned. Solomon Jones is bringing something to the table that the average reader isn�t quite ready for. Writers beware; there is a new man on the block, and he�s about to take us by storm. Bravo, Solomon! If you haven�t read a good book this year you will not be disappointed with The Bridge.
Reviewed By Anna Forrest of AsThePageTurns Book Club
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessy M on October 15, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I tend to shy away from books set in the hood because so often the characters are flat and the story revolves around the "mean streets", the dangers of getting caught up in the game, blah, blah, blah, insert stuff that tugs at white-guilt heart strings. This book, however, didn't fall into that trap and instead created believable characters and a refreshingly different perspective.

This story surprised me with the depth of the characters. The dialogue was pretty genuine, missing that slavish sound so many books set in the hood contain. Instead, the people were actual people dealing with complex feelings in light of even more complicated circumstances. I also appreciate that not everything about everyone was given away - these felt like actual people with actual secrets and a plot that made me want to find out what happened next. It was interesting having such a detailed account of where in Philadelphia everything was happening - it provides a great perspective for those of us familiar with the city. I'll be reading more Solomon Jones in the future.
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