For a first book, I think that Solomon Jones has outdone himself. At first, I thought that I was not going to like the book because he was using a lot of termonology that I was unfamiliar with. But this book proved to be a page turner. I could not rest because I wanted to know what was going to happen to Pookie, Black, Clarisse, and Leroy. It has a lot of suspense and an ending that will leave you waiting for Mr. Jones' next book. You will not be disappointed with this book, I promise.
This was a wonderful twisted love story, that happened to contain crooked cops, a corrupt police force, murder, some nosy neighbors, greed, seduction, reporters on the come-up, one almost-retired detective destined to find answers, and four of the most lovable crack-addicts you could imagine at the center of it all. Jones' novels always contain complex male characters which I love. This book made me laugh and cry...and though I've never known what the "world of addiction" was like...it is painted so clearly in this novel. Jones is easily becoming my favorite crime novelist. Excellent anytime book.
I'm STILL trying to come back from the reading ride of a lifetime! This book is good on so many different levels that I don't know where to start, but I'll try anyway. The book opens with two pipers, Leroy and Black, working on various schemes to get money for that next hit. Meantime, at a crack house, the politician Johnny Podres, who is known to be incorruptable, and a possible mayoral candidate is shot to death. What was he doing there? And did the crack addicts, who only wanted to rob him, kill him, or was it someone else that only one person THINKS he may have seen? And how do two addicts, Leroy and Black, end up getting blamed for the killing when they weren't even there at the time? And if the police are so sure that Black, Leroy and maybe even Leroy's girl, Pookie, killed Podres, why are other people dropping like flies? Sucked into this whole horrible mess is Black's lady friend, Clarrise, a respected nurse...and a crack addict. Suddenly, these four are on the run for their lives. What happens once they all hook up is jaw-dropping, heart-stopping scenes that read like a movie. This book should be a movie, it is just that good. Mr. Jones does an outstanding job of putting human faces on those that society would like to condemn, ignore and eliminate. He makes you feel something as you learn how each of them, Black, Leroy, Pookie and Clarrise ended up as helpless slaves to the pipe. He makes you feel what it is like to have it all, lose it and learn how to survive on the mean streets, that just happen to be Philadelphia, but could be any city in this country. Once again, I pulled an all-nighter to finish this book. This time I was up until 4:00 in the morning. And even after I finished the last page, the characters followed me into my dreams. This is a story that you will not soon forget. Mr. Jones' writing is so tight, so searingly honest, that I believe that we will be hearing alot from this very talented man. His book touched my heart, made me think and kept me spellbound. BUY THIS BOOK!!! And Hollywood, this MUST be made into a movie! My only regret was that the book ended and that I can't give it more stars! WAY TO GO, SOLOMON JONES!!!!
First-Time Novelist, Solomon Jones, gives us an intriguing and suspenseful plot in his debut novel, Pipe Dream. Set against the backdrop of North Philly, Jones gives us the ugly and bad view of crack addicts and cops that loiter and patrol the streets. When Johnny Podres, a prominent city councilman and Head of the Police Civilian Review Board is found murdered in a North Philly crackhouse the entire police squad quickly assembles to find the killers. Since the murder occurred in a North Philly crackhouse the obvious leads to two well-known crackheads who were supposedly in the vicinity at the time of the crime-Black and Leroy. As Black and Leroy try and stay one step ahead of the police homicide squad they're soon accompanied by Pookie and Clarice...their female sidekicks. Soon all four are wanted by the law for a crime they didn't commit but getting someone to believe them and to seek out the truth will require an Act of God. Pipe Dream is an impressive debut novel. The plot started off slow and it took me awhile to become accustomed to the author's writing style. Once I adjusted, I was in for a roller coaster read as the story unfolded. I liked the character development and especially liked how Jones made me feel empathy and compassion for a group of "crackheads". Jones showed that even a low-life addict doesn't necessarily start out that way and that sometimes a character's drug use is triggered by a hurtful event in his or her past. I will never look at a junkie the same way in the future...without wondering ..."how did that person end up on crack?" Jones gives an accurate portrayal of life on the street and shows how easily it is to pin a crime on those who are the underclass, and, usually African Americans. As I read Pipe Dream, I experienced pain, anger, anguish, frustration, sorrow and even hate, but in the end, hope, redemption and justice overcame. Pipe Dream by Solomon Jones is an action-packed and compelling debut novel that will hold your attention until the very end.