The Bridge by Solomon Jones
A Novel

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Sometimes, Philadelphia Police Detective Kevin Lynch feels he has spent his whole life trying to put his past firmly behind him. But a frantic call for help from a childhood friend whose child has gone missing changes all that.

Now Lynch must summon the courage to return to his childhood home, the infamous projects known as The Bridge. As the case unfolds and the search for Kenya, the missing girl, intensifies, the secrets guarded by her family and friends begin to emerge. And the hidden truths are more sinister and malevolent than Lynch could ever imagine, and once again, The Bridge threatens to be his downfall.

Solomon Jones's The Bridge is a gritty, suspenseful novel in which the root causes of crime share the stage with their tragic consequences, allowing an intimate window into ghetto life.


About Solomon Jones

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SOLOMON JONES is an Essence bestselling author. He is an award-winning columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and a member of the authors group, the Liars Club. Jones teaches creative writing at Temple University. He lives in Philadelphia with his family, and is currently at work on his next novel.
Published July 1, 2004 by Minotaur Books. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now, the predawn phone call from Daneen pleading for his help plunges Kevin into a dangerous double investigation: first is the search for himself—an unexpected collision with long-hidden issues of identity and unresolved guilt;

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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.

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Entertainment Weekly

A pun-prone Pakistani accountant (''part Alexander Block, part H&R Block'') named Mohammed Ali — played by Jones, sporting an ill-fitting jacket and a jolly demeanor.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Neil Young waves to the crowd after collaborating with Mumford and Sons at the Bridge School Benefit Concert at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Detective Kevin Lynch has escaped the slums and now has a nice house in a nice neighborhood.

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Project MUSE

In her one-woman show Bridge and Tunnel, Jones performs a series of character monologues meant to represent a cross section of New York's immigrant population.

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Talkin' Broadway

But with the audience now farther away, and Jones standing on David Korins's overliteralized and overbusy Bridge & Tunnel dive set (looking like a smoky bar from a low-budget action film), Jones's work takes on an untoward air of artistic self-indulgence.

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