C.R.E.A.M.

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Macmillan, Jun 27, 2006 - Fiction - 214 pages
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Karima "Cream" Thomas is 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.
      Marilyn Johnson has fought to make it in the rough-and-tumble world of Philadelphia politics. After ten years on the City Council, she's finally made it to the president's seat, but she's had to forge some questionable alliances to make it there, including her long-running affair with the married mayor. When Karima asks for help in finding a job, Marilyn is caught off guard. Her niece's criminal record is one of the many secrets she has hidden from the public, but seeing an opportunity, crafty Marilyn hatches a plan to get rid of Karima once and for all. The mayor is murdered in cold blood and Marilyn is sworn into office, bringing Karima's criminal past to light. She is quickly the prime suspect in the murder investigation, and in order to save her own name and get to the bottom of the story, Karima must return to the streets.
 

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Philadelphia politics and drugs complicate the fate of two star-crossed lovers in Jones's gripping new novel. Twenty-three-year-old Karima "Cream" Thomas is just out of prison, having served six ... Read full review

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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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