BLACK IS A DRUG ADDICT who knows better, a man embittered by the fact that he can’t seem to escape from his addiction to crack cocaine or, for that matter, from himself. Though he was once a family man, Black’s only concern these days is getting his next high, that is, until he stumbles across a friend and fellow addict, Leroy, and both become prime suspects in the Podres murder. Black and Leroy hook up with two female pipers: Clarisse, a registered nurse who is slowly losing to crack any semblance of a respectable life, and Pookie, who already has lost it. Soon all four are trying to stay one step ahead of a police department under tremendous pressure to solve a case that could become one of the biggest scandals in Philadelphia history.
SOMETIMES, PHILADELPHIA Police Detective Kevin Lynch feels like 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. These hidden truths are more sinister and malevolent than Lynch could ever imagine. Once again, The Bridge threatens to be his downfall.
SEVENTEEN-YEAR-OLD KEISHA is the beautiful, sheltered daughter of an activist pastor with a checkered past. Handsome, ambitious Jamal is a street-savvy crack dealer and the son of one of North Philly’s most notorious drug kingpins. A history of violence and betrayal lies between their fathers, who are now bitter enemies. After one of his church members is gunned down with a bullet he is sure is meant for him, Pastor Anderson goes after Frank Nichols, determined to drive him from the neighborhood for good. There’s one problem neither the pastor nor the kingpin have considered before. Their children have refused to be enemies. In fact, Keisha and Jamal are in love.
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: Her aunt, City Council President Marilyn Johnson. But Karima is about to lear a lesson she’ll never forget. Her family is much worse that Duane.
Karima “C.R.E.A.M.” Thomas, who has been held as an accomplice in the murders of two drug dealers, is acquitted based on the deathbed confession of her lover, Duane Faison. But triumph soon turns to tragedy when Karima’s mother is found dead of an apparent suicide. Karima refuses to believe that things are as they seem. She believes that her mother was murdered, and when the police won’t listen, she takes matters into her own hands. She soon finds that her mother’s death is just the first indication of a scandal that could rock the very halls of power. Captain Kevin Lynch joins Karima in the search for the truth, despite his family and career on the line.