Books by Solomon Jones

THE DEAD MAN'S WIFE by Solomon Jones
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"As fast and furious as Coletti's earlier cases (The Gravedigger's Ball, 2011, etc.), though Channing's blood-soaked pursuit of Mentasil is less interesting than the effects of the drug itself, and Coletti's detective and rescue work are less interesting still."
A hot, new drug whose developer has run unauthorized clinical trials provokes another round of anguish, soul-searching and corpses for Philadelphia homicide detective Mike Coletti. Read full book review >
THE GRAVEDIGGER'S BALL by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"An ineffective mating of police procedural, surreal horror and historical melodrama swaddled in lumpen prose from a seasoned author (The Last Confession, 2010, etc.) having a bad day."
A Philadelphia crime spree featuring Edgar Allan Poe. Read full book review >
THE LAST CONFESSION by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Behind the eschatological rumblings is a routine police procedure with a single effective scene, a step-by-step autopsy. Otherwise, the results are more plodding than proficient—and a decided letdown from the early promise Jones (Ride or Die, 2004, etc.) displayed."
An execution is delayed when a new killing spree begins. Read full book review >
RIDE OR DIE by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2004

"Much zip and zing, dodging and darting: a plainly exciting story despite the melo in the drama. But the larger social context—the grab for allegory—catches only smoke."
Not quite as predictable as it sounds—in spite of Shakespeare and West Side Story—and in spite of the soap-operatic start: Jones's (The Bridge, 2003, etc.) tale of what looks like doomed love has enough everyday North Philadelphia grit to keep readers intent on the doings. Read full book review >
THE BRIDGE by Solomon Jones
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2003

"As passionately unsparing as before in its portrayal of a subculture in despair, but Jones's second ultimately disappoints, undercut by soap-opera plotting and a curiously lifeless cast."
After his stunning debut with Pipe Dream (2000)—a harrowing novel about the inner city's lost souls—Jones tries hard again but falls short. Read full book review >
PIPE DREAM by Solomon Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 31, 2001

"Despite occasional descents into melodrama, Pipe Dream is the work of a talented newcomer passionate about his material. An impressive debut—and a writer to watch."
A staff writer for Philadelphia Weekly debuts with a searing tale of betrayals, self-betrayals, wasted lives—and addiction. Read full book review >