Touchstone, Jul 7 2009, $14.00
In Philadelphia, Leah Baker lives with hood Kenny Courtland, who runs the local drug trade and various other schemes. She loves Kenny, but does not like the way he is always looking for a scheme to make money. His latest scam involves a car accident to con an insurance company. He arranges to fake a crash with Leah pretending she was the driver while he and another couple are passengers. The cops come and arrest the four because they happened to be staking out the location that Kenny picked and witnessed the event.
The police free Kenny and the other couple after they blame Leah. She realizes her boyfriend left her to take the fall. Detective Daily offers her a deal in which her record will remain clean if she betrays Kenny like he did her. She calls Kenny from jail and tells him the cops want her to be a snitch on Alliance Collision owner Vic. Kenny detests Vic who fired him when he worked for the man, but arranges through the man’s son his homie Nasir who owes a major debt to him to get Leah a job at his dad’s garage. Soon after she is employed, Leah and Nasir begin to fall in love, but an affair could prove as dangerous as being a snitch trying to hang Kenny.
CHASER is a fast-paced street romantic suspense starring a young woman who learns the hard way what matters in life. The cast drives the story line especially the lead triangle though the support players are fully developed too. Fans who relish a different kind of contemporary romance will want to read Leah’s tale of struggling to survive the mean streets of Philadelphia.