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Random House Incorporated, Jun 1, 2003 - Fiction - 377 pages
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After a lucrative television writing career comes to an abrupt end, ex—high school teacher Ray Mitchell returns to the New Jersey city of his birth–to rethink his life, reconnect with his teenage daughter and to spread the wealth on the housing project that reared him. He begins teaching again, embarks on an affair with a married woman from the old neighborhood and becomes a mentor to a former student recently released from jail.

Then, disaster: he is found beaten nearly to death in his own apartment. He knows who did it, but he’s not talking, and he refuses to press charges.

It is up to Detective Nerese Ammons–a childhood acquaintance from the projects–to get Ray to tell her what happened.

Alternating between investigations of the people in Ray’s life most likely to do him harm and listening to his fevered ramblings about their shared past as he slips in and out of consciousness, Nerese is charged not only with uncovering the perpetrator of this assault but with understanding what kind of victim is more afraid of
the truth than of his potential murderer.

The Washington Post Book World has hailed Richard Price as having “the best equipment a novelist can have–that combination of muscularity, insight and compassion we might call heart.” Samaritan is an electrifying story of crime and punishment, of character and place, of children and their keepers–a novel of literary suspense that explores what happens when, caught up in the drama of one’s own generosity, too little is given, too little is understood and the results threaten to prove both tragic and deadly.

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An almost perfectly written novel. The writing is exquisitely good. If you think you might ever want to write a book yourself, don't read this, because you will get depressed when you realize you will ... Read full review

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Although I've heard about Richard Price's books for years and have seen a couple of films based on his work, I had never read one of his novels until Samaritan. I'm always looking for a writer who can ... Read full review


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Richard Price is the author of six previous novels, including the national best-sellers Freedomland and Clockers, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award. In 1999 he received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His fiction, articles and essays have appeared in Best American Essays 2002, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, Esquire, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone. He has also written numerous screenplays, including Sea of Love, Ransom and The Color of Money. He lives in New York City with his wife, the painter Judith Hudson, and his two daughters.

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