Cover of: Samaritan | Price, Richard

About the Book

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.From the Hardcover edition.

Edition Notes

Genre
Fiction.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3566.R544 S36 2003b

The Physical Object

Pagination
377 p. ;
Number of pages
377

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3568725M
ISBN 10
0375411151
LC Control Number
2002069378
Library Thing
91298
Goodreads
1158581

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