Samaritan

Samaritan

Book - 2003
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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.

Baker & Taylor
Ray Mitchell returns to New Jersey to the housing project where he grew up to re-evaluate his life, but when he is found savagely beaten--and refuses to press charges--childhood friend Detective Nerese Ammons must uncover the truth.

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Baker
& Taylor

Leaving his successful career in L.A., Ray Mitchell returns to New Jersey to the housing project where he grew up to re-evaluate his life, reconnect with his daughter, and give something back to the community, but when he is found savagely beaten--and refuses to press charges--childhood friend Detective Nerese Ammons must uncover the truth. 150,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375411151
0375411151
Branch Call Number: FICTION Pri
FICTION Pri
Characteristics: 377 p. ; 24 cm

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