Samaritan

By Richard Price
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375725135, 400pp.)

Publication Date: June 8, 2004

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Ray Mitchell, a former TV writer who has left Hollywood under a cloud, returns to urban Dempsy, New Jersey, hoping to make a difference in the lives of his struggling neighbors. Instead, his very public and emotionally suspect generosity gets him beaten nearly to death. Ray refuses to name his assailant, which makes him intensely interesting to Detective Nerese Ammons, a friend from childhood, who now sets out to unlock the secret of his reticence. Set against the intensely realized backdrop of urban America, the cat and mouse game that unfolds is both morally complex and utterly gripping.




About the Author
Richard Price is the author of seven novels, including "Lush Life, Clockers, Freedomland, "and "Samaritan," He wrote the screenplays for the films" Sea of Love, Ransom," and "The Color of Money," for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best TV writing as a co-writer for the HBO series "The Wire," Price was also awarded a Literature Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in New York City.
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