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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (978 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Price Narrator: Michael Boatman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rena | 2/13/2014

    " Simple, predictable plot, but very interesting characters. I love this guys ability to show the psychological complexity involved in being human. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah Eisele | 1/25/2014

    " I absolutely could not put this book down! Price, the author of "Clockers," writes the dialogue so effectively it felt like the characters were having their conversations right in front of me. It's pretty gritty, but absolutely one of the most fun reads I have had in a while! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Smith | 1/24/2014

    " Reading Richard Price is all about enjoying the dialogue. The verbal interactions are just superb - at times funny and at times crushingly sad, but always, always brilliantly observed. Like Clockers and Lush Life (the other Price novels I've read) it's set in the less glamorous parts of New York and the stars of the tale are all from 'the projects', the high rise public housing built for low and moderate income families. I won't tell you how the story unfolds but I would urge just about anybody to give this a try - I think there's something here for all tastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam | 1/20/2014

    " The Wire owes a lot to Richard Price - he writes great dialogue "

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