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Ray Mitchell is lying in a hospital bed, drifting in and out of consciousness, his head a bloody mess of swabs and bandages. He knows who did it, but he's not saying. He had been a successful and wealthy TV scriptwriter, but returned to the mean streets of Dempsey, New Jersey, in order to give something back to the community where he grew up. But being charitable isn't always easy, and parachuting back into his childhood life was never going to be without its difficulties. His attempt to be a 'good man' leads him down many dark avenues, where his ostentatious displays of wealth can only incite trouble. In true Richard Price tradition, Samaritan has all the elements of a thriller and all the depth and beauty and characterisation of a literary more

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 111 x 178mm | 289g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • UK open market ed
  • 0747568154
  • 9780747568155
  • 1,252,394

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'Richard Price is the finest writer about contemporary urban America on the planet, and SAMARITAN confirms it. This writer is at the peak of his powers a story so good you never want it to end' Daily Mail 'He is one of those rare writers who doesn't see why an ability to entertain and enthrall should come at a cost' Evening Standard 'Powerful Wise The novel is alive because writers like Price are crafting books like SAMARITAN' Time 'A crafty whodunnit and a compelling character study wholly believable and blessed with wire-sharp wit. The Projects are the most affecting character of all, though - life-draining smears across the landscape that bear silent witness to the poverty and despair behind the American dream. One of the books of the year' Uncutshow more

About Richard Price

Richard Price is the author of five other books. He is also an internationally reknown Hollywood screenwriter of Sea of Love, The Color of Money and more

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4 45% (803)
3 30% (527)
2 7% (129)
1 1% (16)
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