Samaritan - Richard PriceBloomsbury, 2004, Paperback ..
Condition: Very Good.
A crime drama set in the explosive slums of fictional Dempsy, New Jersey. Ray Mitchell, a former TV writer, has returned to his home town to reunite with his estranged teenage daughter, Ruby. Eager to contribute to his beleaguered community, Ray volunteers as a writing teacher at a local high school. When a brutal assault leaves him hospitalised, Nerese Ammons, a nearly retired detective and lost childhood friend of Ray's, investigates. She discovers, however, that while Ray can identify his attacker, he is unwilling to disclose their identity. Anxious to end her career with fireworks, Nerese continues digging, only to find that Ray made several generous donations to poor acquaintances and recently began a romantic relationship with the wife of an established criminal. While the case looks closed, Nerese continues to find evidence of Ray's troubled past and short-sighted altruism, increasing the number of possible assailants and suggesting Ray's complicity in the crime. 496pp.
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