|Samaritan (2003) [Novel]|
by Richard Price
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When Detective Nerese Ammons returns to her old high school to give a lecture, the principal asks her to look into the near-fatal beating of Ray Mitchell, a guest teacher and an old acquaintance of Nerese’s from the projects. Mitchell, a former TV writer and coke addict, has come back to his old hometown Dempsey to plot his next move and to repair his relationship with his adolescent daughter. When Nerese visits Mitchell in the hospital he is teetering near death from a severe head injury, but refuses to say who attacked him or press charges. Mitchell recently had an affair with Danielle, the mixed-race daughter of another woman from the projects to whom Mitchell had given a large sum of money. Among the suspects are Danielle’s drug-dealer husband and Salim, an ex-student of Mitchell’s and a talented artist with a shady background who keeps hitting him up for cash allegedly to start a T-shirt business. As the novel shifts between past and present, Nerese discovers how tangled Mitchell’s motives are and how complex and ultimately dangerous altruism can be.
Original title: Samaritan
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Suspense