• by Richard Price
  • Narrated by Richard Allen
  • 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

After a successful L.A. television career, Ray Mitchell returns to the New Jersey housing project where he grew up, to rethink his life, reconnect with his teenage daughter, and give back to the community. Things are looking up: he's seeing a woman from the old neighborhood and teaching at his high school. But suddenly, he is found savagely beaten. He knows who did it, but won't talk. It's up to Nerese Ammons, a childhood acquaintance and now a police detective, to get Ray to tell what happened. As he slips in and out of consciousness, we enter the years in which he and Nerese encountered each other across lines of money, class, and race, the same lines Nerese must reach across now so that Ray will reveal the truth before it's too late.


What the Critics Say

"Masterful detail, vivid scene-setting, and acutely observed, naturalistic dialogue." (Booklist)


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Customer Reviews

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another fix for Wire fans

As noted in a review for Lush Life, Wire fans will recognize themes and richly drawn, nuanced characters (even names are recycled - Omar, Butchie) from the two novels available on Both are narrated beautifully, and I thought Samaritan was even better than Lush Life.
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- AmazonShoppingQueen

Tedious, overly long, poorly developed characters

Having really enjoyed Lush Life I tried out this book but was disappointed. Among other flaws was too much pop psychology, and that the book seemed to be about 3 hours too long. Also, I don't think the author adequately explored the white-black dimensions he set up with his plot. After all, the protoganist was a white Jewish guy who returns to the overwhelmingly minority housing project where he grew up in the '60s. Yet, nothing much is done with an obvious racial conflict. The protaganist was just one of the boys. As an adult, he's just a middle class guy who is spending time with characters from his childhood (or their children). In general, all the characters seem very poorly developed. The narrator was very good in eliciting voices and dialects from all the non-white characters; his voicing of the white protaganist was terrible and greatly detracted from the listening experience.
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- scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2004
  • Publisher: Books on Tape