Samaritan has a gritty new look to accompany the paperback launch of the highly-acclaimed new crime thriller by Richard Price, Lush Life. Richard Price is an awardwinning writer for the HBO series The Wire, which has been called the greatest television series of all time and has acquired a growing legion of fans. Richard Price is an internationally bestselling author and is acclaimed by other crime and thriller writers including Dennis Lehane and James Patterson.
Richard Price is the author of five other books. He is also the internationally renowned Hollywood screenwriter of Sea of Love, The Color of Money and Ransom.
Nobody does urban grit better than Price-or so it was said in the '90s upon the publication of Clockers and Freedomland. Price's first novel in four years doesn't belie that claim, but it isn't his best, despite some wonderful writing. Most impressive are the characters-and not only the principals, Ray Mitchell, a white TV writer recently returned to his predominantly black home city of Dempsey, N.J., only to wind up in an ICU with a crushed skull, and Nerese Ammons, black, Ray's childhood friend, now a cop determined to find out who swung the vase that put Ray down. The supporting characters, too, are blazing with life, as is Price's rich evocation of Dempsey's blasted cityscape. It's the plotting that's relatively weak. The novel is woven of two chronological strands, one starting with Ray's time in the ICU and focusing on Nerese's investigation, the other beginning with Ray's arrival in Dempsey and emphasizing his troubled relationship with his alienated wife and daughter; with his new girlfriend from the projects, Danielle; and with himself-for Ray is a self-loathing former cokehead whose desperate need for approval clouds his judgment time and again. The binary plotting is interesting, but a bit gimmicky and doesn't help the book's pace, and a narrative turn near the end involving Ray and his daughter feels contrived. Since Ray's need for approval prevents him from telling Nerese who conked him, the book is basically a whodunit. Few readers will guess the real culprit: is it Danielle's jealous jailbird husband? The erratic street artist Ray is supporting? Danielle? The questions will hold readers' interest but not seize it, and while many will enjoy as well as admire the novel, most won't be blown away by it. 150,000 first printing; simultaneous Random House Audio. (Jan. 13) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
'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 'Absolutely riveting. Samaritan blew my mind' Stephen King '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' Uncut
A success story who has returned to the housing project where he was raised, Ray has been badly beaten but refuses to reveal his attacker. It's up to Detective Nerese Ammons, who knew him back when, to get Ray to open up. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.