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Stephen Besecker
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The Samaritan opens on a cold November morning in New York City. Johnny Cercone, caporegime for the DiFilippo crime family, is assassinated by an extraordinarily talented sniper outside his Brooklyn townhouse. Underboss “Fat Paulie” Franco and other high ranking mafia members are subsequently murdered spectacularly in and around the five boroughs of New York. The Russian Mob, and the flamboyant Lawrence Luther Wright, the biggest distributor of cocaine in the northeast, is pulled into an underworld war when one of his manufacturing facilities is leveled. It appears as though a deadly conflict among old-world Mafia, modern-day drug traffickers, and some of the nation’s most ruthless gangs have begun on the streets of New York. But why?

Could these sensational attacks really be the result of a power struggle or a tragic tale of love denied? The CIA believes that one of their own—Kevin “Hatch” Easter, whose wife was recently murdered in the Bronx—is behind the attacks. If this urban war escalates, and the DEA’s volatile secret was to ever go public, it could undermine their efforts to a precarious “means to an end” relationship in the northeast. And one rookie reporter, B.J. Butera, may have stumbled into the story of his life.

Hatch Easter, a gifted Agency field operative, holds the key. Knowing that he has become a hunted man by a number of dangerous organizations—including the Central Intelligence Agency, led by veteran Gray Taylor—Easter must leave his home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, return to New York City to find the real killer, clear his name and expose a larger conspiracy that could potentially expose the United States government.

Does the CIA have a rogue field operative exacting revenge, or is there some unknown murderer, loose on the streets of New York, who has a unique agenda?

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