Beat the Reaper

A Novel

Bazell, Josh

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Beat the Reaper
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The carefully orchestrated life of Manhattan emergency room doctor and witness-protection program participant Peter Brown unravels in the course of a high-stakes day that begins with a mugging, an elevator encounter with a sexy pharmaceutical rep, and a new patient who knows him from his previous existence.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0316032220
9780316032223
Branch Call Number: FICTION BAZELL 2009
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,25 cm

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In this wild and hilarious debut thriller, Peter Brown is a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with a past, a secret, and a gun — and has 24 hours to save himself and beat the reaper.


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Feb 23, 2015

ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ...FASCINATING CHARACHTERS AND WILD PACING...AND THE FOOTNOTES ARE EVEN BETTER THAN THE STORY WHICH IS WACKY AND VERY ENTERTAINING. THE SECOND BOOK IN 2012 IS EQUALLY AS GOOD

Oct 13, 2014

"When Dr. Peter Brown is mugged and it's the mugger who needs medical treatment, it comes as no big surprise that Brown is a former mob hit man now in the witness protection program. Between flashbacks that explain just how he got into killing for the mob (and why he left) and fascinating facts about medicine, Brown must make rounds, save his patients, find one that's gone missing, survive a needle stick, take just enough pills to keep him awake and functioning, and avoid getting killed himself. If you like medical dramas or high action, drop whatever you're doing and pick up a copy of this violent, funny, and highly enjoyable book -- stat. You can follow up with Wild Thing, the 2nd in the series." Thrillers and Suspense October 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/1e433e8a-8eeb-417c-8ea3-00135a82169f?postId=d197a0aa-13c0-4533-9ae2-936764f2348f

Sep 04, 2013

My first time reading Bazell, laugh out loud funny reminds me a little of richard kadrey (sandman slim) very very good.

May 29, 2013
  • JCLAustinJ rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It takes a lot for a book to make me squirm and this one did it. The blend of Medical Drama and witness protection Mafia hit man was thrilling and the wonderful, if somewhat blunt, narration by Pietro knocked my socks off.

Mar 03, 2013
  • elewep rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is about revenge, being a doctor in the witness protection program and the mob. It is funny, fast paced and so good I read it in only a couple of days. I highly recommend this if you are looking for something light and entertaining.

Nov 24, 2012

I'm not sure how I stumbled across this title, or even why I read it. Mob hijinks and wiseguys are a far cry from my usual preferred subjects. And yet...I can't wait to read the next in the series! Pietro is charming, intelligent, and quite possibly the most brutally practical narrator I've ever encountered (witness the freezer scene toward the end of the story). Yeesh.

Jun 21, 2012

This tongue in cheek mobster page turner kept me chuckling all the way through.

Mar 24, 2012
  • kubux96 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Heir apparent to Chuck Palahniuk. Entertaining and original.

Mar 18, 2012
  • deRougemont rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great fun!

Mar 05, 2012
  • dcafk rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Jack Reacher meets (Dr.) House.
Loved the footnotes and the medical info. (The author is a doctor.)

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