Beat the Reaper

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William Heinemann, 2009 - Assassins - 310 pages
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He's a doctor with a past...He's a hit man with a conscience...And he's got 24 hours to beat the reaper. Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by the steamy elevator encounter with young female pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder. Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program - and even that can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey Mob. Now he's got to buy some time to do whatever it takes to keep his patient - and himself - alive. Beat the Reaper is not just the novel that will be compared to Quentin Tarantino's films, Grey's Anatomy, Don Winslow and Chuck Palahniuk, it's an intensely clever, imaginative novel that thrills on every page and will be one of the most audacious and outrageous debuts of the year.

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User Review  - Hae-Yu - LibraryThing

An easy read with dark humor. Good fast pace that happens all in one day with a lot of flashbacks. A lot of medical terminology thrown in and entertaining footnotes. A lot of gratuitous anti-Semitism and swearing. Read full review

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User Review  - branimal - LibraryThing

In Beat The Reaper, Bazell presents us with Peter Brown, a medical resident who years ago, entered into the witness protection program; as he used to be a contract killer for the mob. In exchange for ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

While finishing his medical degree, Josh Bazell also found the time to complete his first novel, a crime thriller called Beat the Reaper about a mob hitman turned doctor. Bazell wanted to be a professional writer since the age of nine, but then a few years later science became his serious interest. Bazell has now managed to attain both goals. Josh Bazell has a BA in writing from Brown University and a MD from Columbia University. He is currently a medical resident at the University of California, San Francisco, and is working on his second novel.

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