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- Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 153mm x 233mm x 24mm | 436g
- Publication date: 5 February 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0434019232
- ISBN 13: 9780434019236
- Sales rank: 524,134
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 hospital intern 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 a 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 an intensely clever, imaginative novel that thrills on every page and is one of the most audacious and outrageous debuts of the year.
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Josh Bazell is a doctor and novelist. He has a BA in writing from Brown University, where he was awarded the Clarkson-Collins Prize in American Marine History, and an MD from Columbia. He has worked as a screenwriter, and while in medical school investigated suspicious deaths for the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York. He is currently a resident at the University of California, San Francisco, and is writing his second novel.
"Outrageously funny....BEAT THE REAPER may be the most imaginative debut of the year." -- USA Today "Carol Memmott"
The past comes knocking for a physician with a fistful of secrets.Medical resident Bazell opens his debut novel with a bone-crunching interlude between Manhattan ER doctor Peter Brown and a mugger whom he beats senseless, then treats for injuries. Brown soon confesses that his real name is Pietro Brnwa. He's a former hit man whose lethal trade drove him into the witness-protection program, where he reinvented himself as a pill-popping trauma physician. "It's a weird curse, when you think about it," says the killer turned doc. "We're built for thought, and civilization, more than any other creature we've found. And all we really want to be is killers." The past catches up with Brown when a terminal patient at the hospital recognizes him as the mob assassin called "Bearclaw." The patient threatens to out Brown if he does not work to save the man's life. Bazell's profane, hyperactive novel is readable and fun, and no fan of shoot-'em-ups or medical dramas can afford to miss it. Among the book's highlights is a riotous set of doctor's rounds that find Brown making out with a cancer patient, chasing down a wheelchair-bound fugitive and suffering a particularly vile needle stick.A wildly funny mashup between genres that makes ER and St. Elsewhere look tame. (Kirkus Reviews)