Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
A Novel (Dr. Pietro Brnwa Novels)

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Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital, with a talent for medicine, a shift from hell, and a past he'd prefer to keep hidden. Whether it's a blocked circumflex artery or a plan to land a massive malpractice suit, he knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.

Pietro "Bearclaw" Brnwna is a hitman for the mob, with a genius for violence, a well-earned fear of sharks, and an overly close relationship with the Federal Witness Relocation Program. More likely to leave a trail of dead gangsters than a molecule of evidence, he's the last person you want to see in your hospital room.

Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, is Dr. Brown's new patient, with three months to live and a very strange idea: that Peter Brown and Pietro Brnwa might-just might-be the same person ...

Now, with the mob, the government, and death itself descending on the hospital, Peter has to buy time and do whatever it takes to keep his patients, himself, and his last shot at redemption alive. To get through the next eight hours-and somehow beat the reaper.

Spattered in adrenaline-fueled action and bone-saw-sharp dialogue, BEAT THE REAPER is a debut thriller so utterly original you won't be able to guess what happens next, and so shockingly entertaining you won't be able to put it down.
 

About Josh Bazell

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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.
 
Published December 15, 2008 by Little, Brown and Company. 305 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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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.

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We learn, for instance, that Brown first became a killer to avenge the murder of his grandparents.

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The Guardian

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Peter Brown is a doctor at a decrepit Manhattan hospital with an impossible caseload, incompetent colleagues and a past as a mafia hitman for a New Jersey mob who are out for his blood.

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Publishers Weekly

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Making a hit man turned medical intern a sympathetic figure would be a tall order for most authors, but first-time novelist Bazell makes it look easy in this breezy and darkly comic suspense novel.

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Book Reporter

These two men who knew each other from the time they were in school are having “a failure to communicate.” In the meantime, the narrative has segued from the past crime scenes to the present Dr. Peter Brown, miracle worker.

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Entertainment Weekly

But one night while performing hospital rounds, Brown runs into a familiar face — a dying mobster who recognizes the doctor from his former life — and the story takes off like, um, a hot slug from a .45 (pulp writing isn't as easy as it looks).

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Suite 101

Bristol cops Jack Caffery and Phoebe "Flea" Marley face their most formidable foe to date in this twisty thriller by the author of SKIN.

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USA Today

Things are great until a former Mob acquaintance being treated for cancer recognizes him and gets the word out to Brnwa's enemies.The result is a hyper-violent account of Brnwa's life as a hit man and what can best be described as an ugly look at day-to-day hospital life.If you don't like extreme...

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BookPage

In the very first paragraph, an unfortunate mugger is pointing a gun in Brnwa's face after the doctor stops to watch a rat fight a pigeon—a true Manhattan undercard.

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More a warning, sometimes a conDescription'Beat The Reaper' by Josh Bazell was published in January 2009.Publisher: Little, Brown304 PagesGuide Review - 'Beat the Reaper' by Josh Bazell - Book ReviewDr. Peter Brown or Pietro "Bearclaw" Brnwa, doctor/ex mafia hit man, is a pretty original amoral h...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Josh Bazell knows hospital lore well: with an MD from Columbia, he’s currently a resident at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Boomtron

There is some violence in here that I just want to fucking scream about from the rooftops, a certain weapon that is so fucking ingenious that I tell random people that I know for sure will never read the book just because it blows my mind so fucking much!

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