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November 16, 2010 / C.T. Henry

REVIEW: Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell

Since its release in 2009, Josh Bazell’s Beat the Reaper has been the recipient of rave reviews.  This one is no different.  Beat the Reaper is a fun, exciting read.  Reminiscent of Swiercynski’s The Blonde, with its outrageous sense of humor and non-stop action, I couldn’t put this thriller down.

Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at a Catholic Hospital.  However, one of his patients recognizes him as the mob’s hitman.  Interspersed with his medical knowledge, Peter Brown narrates his own story, which is one of revenge for his grandparents’ murder, friendship with a mobster’s son, and the love of his life – Magdalena.

The best part of the book is the way Bazell weaves the past with the present, filling in the gaps of what happened to bring Peter Brown to this unusual predicament.  It’s a roller-coaster ride with a great pay-off.  Bazell’s debut is a real winner.


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