Beat the Reaper

A Novel
By Josh Bazell (Trade Paperback, 2009)
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.
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $14.99 US/$17.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316032216

    • On Sale Date: 09/14/2009

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

    • Imprint: Back Bay Books

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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.

Josh Bazell holds a BA in writing from Brown University and a MD from Columbia. He is currently a medical resident at the University of California, San Francisco, and is working on his second novel.
  • "BEAT THE REAPER is way cool and ice-cold.  A ferocious read."

  • "Fast, fun, furious, fierce... or better yet, stop reading the accolades for BEAT THE REAPER, open up to page one, and start reading.  See you at the cash register."

  • "BEAT THE REAPER is a blast. Josh Bazell blew me away with this story that is as relentless as a bullet."

  • "BEAT THE REAPER is terrific-fresh, original, funny, and a dynamite read.  Dr. Peter Brown-aka Pietro Brnwa, aka 'the Bearclaw'-is my new favorite character."

  • "I didn't want to like it. I mean, a doctor writing a novel is kind of obnoxious. What, you don't have enough to do already? But maybe that's me. Anyway, I didn't want to like BEAT THE REAPER, but I did; I loved it. It is completely original, an utter page-turner, bold, shocking, hilarious, complex and even educational. It's that book you wish you had with you when you were trapped in an airport for a three-hour flight delay. My only complaint is that I've already read it."

  • "Outrageously funny....BEAT THE REAPER may be the most imaginative debut of the year." (USA Today).

  • "It's just what the doctor ordered....Think House meets The Sopranos." (Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Completely outrageous...genuinely entertaining." (New York Times Book Review).

  • "A fast, funny ride....Bazell keeps the story moving at warp speed." (Charlotte Observer).

  • "A breakneck cross between a hospital drama, The Godfather, and a Quentin Tarantino film." (Bloombert News).

  • "It's too much fun and too much gore to take your eyes off the page." (Washington Post Book World).

  • "Savagely diverting....BEAT THE REAPER only gets better, turn by turn, page by page." (New York Daily News).

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Product Details

Beat the Reaper
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $14.99 US/$17.99 CAN
  • Pages: 336
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316032216
  • On Sale Date: 09/14/2009
Beat the Reaper