Beat the Reaper

Beat the Reaper

A Novel

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
The carefully orchestrated life of Manhattan emergency room doctor and witness-protection program participant Peter Brown unravels in the course of a day that begins with a mugging and a new patient who knows him from his previous existence.

Blackwell North Amer
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 Brnwna 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.

Hachette Book Group
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.

Baker
& Taylor

The carefully orchestrated life of Manhattan emergency room doctor and witness-protection program participant Peter Brown unravels in the course of a high-stakes day that begins with a mugging, an elevator encounter with a sexy pharmaceutical rep, and a new patient who knows him from his previous existence.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316032223
0316032220
Branch Call Number: FIC BAZ
Characteristics: 310 p. ;,25 cm.

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catspaws
Feb 23, 2015

ONE OF THE MOST UNUSUAL BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ...FASCINATING CHARACHTERS AND WILD PACING...AND THE FOOTNOTES ARE EVEN BETTER THAN THE STORY WHICH IS WACKY AND VERY ENTERTAINING. THE SECOND BOOK IN 2012 IS EQUALLY AS GOOD

ChristchurchLib Oct 13, 2014

"When Dr. Peter Brown is mugged and it's the mugger who needs medical treatment, it comes as no big surprise that Brown is a former mob hit man now in the witness protection program. Between flashbacks that explain just how he got into killing for the mob (and why he left) and fascinating facts about medicine, Brown must make rounds, save his patients, find one that's gone missing, survive a needle stick, take just enough pills to keep him awake and functioning, and avoid getting killed himself. If you like medical dramas or high action, drop whatever you're doing and pick up a copy of this violent, funny, and highly enjoyable book -- stat. You can follow up with Wild Thing, the 2nd in the series." Thrillers and Suspense October 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/1e433e8a-8eeb-417c-8ea3-00135a82169f?postId=d197a0aa-13c0-4533-9ae2-936764f2348f

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GAI1776
Sep 04, 2013

My first time reading Bazell, laugh out loud funny reminds me a little of richard kadrey (sandman slim) very very good.

JCLAustinJ May 29, 2013

It takes a lot for a book to make me squirm and this one did it. The blend of Medical Drama and witness protection Mafia hit man was thrilling and the wonderful, if somewhat blunt, narration by Pietro knocked my socks off.

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elewep
Mar 03, 2013

This book is about revenge, being a doctor in the witness protection program and the mob. It is funny, fast paced and so good I read it in only a couple of days. I highly recommend this if you are looking for something light and entertaining.

bookfanatic1979 Nov 24, 2012

I'm not sure how I stumbled across this title, or even why I read it. Mob hijinks and wiseguys are a far cry from my usual preferred subjects. And yet...I can't wait to read the next in the series! Pietro is charming, intelligent, and quite possibly the most brutally practical narrator I've ever encountered (witness the freezer scene toward the end of the story). Yeesh.

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KayK
Jun 21, 2012

This tongue in cheek mobster page turner kept me chuckling all the way through.

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kubux96
Mar 24, 2012

Heir apparent to Chuck Palahniuk. Entertaining and original.

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deRougemont
Mar 18, 2012

Great fun!

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dcafk
Mar 05, 2012

Jack Reacher meets (Dr.) House.
Loved the footnotes and the medical info. (The author is a doctor.)

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