Thursday, March 05, 2009

Book review

Beat the Reaper: A Novel Beat the Reaper: A Novel by Josh Bazell

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Medical thrillers usually aren't my thing, but this was one with a critical difference. Peter Brown is an internist at Manhattan Catholic Hospital, saving patients by day and trying to keep a low key. He's in the witness protection program after a career as a mob hit man turned informant, before cutting a deal with the feds and attending medical school. When one one of his patients recognizes him as the infamous mobster Bearclaw, the race is on to see if he can stay alive with everything crumbling around him. This was an original and interesting story, and Dr. Brown is a great character, torn between self preservation and helping his patients. Some of the behind the scenes goings on at the fictitious hospital is clearly based on the author's experience as a doctor. This story was funny, scary and thoughtful and is recommended to those who like mob stories or medical thrillers.

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