BookBrowse Reviews Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell

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Beat the Reaper

A Novel

by Josh Bazell

Beat the Reaper
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2009, 320 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2009, 336 pages

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Donna Chavez

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Bazell's profanely hilarious debut hits the ground running

Bazell's profanely hilarious debut hits the ground running with a street thug trying to mug New York City physician intern Peter Brown. The young doc is on his way to work and doesn't have time for this nonsense so Brown (in some quick not-learned-in-med-school moves) disables the jerk, throws him over his shoulder, then drops him in the hospital's emergency room to care for his injuries. What he did learn in med school was how to describe in graphic detail just exactly how he is disabling the jerk – complete with footnotes. Four pages in and I already know that Peter Brown is a really complex person. A benevolent beast?

Many authors – and almost all first time novelists – build a character slowly, page-by-deliberate-page. Don't get me wrong. Brown is much more than is revealed in that first scene. His back story and current situation only get more ...

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