Saturday, 21 March 2009

Great New Novel

Finished March 20
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
This book is extremely entertaining! A thriller with humour, it follows Peter Brown (Pietro Brnwa) an emergency room doctor who is in witness protection from being a mafia hitman. Sounds ludicrous, yes, but boy does it make a good plot.
As Brown encounters someone from his past who recognizes him, alternating chapters deal with the present and go through Brnwa's history to show how he came to be where he is right now.
The medical details scattered throughout the book aren't just there for fun, they have a role in the plot. Brown has a wicked sense of humour and isn't afraid to show it. He also has a strong sense of what is right and lives by that even when it doesn't necessarily serve him well.
The author, Josh Bazell, is a medical resident, so the medical knowledge comes from a good source as do the details of the hospital environment. His imagination is wonderful and I will definitely be looking for more from him.

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