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Starred Review. Crackling dialogue and rich characters distinguish Bazell's debut thriller. Dr. Peter Brown is living a double life and one of his patients may have uncovered the doctor's secret. Brown was formerly Pietro Brnwa, a vicious mob hit man who would be the last person you want to see in your hospital room. Robert Petkoff delivers a solid performance as both Brown and Brnwa, distinct and well-crafted personalities whose flaws, needs and desires somehow coexist in this mystery. Bazell's writing is raw and endlessly witty, a combination that isn't always realistic, but with Petkoff behind the microphone it's a great ride. A Little, Brown hardcover (Reviews, Oct. 27). (Jan.)
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Beat the Reaper, a criminal and medical thriller, received praise across the board. Written in a tough pulp-fiction style, this debut, with "enough male fantasy packed into these pages to temporarily relieve the worst case of mid-life crisis," noted the Washington Post, won't fail to entertain. But despite its quirkiness and brutality, it contains surprisingly thoughtful scenes. Beat the Reaper also addresses real—and serious—issues that both doctors and hospitals face. A few critics commented on the ludicrous love scenes and disagreed over whether the footnotes added value, but all commented on the ending (imagine a locked medical freezer—we won't say more). But since this is the first novel in a planned series, we're pretty sure the adored protagonist survives.
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Really enjoyed reading this - it went so fast! There's definitely some gory detail in this book, so careful about downloading if you're sensitive to that.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
Fast paced, dark, and etched with lot of character details. Brilliant.Published 1 month ago by Matthew G. Belge
I guess if you read a lot of military thrillers or "realistic" thrillers or real-crime books this one will feel a bit fantastical. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pop Bop
Damn good novel. Just damn f***king good. How is this guy not famous? How is this not a movie? Mr. Bazell, how is it that you have only two novels? Read morePublished 4 months ago by A reader's best friend
Lazy writer that can not research and writes made up, ignorant 'facts' about firearms. I don't know if the medical and historical facts are accurate as that is not my area of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by gagokano