Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell looks like an exciting and funny medical thriller.
From the Hachette Books web site:
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.
In an unusual move for this blog, I’m posting the giveaway before my review! I’ll add the link to my review when it is done (I’m still waiting on my copy of Beat the Reaper!). Here it is.
While you are waiting for the book, watch the book trailer above or check out the game at www.beatthereaper.com. You can also read an excerpt from the book or listen to a sample from the audiobook while you are there. If the book is as funny as the game, we’re in for a good ride. If the field of medicine is anything like the game, everyone should be happy I didn’t become a doctor.
You can check out the Reading Group Guide as well, but beware of spoilers. It’s also coming soon to the big screen (book club movie night!).
Thank you to Hachette Books for allowing me to host a giveaway of 5 copies of Beat the Reaper!
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