The Pitch: Beat the Reaper is like The Sopranos meets ER as written by Charlie Huston and Duane Swierczynski
The Overview: Peter Brown, a mafia hitman, now in the witness protection program finds his cover as an emergency room physician blown when he is recognized by one of his own associates. With hitmen in the hospital, Brown will have to use his new skills as a doctor coupled with his hitman abilities if he is to survive.
The Good: Josh Baszell’s writing presents a unique spin on a mafia hitman. Nothing is as it seems. Footnotes. Yes, footnotes. This book moves. The characters.
The Bad: Being dumped in a shark tank. Stuck with a hypo full of **** and another full of infected fluids. Thrown out of a 6th story window.
The Ugly: What Brown has to do to survive.
The Summary: I loved Beat the Reaper. I can’t remember the last time I read a book by a first time author that I enjoyed so much. Bazell has created a winner and I can’t wait for his follow-up.