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Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
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Jan 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: funny, moral-dilemmas, mafia, action
Read in January, 2010

What an awesome, awesome, hilariously awesome book!

Dr. Peter Brown (aka Pietro Brwna, aka Bearclaw) has a small problem: he's a former enforcer for the mob in the witness protection program. He's also a doctor in the most sue-worthy hospital *ever*. The dilemma? A mobster has just landed himself in the hospital with a really nasty form of stomach cancer, has recognized the good doctor, and created a situation where Peter's gotta save the mobster or have his contract called in. Hijinks ensue.

This book is best read when you need something fun and fast-paced to brighten your day. There were some scenes where I went "What the *)@!" (you didn't know you could do that with your own bones...)and lots of cool, House-like terminology that adds an air of authenticity to the whole thing...frighteningly so. If there hadn't been that background this over-the-top story would not have had the grounding that it has.

The characters are fun and the situations even more so. There's a small sense of a tennis game as you jump from present to past and back again, but that's a minimal irritation for the payoff.
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