Saturday, August 15, 2009

Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell


Oh, what exactly to say about Beat the Reaper...

1. I listened to this in the car (great audio!) and I put the first CD right back in when I finished the last one because I wanted that visceral experience again immediately.
2. There is a bunch/wealth/plethora/no shortage/heaping serving of crude language and imagery as well as gratuitous and brutal violence. Just so you know ahead of time.
3. It was so f&%king funny I could barely stand it...when it was crude and/or violent, it was often funny then too.
4. I am SO buying this for my personal collection. The Bearclaw will cheer me up when I'm feeling blue.

So, Dr. Peter Brown's day has started with a bang. He witnesses a bloody altercation between a rat and a pigeon, then someone tries to mug him. Poor, poor mugger. You'll learn more about elbow tendons and tracheal rings than you'd think possible in a few paragraphs. When he finally makes it to work, nothing really improves. Peter is a first year intern in the city's worst hospital and it is a battleground. As he makes his rounds, the impossible happens and one unexpected patient identifies him as Pietro "Bearclaw" Brnwa, former mafia hitman turned witness. Chaos of varying bloody and disgusting types insue. Layered with this turn of events is the life story that has changed Pietro Brnwa to Peter Brown.

It's funny. It's gross. It's rude, crude, and undeniably socially unacceptable. I love it so.

2 comments:

J. Kaye said...

I am so glad you loved this one! I have it on my shelf!!

Holley T said...

...and I am uber careful about who I recommend it to in my professional capacity :-)