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Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
In Beat the Reaper, Dr. Peter Brown is an intern at Manhattan's worst hospital when his past catches up with him. He used to be a hitman for the mafia before going into the witness protection program and becoming a doctor. When a mobster comes into the hospital for surgery that has an even chance of saving his life and recognizes Peter, he forces Peter to make a deal. If the mobster survives, Peter lives. Peter must make sure that incompetence that runs rife through the hospital doesn't kill the mobster first. Then there's the gun he took from a mugger, the sexy drug rep, and the syringe that may have infected him with a strange disease. It's a madcap day where he does his best to beat the reaper. Josh Bazell's debut novel has received positive reviews with the New York Observer saying, "Beat the Reaper is a skillful performance, and the proof lies in our willingness to swallow it whole. If at first we allow Mr. Bazell to hoodwink us because he's so good, the true test comes later - when we forget we’ve been had."