I m a Charlie Huston honk There I admitted it
Like the first step out of twelve I recognize my problem And I feel unburdened Free almost I m a the first step out of twelve I recognize my problem And I feel unburdened Free almost I m a holic A junkie for Charlie s magical mushroom prose And ike every good Huston holic I m always searching for writers with a similar style Writers that l grab me by the throat worrying me ike a dogEnter Josh Bazell A combination of Huston and Chuck Palahniuk Bazell stuns with his debut novel Beat the Reaper a brutal and humorous medical crime gritfest It s Goodfellas meets House with footnotes Part hitman part healer But with a bedside manner that will have you running out of a hospital uicker than you can say HMO Though this big idea sounds odd the novel works beautifully Like a virus that gets inside you always consuming always growing Never stopping If you don t have an addiction Beat the Reaper will give you one Namely a finishing the book addiction It s An Audience of Artists: Dada, Neo-Dada, and the Emergence of Abstract Expressionism likeife Once you start you won t stop until you reach the end Dr Peter Brown has a past he d ike to forget Once a hitter for the mob known as Pietro Bearclaw Brnwa he got
OUT WHEN THINGS WENT BAD TESTIFYINGwhen things went bad testifying his former employers before dropping off the face of the earth courtesy of the Federal Witness Protection Program Relocated and re imagined Peter assumes a new ife as an intern at Manhattan Catholic Hospital Helping and treating patients Including one patient who happens to be a mob father with a good memory One who happens to recognize the Pietro in Peter Suddenly Peter must move fast to stay ahead of a vengeful mob Aristotle's Rhetoric: An Art of Character looking to mete out mafia justice The type of justice thatl put him into the Manhattan Catholic morgueThe narrative alternates between chapters One plotline focusing on Peter s current predicament and one examining his past as a mob enforcer both slowly teasing out the answers of why he Anthropology as Cultural Critique: An Experimental Moment in the Human Sciences left theife And why he s on the am The action is intense and the alternating nature of the chapters makes the book incredibly addictive Like iterary crack it Between Silences ll have you greeting the dawn puffy red bags under your eyes I stayed up most of the night compelled to finish Even better I was absolutely satisfied once I didBazell never shortchanges the reader peppering Beat the Reaper with a slew of unforgettable momentseading to an ending so grotesue and badass you won t want to miss it And you l probably never be the same after you ve read it Like Huston Bazell creates dialogue with a street cadence It sounds real and even importantly it sounds cool Really cool Like you can use it to impress your friends Make them think you re clever Coupled with the odd fact weirdness popularized by Palahniuk and Beat the Reaper makes for a uniue and humorous read The mob and medicine have never been This Engaging Together Last WordStunning Debuts Like Beat The Reaper engaging together Last WordStunning debuts ike Beat the Reaper one thing eave you wanting Like a kid stomping his foot impatiently More Pietro Brwna streetwise dialogue intense heart stopping action More Josh Bazell After this gem people will be eagerly anticipating Bazell s next novel I know I m one of them And that s the first step admitting the problem Admitting you re a Bazell holic A very interesting and disturbing novel that s excessive on violence especially toward some good and undeserving characters This would have rated higher with fewer innocents killed 7 of 10 stars Anybody who thinks the US doesn t need health care reform should read this book Since the author was a medical intern and the details about patient care seem horribly realistic I think I d rather read a Surgery For Dummies book and attempt my own future operations with a bottle of Jack Daniels a carpet knife duct tape and some rusty pliers rather than risk being admitted to a hospital after reading thisPeter Brown is a harried resident trying to get through another miserable day at a arge hospital and keep his med students from killing too many patients But he s also a former mob hitman in witness protection trying to start a new ife as a doctor When one of his old collegues shows up as a patient and recognizes him Brown spends the day juggling his medical duties while trying to keep his old pals from finding out where he isThis was a darkly funny and fast paced story with an original and outlandish premise The author s medical background makes for some gross and scary The Doctor will see you nowMeet Peter Brown a young Manhattan ER Doctor who has a past he'd prefer to stay hidden When a figure from the old days Could shove a cork down your throat or jack you full of potassium until your eyes bleed or I could have one of the Latvian nurses on my floor who is really nothing than a worthless piece of shit who smokes weed than she does rounds and surfs the Internet Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work like she has a gun held to her head ignore your ass for the rest of your miserableife peppering your chart with the standard healthy readings when really you re secretly dying of stomach cancerAnd don t forget that I ve worked for the mob hell they brought me into their family not the one where I had to prove that I m worthy by killing some innocent individual while he was sleeping or watching TV in the middle of the afternoon but the one where I was sitting around the dining room table on a Sunday afternoon shooting the shit I spent my formative years in dojos studying everything from tae kwon do to kempo so I know over 100 ways to make your ears bleed so if you don t get yourself straight and step the fuck off I l plant your ass at the bottom of a cesspool and I l work the next 120 hours without even batting an eyelashYep I might just be the craziest son of a bitch you ever met I pop Moxfane tablets Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War like they re caffeine pills I take powernaps in a coat closet and Il smear a pint of blood all over myself for the right cause I have what you might call a rapid onset addiction to bloodshed and I killed four men while I was still taped to a chair along with countless other fuckers that I d rather not mention since I m in WITSEC so I really have
No Ualms About Killing An Innocent Or In Your Caseualms about killing an innocent or in your case so innocent individualAnd while you may not think you re a dumbfuck and that you re actually being clever by trying to jump my ass while I m wearing scrubs there are at Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French least forty different kinds of stupidity and over the course of ouress than five minute interlude you exhibited every single one of them and probably about a dozen others that haven t even been medically diagnosed yet So yep you re fucked and that s even without your Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America latest fixOh and whatever you do don t go to Sicily Trust me youl thank me At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture laterSincerelyDr Pietro Brnwa Bearclaw internPS If you know what s good for you youl get some Mexican hairless beaver before you diePPS Don t be such a fuckhead fuckheadDISCLAIMER I really Black Nationalism: The Search for an Identity liked this book and this voice so much in fact that I couldn t write this review any other wayCross posted at Robert s Reads B 72% More than Satisfactory Notes Falling apart at the end it climaxes its penultimate chapter in the most uncomfortable reading moment I ve ever had This book is A MAY ZING Straight up Please read thisIt s hilarious and wildly disturbing all at the same time Bazell isike the Chuck Palahniuk for sane peopleThis will just be easier if I uote Ron CharlesBeat the Reaper is a hypochondriac s nightmare but a reader s dream Josh Bazell concocted this comic thriller while working as a medical resident at the University of California San Francisco and if anything he describes here is true we should all become Christian ScientistsI want to tell you all about it the ridiculousness of certain parts other parts that made me seethe with anger and the vast cynicism throughout But you just have to read it The main character calls Lech Wa sa a pig faced bitchOne of the other things I Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism like aesthetically anyway is that throughout the chapters An outrageous novel that got meaughing a Boggs: A Comedy of Values lot in between painfully gruesome situations a plot worthy of comic books and occasional absurdly implausible sex scenes A young intern of Polish Jewish background Peter Brown tries to save patients from gross incompetence at the worst hospital in Manhattan while popping drugs to keep awake It turns out he is former mob hit man in Witness Protection and his cover is in danger of being blown Much of the tale corresponds to reflecting back on his unusual past thated to his current situation His
PARENTS WERE MURDERED WHEN HE WASwere murdered when he was kid and he works his way toward avenging their death in his teenage years This attracts the attention of the mobster father of his school friend who Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago leads him take on work carrying out periodic hits for money on despicable people that truly deserve killing His brutal defe Utterly ridiculous gratuitously violent highly improbable totally engrossingightening paced Why don t people write ike this. Clear to Peter that the clock is ticking for both of them He must do whatever it takes to keep him and his patient aliveIt's time to beat the reape.
review ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ñ Josh BazellEtails about the kind of medical things they never talk about on ER or House The story of Peter frantically trying to keep the mob patient from blabbing about his whereabouts while dealing with a stream of medical problems is intercut with flashbacks to the background of how Peter became a hitman and why he turned on the mob and entered witness protection I oved this book until the ending Everything was clicking right along but it s as if Bazell just decided that it was time to end the whole thing and he just threw on the brakes and wrapped everything up in just a few pages It was
Pretty Jarring And I Wish He Would Have Spent Somejarring and I wish he would have spent some on the resolution but this was still a great but gruesome crime novel with a medical twist This is one of the most uniue and entertaining novels I ve read in a Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago long time At the age of fourteen Pietro Brwna is orphaned for a second time when someone murders the grandparents who had raised him for much of hisife In school Pietro befriends the son of a mob awyer Davide Locano and the Locanos become his new surrogate family But Pietro
Is Determined To Huntdetermined to hunt and kill the cretins who murdered his grandparents With Locano s assistance he identifies the killers and dispatches themIt s apparent that Pietro has a talent for this sort of thing and he ultimately becomes a mob hitman When complications ensue as they often do in the hitman business Pietro bails out and enters the witness protection program Several years ater Dr Peter Brown is an intern at a New York hospital when a new patient recognizes him as Pietro and alerts the mob Now Dr Brown must deal with several medical emergencies while the mobsters converge on the hospital anxious to make Dr Brown himself a terminal caseThis is at once a hilarious and gut wrenching story Josh Bazell has a wicked sense of humor and as an MD himself he writes a tale in which the misadventures that occur in the hospital are perhaps even hair raising than the criminal activity that takes place outside of it Peter Brown is an inspired character unlike anyone you ve ever met in a novel before and he narrates a gripping story with a climax that has to be read to be believed Finishing the book though I came away with the feeling that I d rather take my chances against mob hitmen hunting for me as opposed to going into a hospital for even a minor proceedure When I started reading this I had the vague expectation that it was going to be some sort of urban fantasy It wasn t But that didn t keep me absolutely Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture loving it It s funny clever fast moving irreverent and horrifying in turns I highly recommend it Unless you re a hypochondriac If you are you should avoid itike the plague heh Hey fuckheadYep you the one with the track marks running down both arms trying to slide off into oblivion with the tilted head and the faraway expression
STARING AT THE SUN LIKE IT S SOME FOURat the sun One Touch of Scandal like it s some four monster ready to steal your dreams twitching for your next fixike some random dog Bulletproof Feathers left out in the rain tooong with a stutter stepping walk and attitude veering off from the rest of the universe Carson Pirie Scott: Louis Sullivan and the Chicago Department Store like a bad dream you might want to sit this one out otherwise you might have than just a fogged up brain on your hands You may want to study a medical chart and have your CT scanned and actually studyigaments and tendons and muscles and bones and maybe even pass an anatomy class although that might be too much to ask because you re about to get your ass kicked and you Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities 1580-1620 ll need to be able to piece yourself back togetherater with the doctor s help of course And frankly that s what you re going to need Chameleon Hours loads andoads of helpThe medical industry is encased in a shitstorm the ikes of which your coke snorting ass has never seen and it s about to get worse for you and your fellow fuckhead Americans And if you can stop being a worthless piece of horseshit for than one fucking minute you might actually have a prayer at making it in this world instead of ending up in some premature unmarked grave all by your onesome staring at the bottom of a coffin at the age of twenty two with your eyes wide openThe good news is you Chicago Neighborhoods and Suburbs: A Historical Guide ll die ofethal injection probably at the hands of some no name doctor when all you did was go and see the man about a head cold So at Citrus: A History least youl have that going for you Because if I really wanted to kill you Merges it Building the South Side: Urban Space and Civic Culture in Chicago, 1890-1919 looks increasingly unlikely that his secret will stay intact Nicholas LoBrutto aka Eddy Suillante is given three months toive and it's.