Thursday, September 24, 2009


Title: Beat the reaper

Author: Josh Bazell

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Copyright: 2009

ISBN: 978-0-316-03222-3

Series or stand-alone: Stand-alone

Setting: Manhattan, NY

1st Sentence:

So I'm on my way to work and I stop to watch a pigeon fight a rat in the snow, and some fuckhead tries to mug me!


This was a strange book and nearly a month later and I'm still at war with myself as to whether or not I truly liked it.

Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brwna, used to be a hitman for the mob. Killing people - bad people, lots of people. Then one day he went into the WITSEC program and emerged as Peter Brown, doctor. When a patient at the hospital recognizes him for who he once was, the race is stay alive.

Like I said, it was strange. I liked it, I didn't love it, I made it through it, but I'm not sure I'd put it on my top 10 or even top 25 list for the year.

Maybe I'll like the movie better.


Holly said...

THAT was an awesome first line!

Shannon said...

Hi Holly,
I agree. It is a great first sentence. My reservations were about the rest of the book. It definitely requires a great deal of suspension of disbelief. Usually I read first sentences before deciding to read a book and this one snagged me. I don't regret reading it; I just found it rather strange. If you read it, let me know what you think.