Sep 15, 2009
Gruesome and funny
Apparently, gruesomely funny IS my thing - like the recent Tarantino film I loved. Beat the Reaper is a compulsive read. It's all about an ex-mafia hitman living under witness protection as a doctor. His view of the medical world is biting and unsympathetic. His view of the mob is worse.
You get to follow the doctor through a day when he's spotted by an old colleague who has terminal cancer. The colleague threatens to out him to the mob if he dies. Bring on the drama. And the violence. And the gore (my god the gore!). This one left me a bit queasy at the end but only in the best way.
This book also uses footnotes in extra entertaining ways. I am a complete sucker for entertaining footnotes. It gets a 7.5 outta 10.