There’s nothing like a killer with ethics! Dr. Peter Brown, formerly mafia hitman, Pietro “Bearclaw” Brnwa, is in the witness protection program and interning at a Manhattan Hospital when he is recognized by a former acquaintance from the mob. The day hasn’t started well and it spirals downward from there. His evolution from normal human being into hitman is revealed in alternating passages with his present day chaotic actions as a doctor and a man trying desperately to stay alive.
Beat the Reaper is equal parts TV’s “House” and “The Sopranos,” with a bit of “Jaws” thrown in for good measure.
The action is over-the-top, the humor is dark, and has a habit of catching you unaware, and the language is pretty rough. But, if you’re sick of the same old thriller plots and devices, I prescribe that you get some rest, drink plenty of fluids and read a couple “hyperactive” chapters of “Beat the Reaper.”
If that doesn’t get your epinephrine and acetylcholine racing, you’d better call your doctor in the morning to make sure you have a heartbeat.
I listened to the audio and the narrator, Robert Petkoff, was excellent.