BEAT THE REAPER is Josh Bazell’s debut medical/mob thriller. His anti-hero calls himself Dr. Peter Brown in his present incarnation. He is an intern at one of New York City’s worst hospitals, Manhattan Christian. As he narrates the story, he moves back and forth in time using his backstory, which puts his present life in context. One early morning on his rounds, he is assigned a new patient, Nicholas LoBrutto, aka Eddy Squillante, a mobster.
As soon he lays eyes on Dr. Brown, he recognizes him and screams that “Bearclaw” is there to kill him. Obviously the intern has some kind of mob connections and until now has done a good job of hiding them. Squill