Josh Bazell

Josh Bazell is a doctor and novelist. BEAT THE REAPER, his first novel, was published in 2009 and was a New York Times bestseller, a #1 Indie Next Pick, and one of Time's 10 Best Books of the Year. Its sequel, WILD THING, was equally acclaimed. Bazell has a BA in writing from Brown University, where he was awarded the Clarkson-Collins Prize in American Marine History, and an MD from Columbia University. He has worked as a screenwriter and, while in medical school, investigated suspicious deaths for the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York. He is currently finishing his medical residency and writing his third novel featuring Pietro Brnwa.

HBO is currently developing BEAT THE REAPER into a TV series, with Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way attached to produce.

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Beat The Reaper

A New York Times Bestseller

San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

#1 Indie Next List Great Read (January 2009)

2009 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Pick

"Josh Bazell is an unusually talented writer." - New York Times Book Review

"A hypochondriac's nightmare but a reader's dream." - Washington Post

"Electrifyingly hilarious in that Elmore Leonard way." - Time

"A breakneck cross between a hospital drama, 'The Godfather' and a Quentin Tarantino film." -

"BEAT THE REAPER is an exhilarating story, shark tank and all. Read this book for the excitable 17-year-old boy in you. He'll thank you for it." - Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Bazell's profane, hyperactive novel is readable and fun, and no fan of shoot-'em-ups or medical dramas can afford to miss it. Among the book's highlights is a riotous set of doctor's rounds that find Brown making out with a cancer patient, chasing down a wheelchair-bound fugitive and suffering a particularly vile needle stick... A wildly funny mashup between genres that makes ER and St. Elsewhere look tame." - Kirkus Reviews

"Making a hit man turned medical intern a sympathetic figure would be a tall order for most authors, but first-time novelist Bazell makes it look easy in this breezy and darkly comic suspense novel... The hero's wry narrative voice, coupled with Bazell's artful use of flashbacks to sustain tension and fill in Pietro's past, are a winning combination." - Publishers Weekly

"First-novelist and medical resident Bazell appears to have had as much fun writing this fast-paced, absorbing entertainment (complete with romantic subplot) as many will reading it. A remarkably accomplished debut." - Booklist

"Grab your stocking money and run, don't walk, to pick up Josh Bazell's BEAT THE REAPER. This is first rate entertainment, and a satisfying fantasy for all you Clooney fans who wish Doug Ross had a bit more Seth Gecko in him." - BookSlut

Learn more at the BEAT THE REAPER website.

Wild Thing

Lev Grossman, Time: "These are hard-boiled thrillers, written in one of the most distinctively entertaining new fictional voices I've run across in years, in any genre. There is a massive density of information in this book . . . but Bazell wields it with wonderful lightness. Reading him is like being able to monopolize the attention of the most interesting person at a party . . . It's so rare that you see a really brilliant writer who is committed, 100%, in every sentence, to giving you a good time. Bazell is, and he does."

Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review: "Insanely funny . . . the work of a crackpot genius."

Washington Post: "A rousing, fast-paced sequel . . . Bazell's mix of violent lunacy and social commentary should appeal to fans of Carl Hiaasen . . . The novel is packed with witty footnotes, and when Brnwa isn't lusting after the paleontologist, he's a profanely trenchant social observer."

San Francisco Chronicle: "Bazell's inventiveness and a series of plot twists ensure that WILD THING never lets up . . . For suspense, the monster plot sinks its claws in, blending the best of 'Jaws' with the comic sense of your favorite episode of 'Scooby-Doo.' At its heart, this book is wildly fun."

Publishers Weekly (starred review): "Carl Hiaasen fans will relish Bazell's frenetic sequel to 2009's BEAT THE REAPER . . . Bazell expertly blends action, farce, and political satire, and his wide-ranging imagination bodes well for the future of the series."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "BEAT THE REAPER was a sick, funny thrill ride, and in Dr. Bazell's sequel, WILD THING, it's no less so…Dr. Bazell can turn a pulp-fictionish phrase with the best of them, and our protagonist's observations dust pop-culture references over truly interesting factoids."

Seattle Times: "Audacious and unpredictable . . . you're in for one scurrilously funny and seriously odd trip."

Kansas Wichita Eagle: "In this sequel to his best-seller, BEAT THE REAPER, Bazell once again applies his keen eye for irony and hypocrisy to murder, corruption, insanity, and the occasional lake monster. Fast-paced, violent, and hilarious, WILD THING confirms Bazell's reputation as one of the most unforgettable voices in crime writing."

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