Who could forget Bazell’s debut in Beat the Reaper? Now he’s back, and the Boundary Waters area of Minnesota, the isolated White Lake, may give up some secrets in Wild Thing (Little Brown $26)
The same take-no-prisoners approach to plot that grabbed readers in FMC Pick Beat the Reaper ($15) is on display once again. The opening scene in the White Lake waters is….gulp. The we segue to a cruise ship where our doc now faces the reality of poor supplies and a sort of jack-of-all-trades approach to medicine (and dentistry!) for the crew. He already knows how hard it is to find work when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world’s worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are going to be problems….
Josh Bazell has a BA in English literature and writing from Brown University and an MD from Columbia. Currently a resident at the University of California, San Francisco, he wrote Beat the Reaper while completing his internship at a hospital not at all like the one described in the book. Visit him online at joshbazell.com