Wild Thing by Josh Bazell

Wild Thing is the second book to feature former mob hit man and current emergency room doctor Peter Brown. Reading the many reviews for the book suggests that there is more than a little touch of the absurd about the storyline. But around the storyline Bazell builds a more intricate plot that makes socio-political comments that contain more than a little insight.

Book Details

Title: Wild Thing
Author: Josh Bazell
ISBN: 978-0-316-03129-3
Pages: 400 pp
Published Date: 2012
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Sub-Genre: Hardboiled
Main Characters: Dr Peter Brown


Publisher's Synopsis

It's hard to find work as a doctor 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 about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

Facing new and old monsters alike, Dr. Brnwa's story continues in this darkly funny and lightning-paced follow up to Josh Bazell's bestselling debut.

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Book Reviews

You will find reviews of Wild Thing at the following websites.

Amazon.com: "I adore completely bizarre stories and this one is above and beyond normal If you read the Dexter series, you have an inkling of what Peter is all about. He kills and he can save lives and his quick wit and intelligence is shown through out the book. The footnotes alone are worth the price of admission." Read the Amazon.com reviews here

A.V. Club: "Josh Bazell’s Wild Thing gives the hitman-in-witness-protection protagonist of his first novel, Beat The Reaper, time to contemplate that choice when it plops him down in urban-legend territory. There, the lull forces him to confront the subtler effects of his decade of paranoia." Read full review

I'm Booking It: "Wild Thing was slightly toned down from Beat the Reaper, in a way that worked well for me. It’s still very funny. It still has crazy adventure– chases, mysteries, multiple bad guys, and some really crazy stuff I didn’t expect." Read full review

The Coffin Factory: "Wild Thing is a super smart, socio-political, action-comedy-crime-thriller. Fuck genre. Wild Thing is The New Scientist magazine meets South Park meets Dennis Lehane, all set mostly in northern Minnesota and the Boundary Waters along the Canadian border." Read full review here

Rhapsody In Books: "So what if it is an amalgam of a thriller and a political disquisition? Books don’t have to fit into easily classified genres. Besides, as a thriller, this one is only average at best. It needs Bazell’s quirky footnotes and asides to be entertaining. " Read full review here

The entire Josh Bazell back catalog can be found on the Josh Bazell page