Monday, December 7, 2009

Telegraph: best crime books of 2009

At the Telegraph (U.K.), Jake Kerridge pronounces on the best crime books of the year.

One title to make the grade:
Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell (Heinemann, £12.99) is a black comedy in which a dying gangster demands that doctor Peter Brown keep him alive or he will reveal Brown’s whereabouts to some very dangerous characters: Brown, it turns out, is a former mafia hitman. This is the second funniest health care-based fiction to come out of the United States this year after the Republican Party’s descriptions of the NHS.
Read about the other 2009 crime books Kerridge likes.

Learn more about the book and Josh Bazell at the Beat the Reaper website.

The Page 69 Test: Beat the Reaper.

--Marshal Zeringue