Beat The Reaper by Josh Bazell
Available: January 2009
Here's the intro letter from Reagen Arthur that says exactly what I think, only better:
When everyone at Little, Brown first started reading and talking about Beat the Reaper, the same thing kept coming up: when was the last time you had this much fun reading a book? I mean outrageous, audacious, I-can't-believe-he-just-said-that fun. It's a thriller -- with footnotes! Footnotes that are as funny and entertaining as the text!
It's got a complicated, sympathetic good guy, very scary bad guys, and a break neck pace that if it ever pauses to draw a breath, uses the next breath to jump into a shark tank. It's got good advice should you ever consider getting your tongue pierced --DON'T-- or if you've ever wondered about alternative uses for your own shinbone.
Josh Bazell is a doctor and it turns out that he's also a writer, a natural born storyteller whose brilliant and exuberant first novel I hope you will love as much as I do.
Pink Octupus rating: Eight Tentacles Up!