We gave it a B-
Ostensibly a sequel to 2009’s best-selling Beat the Reaper, Bazell’s follow-up has a different location, cast, genre, and even protagonist’s name. Only the backstory serves as connective tissue between the two books. Mob hitman and M.D. Pietro Brwna, now called Lionel Azimuth, is hired by a reclusive billionaire to investigate claims ? of a cryptozoological monster inhabiting a Minnesota lake. Wild Thing walks, talks, and squawks like a crime thriller, but it makes casual passes at left-field absurdity that aim for Hiaasen or Vonnegut. The problem with the book is the same one that Azimuth has with his Minnesota Nessie: Is it the real deal or an artificial creation? Bazell is trying very hard to show you something that you haven’t seen before, and it’s often a fun, fast read. But it seems like more of ?a hoax than a genuine discovery. B?