To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves. Soon Drew closes in on clues he may or may not have left for himself. And as another young woman is similarly murdered, he has to ask difficult questions - not of others but of himself.
©2007 Gregg Hurwitz; (P)2007 BBC Audiobooks America
"Hurwitz's L.A. thriller has noir pulp chutzpah in spades." (Publishers Weekly)
"Hurwitz's insights about L.A. life sound knowing and are often ruefully funny, e.g., 'L.A., where a porn star runs for governor and an action figure wins.' Crime fans looking for something different will love this one." (Booklist)
This was incredibly enjoyable. Great plot, interesting characters and superb Chandler-esque writing. S Brick, as always does a fabulous job of narration.
A complete joy to listen to from start to finish. As cliched as it might sound, I was hoping the book would never end. One of the best crime-mystery-detective diversions I have heard in a while.
Mr Hurwitz has now joined Michael Conelly, James Lee Burke, and Vince Flynn as one of my favorite writers. Even though I had a good idea of who the killer was about midway through the book Hurwitz threw so many curve balls at me that I still very surprised and pleased with the ending. This book is definitely worth buying.
Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?
This was a fun book to listen to and try to figure out what really happened. It's also funny at times. But it's ultimately too bizarre to believe. So I give 3 stars for keeping me guessing and it's great characters.
I like Scott Brick most of the time, but his style seemed way to intense and excitable at times. This particular effort was disappointing.
This was so bad that I couldn't even make it through an hour of listening. I gave up when I got to the heavy-handed stereotyping of the African American ex-athlete and his family, which was exacerbated by the reader's weird attempt at dialect. This is the first audio book that seemed like a total waste of money to me. Truly, truly awful.
I like Gregg Hurwitz. He comes up with the most unbelievable plots...but keeps you entertained and hooked. Scott Brick helps sustain the momentum. At the end, yes, the explanation for the mystery proves to be a tad too farfetched, but I don't care. I will keep listening to his novels.
A story with a well thought out plot but marred throughout with overwrought dialogue (both spoken and internalized) and ridiculous simile. A good editing could have helped for the author never lets a chance to describe in fifty words what he can describe in two hundred.
Sparse writing is the hallmark of good noir...
I enjoyed every minute of this story -the way the story was revealed, the way the reader never knows more than the main character, I immensely enjoyed the witty dialogue and turns of phrase. I am please to discover this new writer. I did not enjoy the narrator so much, if found him shrill and annoying; not enough texture to his performance.
Positives: Interesting story, held my attention through most parts, believeable ending. good narration but like the smooth style of Scott Brick.
Negatives: several passages where his editor should have done his job and made the descriptive passages more succinct. They added little to the storyline and tended to bog the story down.
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