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The Crime Writer | [Gregg Hurwitz]

The Crime Writer

Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.
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Publisher's Summary

Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Susan Key Largo, FL, United States 04-03-08
    Susan Key Largo, FL, United States 04-03-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Excting new writer"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lu Johns Creek, GA, United States 11-25-07
    Lu Johns Creek, GA, United States 11-25-07 Member Since 2001
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    "One of the best this year"

    This was a terrific book. The author did an excellent job developing the characters and the storyline was unique. He added just the right amount of humor and humility. This is definitely one of the best books I've listened to in a long time. Scott Brick was awesome as usual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolann 11-24-07
    Carolann 11-24-07

    I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !

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    "The Crime Writer"

    One of the best listens on audible I've ever heard. And Scott Brick is at his best .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda MADRAS, OR, USA 04-01-08
    Melinda MADRAS, OR, USA 04-01-08
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    "underwhelmed"

    i found this book to be a difficult read. i thought the narration was tedious and the story very implausible and boring. would not recommend.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    J. A. Katz 12-02-07
    J. A. Katz 12-02-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Wow!! Get this one!"

    Fantastic suspense! Wonderful writing and character development. The ending will not disappoint! Great twists.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-17-12
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining, albeit unbelievable"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda Worcester, MA, USA 12-24-08
    Rhonda Worcester, MA, USA 12-24-08
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    "depressing, bad narration"

    This book is depressing even for a crime thriller, the main character just went thud for me despite Scott Brick (and I usually like Brick a lot) and his OVER-narration; he just goes way too far here, it is performance art gone crazy. Unless you love the writer, and even if you do, THINK TWICE.

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    Markie Ross North Hollywood CA 12-30-07
    Markie Ross North Hollywood CA 12-30-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Narration got in my way"

    this is the kind of book I usually get into right away. It is written in a compfortable and well know area for noir thrillers--LA.
    And I think the author had a compelling story here but it is comletely undone for me by the ever-overwrought reading of Scott Brick. I wish Mr. Brick could learn to just say things like a normal person, not a man under extreme stress every second of his life.I cannot sustain interest when so much at stake ALL of the time, even small things. Mr. Brick can do the occasional brilliant personification of a character, so I realize he has talent, but I wish he wouldn't feel it neccessary to show-boat all the time.
    This may be my last Scott Brick book for a while. Too bad, he read a lot of good ones.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Sytnik 04-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "I just got sleepy"

    I was really not that happy with this one He wrote?
    I fell asleep every time I started listening to it!!
    That's just my feelings about it

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    MamaSuess 08-22-14
    MamaSuess 08-22-14

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    "My go-to-book when bored"

    This book has been a very enjoyable listen every time I hear it. If I'm bored or can't find any new books to buy that sparks my interest, "The Crime Writter" is one of the top 20 books I turn to as a dependable, interesting listen.

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