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The Crime Writer Audiobook

The Crime Writer

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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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    Miriam Apple Valley, MN, USA 11-26-07
    Miriam Apple Valley, MN, USA 11-26-07
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    "Fantastic!"

    One of the best books I have listened to or read in many years!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    11-03-07
    11-03-07
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    "Excelent, Excellent, Excellent"

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Kelbey Clovis, NM, United States 10-19-07
    Kelbey Clovis, NM, United States 10-19-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent"

    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.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-30-14
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2015

    Dept Q, Harry Hole... where are you?

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    "A solid whodunit."

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 01-19-09
    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 01-19-09 Member Since 2007

    avid reader

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    "Bad Choice"

    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.

    9 of 11 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 2017
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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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Morinville, AB, Canada 10-07-07
    Jennifer Morinville, AB, Canada 10-07-07 Member Since 2004
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    "Excellent Book"

    A thoroughly enjoyable book. Full of great characters and very suspenseful.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Harry B Eugene, OR, USA 01-15-08
    Harry B Eugene, OR, USA 01-15-08
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    "Good plot - Bad prose"

    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...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Grass 01-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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