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)
I have read several others and loved them so I was excited to start a new one.This one is just so bad. WAYYYYYY too much description, I mean it must have been 20 minutes about LA. And the narrator, who I really like, was terrible. The character is so whiny. And the writing of his story was annoying when I had to re-listen to what I'd already read.
I haven't finished, I will finish because I'm on a trip and I don't have another book yet, and I'm mildly curious about the story, but I just wanted to warn Gregg Hurwitz/Scott Brick fans to be cautious of this one. Ugh.
Maybe he hated the story too.
Angela and Junior and Xena. Preston is supremely annoying!
Overall I liked this book but I am not crazy about the reader. He is overly dramatic when he doesn't need to be. If find sometimes that I'd be listening more to how he was delivering dialog (with a little irritation) than to what he was saying and would have to rewind to listen again.
I think I also don't like so many novels making the police dumb, mean and purposefully obtuse. Like no matter how many times Drew asks for a lawyer he never gets one. I'd have been more satisfied in this book if at the end Drew won a lawsuit against the police to explain their misconduct.
But all that said it was a darn good yarn and I never saw the ending coming.
I enjoy a good Raymond Chandler-esque style story, but this book is so packed with descriptives, the story itself is completely overpowered. I gave up before I even finished the first chapter exhausted from trying to follow the endless thread of unnecessary adjectives and metaphors.
I enjoyed the mystery and the suspense this story provided. it was also quite funny at times. I couldn't figure out "who dun it" so it kept me listening. If you like crime fiction you'll like this one.
I've read two of Gregg Hurwitz's books and liked them very much so I didn't hesitate to snatch this one up. I just want him to get on with the story. Too much rambling, not enough action and I'm doubting I will ever finish listening to it.
With the other books being 9s, this would rate about a 4.
Yes, very slow.
No. I'm actually a little over 1/2 way through and will probably just give up.
This was my third book by Hurwitz. The Crime Writer keeps you guessing until the end, and it doesn't hurt that it is narrated by Scott Brick! I listen to several books a week; mostly thriller/mysteries, and I really enjoyed this one!
EASY TO LISTEN TO ENGROSSING STORY WITH A WITH A CHARICTER YOU CANT HELP BUT LIKE, RELATE TO ,AND ROUTE FOR ,THE NARATION TOLD IN FIRST PERSON IS FABOULOUS
Scott Brick did a good job on the narration, maintaining the noir vibe. However, Gregg Hurwitz's story was thin...ultimately unsatisfying. Too much time spent describing LA and very little time spent developing a richer story.
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