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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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    Kris Rarig 09-29-16
    Kris Rarig 09-29-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Holy Cow this book is bad!"
    What disappointed you about The Crime Writer?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Maybe he hated the story too.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Angela and Junior and Xena. Preston is supremely annoying!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Shuffler Tallahassee, FL 09-12-16
    L. Shuffler Tallahassee, FL 09-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Twists and Turns"

    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.

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    R. Gatling 08-27-16
    R. Gatling 08-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointingly overwritten"

    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.

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    Kevspark76 08-04-16
    Kevspark76 08-04-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story line"

    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.

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

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    "One of My Top 10 Favorite Books out of 1000!"

    EXCELLENT "Who Done It". Well written and will keep you guessing. A book worth the full price or credit!

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    D. Felicia Valente Moore, OK 02-17-14
    D. Felicia Valente Moore, OK 02-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "NOT his best!"
    Would you try another book from Gregg Hurwitz and/or Scott Brick?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by Gregg Hurwitz before, how does this one compare?

    With the other books being 9s, this would rate about a 4.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very slow.


    Was The Crime Writer worth the listening time?

    No. I'm actually a little over 1/2 way through and will probably just give up.


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    Sharon United States 05-27-13
    Sharon United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hurwitz does it again!"

    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!

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    Susan bayonne, NJ, United States 08-16-11
    Susan bayonne, NJ, United States 08-16-11
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    "A TRULY ENJOYABLE READ"

    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

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    rosemary caledonia, WI, United States 08-22-10
    rosemary caledonia, WI, United States 08-22-10 Member Since 2010
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    "the crime writer"

    excellent,gripping listen will be looking for more by this author

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    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 08-26-09
    Michele Santa Clarita, CA, United States 08-26-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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