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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 01-19-09
    Robin Charleston Chicago, IL USA 01-19-09 Member Since 2007

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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.

    4 of 5 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...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin Hutchinson, MN, USA 07-26-08
    Benjamin Hutchinson, MN, USA 07-26-08 Member Since 2006
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    "amazing"

    I'm halfway through, so far its amazing.

    Even Scott Brick can't ruin this one.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    common reader 12-27-07
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    "Disappointed"

    After enjoying "Program", I was looking forward to Hurwitz' new book. I was disappointed by: the narrator, who while changing voices, never changed his tone. The plot made no sense- it seemed to be several different stories jumbled together to try to make a book. What suspense? I was disappointed by the protagonist- boring, whining, stubborn, stupid. The listener never really cares what happens to him. The ancillary characters and their subplots were far more interesting: the family of a murdered woman; the social worker running a halfway house; the troubled youngster; the police detectives; the book publisher; the ex-ballplayer and his family; and the "guard" dog. All of these characters' stories would have been far more interesting than the protagonist's story- the main plot. That plot was fantastical- the resolution was based on the mindset and action of the protaginist's ex-girlfriend. There was never any explanation or basis for her actions.

    I will think twice before listening to another book by this author, or read by this narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Columbus, IN, United States 10-19-08
    Tina Columbus, IN, United States 10-19-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Throughly enjoyed the book! Wish I could listen to it for the first time all over again!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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