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'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.
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.
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...
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.
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