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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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    Angela M. Dokos Georgia 01-27-17
    Angela M. Dokos Georgia 01-27-17 Member Since 2013

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    "Awesome story"

    This book was fast paced. It keeps you guessing and has great characters. I really enjoyed it.

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    Michele A. Manting-Brewer 01-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful Alliteration at the end of Chapter 1"

    Although I enjoyed the book, the Description of LA at end of Chapter 1 was something special-and no I am not from LA. It was by far the best writing and performance of the entire book.

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    David Dunn 01-26-17
    David Dunn 01-26-17
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    "A great story and reader performance full of interest and surprises"

    I enjoyed listening to this audible book. I was surprised how my mind easily provided a movie of this story based on my and the writer's imaginations and the reader's voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eileen 01-24-17
    Eileen 01-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I thought based on reviews!"

    This book had some bad reviews, even so far as to say Scott Brick wasn't the right narrator! WHAT??? Let's start with Scott Brick could make reading the phone book sound gripping! He's awesome, always! Now to the book, it wasn't bad, I enjoyed it! Not Hurwitz best but still good! Scott Brick is great with character voices, the plot was thought out well and I was entertained! I recommend the book!

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    Sleeping in Cleveland Cleveland, OH 01-24-17
    Sleeping in Cleveland Cleveland, OH 01-24-17 Member Since 2015

    Love to get a book that I can't stop reading. I love page turners

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    "Okay book"

    Glad I bought it on sale. If it weren't for Scott Brick I may have given up on it. But it was worth finishing. I love anything Scott narrates

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    ShinobiChris 01-23-17
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    "Very engaging and well told story."

    Loved it. A very well-written mystery. The narrator performed in such a way as to compel me to try and finish the story in two sittings. I would happily purchase any additional works featuring the author and the narrator.

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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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    Amazon Customer 02-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another winner"

    loved it. Its slow starter but stay with it. One of my favorites. I can't wait for him to release another .

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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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