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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

Critic Reviews

"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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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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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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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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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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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!

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I just got sleepy

I was really not that happy with this one He wrote?
I fell asleep every time I started listening to it!!
That's just my feelings about it

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Self indulgent, overly verbose for me

I love Scott brick the narrator- which is why I picked the book- but it almost ruined him for me- maybe this just isn’t my genre but the noir parts as they describe them in the interviews afterward where the author described the city by smugly going into the theoretical details of the lives of the LA citizens—brutal! The plot overall was Ok- but most of the characters were overly stereotypical and just not really believable in my opinion. -I’d skip it but if you like verbose crime fiction- it might be your thing

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Scott Brick does a terrific read of Gregg Hurwitz

wonderfully entertaining book. I always enjoy this pairing. Gregg Hurwitz has offered, this time, a clever and funny writing. ...even more so than usual. A keeper. I will also listen again with others. maybe even one more time by myself.

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Unbelievably contrived

An imaginative story that was well written goes off the tracks about 90 per cent from the start and then leaves you with a sense of betrayal that all you read before was the author being cute and disingenuous.

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A true who done it!

This story is very different from Mr. Hurwitz' past writings.....it's suspenseful and intriguing. I enjoyed the characters and found Drew's situation and turmoil to be compelling and realistic. Can't wait to read more of Mr. Hurwitz' stories......I recommend The Crime Writer to anyone that enjoys a good mystery.