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The Crime Writer (2007)

by Gregg Hurwitz

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Reading anything I can get my hands on by Gregg Hurwitz. Unfortunately some of his early stuff, like this one, shows the growing pains that he went through to get where he is now. Still some great humor and lines. Just not one of his best. ( )
  she_climber | Jan 7, 2016 |
The story for this book follows a plot that is not that uncommon for a mystery. Drew Danner wakes up in a hospital after being found unconscious lying over a murdered woman's body. Her blood is under his finger nails and, by the way, she happens to be his ex-fiance. The twist to Gregg Hurwitz's The Crime Writer is that Drew is a famous mystery author and the events surrounding him begin to sound like a mystery that he himself has written. Is he guilty or innocent? Even Drew is not sure.

Definitely a fast paced and fun listen. I had a hard time putting this one down. ( )
  jmoncton | Jun 3, 2013 |
This is a fantastic modern take on an old-fashioned LA noir. Drew is a writer of best-selling thrillers, one of which was even made into a very bad movie. He wakes up in a hospital bed with stitches in his scalp and no memory of the preceding day. He may or may not have murdered his ex-fiance.

The Crime Writer used as many worn-out plot standards as possible and manages to both wink with the reader and to make those same contrivances fresh and interesting. It helps that Hurwitz created a fantastic protagonist, charming and believable. ( )
  RidgewayGirl | Feb 27, 2012 |
Gregg's best published book to date. The character development, the plotting, the ambience -- all of it pulls together so tightly, so smoothly. I want to meet that character again. Will we get the opportunity? ( )
  lindasuebrown | Mar 17, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0143113445, Paperback)

Drew Danner , an L.A.-based crime novelist, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head, blood under his nails, and a cop by his side. Accused of murdering his ex-fiancée, Drew has no memory of the crime but reconstructs the story the only way he knows how—as a novel. As he searches the dark corridors of his life and the city he loves, another young woman is similarly murdered and Drew must confront the very real possibility of his own guilt. A thrilling piece of contemporary L.A. noir, The Crime Writer is sure to boost Hurwitz’s profile as one of the coming masters of the genre.

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Awakening in a hospital with a scar on his head and no memory of being found holding a knife over his ex-fiancee's murdered body, crime novelist Drew Danner struggles to reconstruct clues to determine his own guilt or innocence.

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