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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (613 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gregg Hurwitz Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A crime writer finds himself entangled in his own gruesome mystery in this fast-paced psychological thriller.

Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off LA’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-fiancée’s body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn’t know whether he is guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the facts, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and of 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Outstanding in every way. Hurwitz’s previous books—great as they were—look like practice swings before this titanic blast.”

    Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “It’d be so simple to say that The Crime Writer toys and pokes and jabs with the genre. And of course it does. But by merging author and hero, Hurwitz sharpens a brand-new edge in his voice. An elegant, engaging, and wonderfully human book.”

    Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • The Crime Writer is the must-read crime novel of the year. Brilliantly rendered with hip intelligence and fierce originality, this book is a stunner. Gregg Hurwitz may well have created a brand name franchise and deservedly so.”

    Robert Crais, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “With The Crime Writer, Gregg Hurwitz has taken a quantum leap forward in the realm of American suspense literature. A thrilling, mind-bending journey, it is also deeply humane and beautifully written. You’ll turn the final page with profound regret.”

    Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author

  • “An intimate, tension-filled story that starts strong and grows to a smashing finish.”

    Newsday

  • “Hurwitz’s intelligent, skillfully plotted thriller, with its clever mystery and undercurrent of menace, is a gripping read.”

    Telegraph (London)

  • “Hurwitz’s intelligent, skillfully plotted thriller, with its clever mystery and undercurrent of menace, is a gripping read.”

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • The Crime Writer unfolds like a modern film noir…Hurwitz is a tight and quick-moving writer. He is at his best while describing Drew’s Los Angeles, with all its gaudiness and hype.”

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • “[An] intimate, tension-filled story that starts strong and grows to a smashing finish…A hero truly worth rooting for.”

    South Florida Sun-Sentinel

  • “Hurwitz’s carefully interwoven plotlines and taut writing—as well as his pulsing descriptions of Los Angeles—make for a deeply satisfying read, and the ending, revealed with masterful simplicity, shows the complex desires that make each of us capable of murder. A performance worthy of applause.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An exhilarating tale…the first part of this exciting thriller may be the best opening ploy in the mystery genre this year.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Gregg Hurwitz has written seven previous novels and has consistently produced work of exceptional quality, The Crime Writer perhaps being the pinnacle of that output thus far…One of my favorite reads of the year.”

    JanuaryMagazine.com

  • “Hurwitz’s L.A. thriller has noir pulp chutzpah in spades…The fast pace and ingenious setup provide considerable tension.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Danner’s anguish is compellingly described, and the plot has more twists and turns than Mulholland Drive. At least half a dozen characters are vividly drawn, and nearly all are like Danner—struggling to recover from some tragic and life-altering event. 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

  • “An exhilarating tale…the first part of this exciting thriller may be the best opening ploy in the mystery genre this year.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • Finalist for the 2008 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel
  • Shortlisted for the 2008 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
  • A 2007 Library Journal Best Book for Thrillers
  • A 2007 January Magazine Best Book for Crime Fiction
  • A Book Sense Pick for August2007
  • A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Britney Finch | 2/8/2014

    " Good book. It was a fast read and I liked the main character. And I never expected it to end like it did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marielle | 1/29/2014

    " Spannend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judy | 1/26/2014

    " A story with a difference. The main character in the book is an author and he's trying to find out if he's a murderer or not. I enjoyed the storyline but I must admit that I skimmed some paragraphs where I became bored with descriptions that I didn't feel were relevant. I loved the outcome! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kendall | 1/24/2014

    " Wonderful writing, a crime writer trying to solve a murder he committed after suffering a seizure due to a brain tumor, but too much to swallow by one plot element. Excellent LA travelogue, witty dialogue, certainly a page turner, just lacking plausibility. "

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