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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: July 2007 ISBN: 9781482977103
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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

  • A 2007 January Magazine Best Book for Crime Fiction
  • A Book Sense Pick for August2007
  • A Book-of-the-Month Club Selection
  • 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

Listener Opinions

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

    " Spannend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 1/18/2014

    " Started slow for me but is a very good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Poindexter | 1/16/2014

    " This is a great book! I could not put it down and finished it in 4 hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rock | 1/11/2014

    " Would rate this 3.5 if I could. Enjoyable, but I can't justify 4 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy Kaehler | 1/6/2014

    " An everyday guy who gets stuck in a scene he'd find hard to dream up. Terrifying to put yourself in his shoes, but great to take the journey to the end with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 1/1/2014

    " I know I read this, but it didn't stick with me in any way...reviews and descriptions bring it back a bit...enough to know I read this (as well as a note to myself that I did, in fact, read this a few years ago). I might have liked it more, but here's the thing...I can't remember exactly how it ended. Nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scarlett | 12/13/2013

    " I adore Gregg Hurwitz. He is an absolute master of creating vivid suspense stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randomboredom | 11/23/2013

    " Entertaing, a few interesting turns and tricks. I found the characters likeable. It was an easy but good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 10/16/2013

    " This was ok, likeable enough lead character, typical los angeles setting type mystery. Wouldnt come close to a michael connelly novel, but easy to get through quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jp | 6/24/2013

    " I had never heard of Gregg Hurwitz before, but after reading this I'm going to look through the rest of his catalog. It was a solid mystery that kept the reader guessing as we rushed along with the protagonist in his attempts to exonerate himself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 6/6/2013

    " Details and advive about writing crime fiction. Addresses character, motve, and plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 3/29/2013

    " Another well crafted thriller. Again with violence and language. Characterization is well-done. I was engaged all the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 12/24/2012

    " I was on an adrenaline high reading this book. Hurwitz kept me intrigued throughout. Great crime/mystery/thriller book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kelly | 12/22/2012

    " was quite good, very easy to read, even if was a bit stupid in parts "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony | 11/17/2012

    " He writes an interesting yarn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 9/15/2012

    " I thought it started off really boring. I kept reading because I thought it would get better. I was wrong. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 8/23/2012

    " ZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb Mjaatvedt | 6/27/2012

    " Started out a bit slowly, but really gained momentum, especially following the introduction of Junior. I very much enjoy this author's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roxie | 6/23/2012

    " Awesome reads....keeps the pages turning "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Treanor | 4/23/2012

    " Had me hooked from start to finish. Excellent stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 10/2/2011

    " A clever conceit that actually comes off with wit and style - a refreshing and legitimately new twist on the genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 8/29/2011

    " Ok. Bit to reminiscent of Harlan Coben, but ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/5/2011

    " So Len brought this home to me and I thought it might be kind of trashy, but it's like a meta-crime novel, a novel of the fantastic, in which to solve the crime he has to write the story. It's way fun. I do not vouch for anything else he's written, as this appears to be a major departure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maria | 3/5/2011

    " I sooo want to read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mike | 1/30/2011

    " I thought it started off really boring. I kept reading because I thought it would get better. I was wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendall | 1/20/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/11/2011

    " I'll be looking at getting other works by this author. I really enjoyed his writing style; he made me laugh out loud several times, much like Robert B. Parker does. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walter | 12/30/2010

    " Usually books with a writer as the protagonist scare me off. I’m not a fan of investigative reporters etc.
    This book rang true. A mystery writer accused of murder. Great plotting good characters. What’s not to like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 12/29/2010

    " This is a great book! I could not put it down and finished it in 4 hours.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chuck | 5/26/2010

    " A Las Angeles novelist is accused of murdering his ex finance. He is acquitted on an insanity plea due to a brain tumor. After the tumor is removed he is a free man. He then begins his own investigation into her murder. It's a pretty good story though it has some unlikely occurrences.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skip | 4/3/2010

    " Good psychological thriller, where Drew Danner (a crime writer) awakens with his murdered ex-girlfriend's bllod all over him and no memory of what happened. He works diligently to remember and solve the mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 3/23/2010

    " Overall, very well done but I had the killer down to three early on, then down to one before the end with only the motive to determine. The novel would have been stronger without the charaters of Caroline and Junior, who were colorful, but in a way wrong for novels and more fitting for movies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 2/11/2010

    " book on t ape.
    very good in the car. gripping.
    great ending. fooled me.
    Drew danner crime novelist and brain tumor.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 1/21/2010

    " All I can say is WOW. This book was so intence. Totally through me for a loop. Did not expect that ending. WOW!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/3/2010

    " Good book, easy read. "

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About the Author
Author Gregg Hurwitz

Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of Orphan X, You’re Next, and The Program, among others. His books have been nominated for numerous awards, short-listed for best novel of the year by International Thriller Writers, nominated for CWA’s Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, chosen as feature selections for all four major literary book clubs, honored as Book Sense picks, and translated into twenty languages. In addition to writing novels, Hurwitz also writes comics for DC and was a consulting producer on ABC’s television series V. He holds a BA in English and psychology from Harvard and a master’s degree from Trinity College, Oxford. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.