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The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz

The Crime WriterThe Crime Writer. Finished 12-1-14, thriller, pub. 2007

Unabridged audio read by Scott Brick. 9 hours, 50 minutes

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- fiancée’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. Beautifully crafted and heartbreakingly told, The Crime Writer confronts our inherent fear of what we might truly be capable of—good or evil.

from Goodreads

I am not a fan of amnesia stories but this one was different since it involved a convenient brain tumor, one that appeared in a jar on a counter just a few pages into the book.  Drew goes on trial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, but this isn’t a courtroom thriller.  Drew doesn’t know if he killed her, but he thinks he could have and sets out to prove his innocence for his own peace of mind.  Along the way the isolated writer makes a few new friends and relies on some old ones as he is pegged for another murder.

I really liked this Los Angeles noir thriller.  Drew was an unreliable narrator because of his memory loss and I could never quite rule him out as a killer.  Was he?  I think it’s worth a read to find out 🙂

I think the perfect narration by Scott Brick helped create Drew for me and his gravelly voice gave the story the bleakness and urgency it needed.

I think this will appeal to fans of noir, unreliable narrators, books about writers and Los Angeles.  I’ll definitely be reading more books by Hurwitz.

December 19, 2014 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books |

7 Comments »

  1. I recently tried his latest, Don’t Look Back, and didn’t like it. But I’ve seen several very favorable reviews of The Crime Writer. I don’t know if it’s enough to get me back to him, but at least it’s a possibility now.

    Comment by Lloyd Russell | December 19, 2014 | Reply

  2. I enjoy Gregg Hurwitz books, having read several, but some more than others. He does write dark plots, crime noir stories. You have to be in the mood to enjoy them. Thanks for a good review.

    Comment by R Hunt | December 19, 2014 | Reply

  3. Amnesia seemed to be a trend there for a little while. I do love unreliable narrators so would like to try this book.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | December 19, 2014 | Reply

  4. I like noir and unreliable narrators…amnesia is getting old but I wouldn’t rule it out. I might like this one.

    Comment by sandynawrot | December 20, 2014 | Reply

  5. I haven’t seen this book before. It sounds interesting!

    Comment by Vicki | December 22, 2014 | Reply

  6. I love Scott Brick’s narration. I am a big fan of Gregg’s books, but not sure if I read this one or not.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | December 22, 2014 | Reply

  7. This does sound good! I enjoy crime fiction set in Los Angeles. It’s not exactly home, but it’s close enough I’m familiar with the area.

    Comment by Literary Feline | December 24, 2014 | Reply


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