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The Crime Writer Paperback – June 24, 2008
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So with that said, as my first entry into Hurwitz, clearly a talented writer, I felt that this book coasted in 3rd gear pretty much throughout.
With a terrific opening chapter and overall creative premise, and some wonderful heartfelt relationship scenes (e.g. Caroline and Junior) I kept waiting for it to blast off - yet it never did. I wish there was a stronger momentum building toward the climax.
It's a solid effort; I wouldn't consider it a boneafide page-turner, but I would read Hurwitz again -
To his horror, Danner learns that he was found in the midst of a crippling seizure, covered in blood and huddled over the corpse of his former fiancée. Despite the holes in his memory caused by the tumor, Danner is convinced he didn't kill her.
He sets out to prove his innocence, using the skills for research and the expert connections that made him a success as a novelist. When Danner is accused of a second murder, his quest to clear his name takes on life-or-death importance.
Hurwitz has written one of the stand-out books of the summer, combining great writing, memorable characters and white-knuckle suspense. He's also crafted a story that uses the city of Los Angeles to beautiful effect. THE CRIME WRITER is not just the best novel this author has written; it would take top rank on many authors' resumes.
Although it took me a few chapters to get into the story (it's told in alternating real-time and past-tense chapters), this was one thriller that grabs on and never lets go.
I've read other Gregg Hurwitz titles, but THE CRIME WRITER is the first one that had me reading late into the night just to see what happened next. This is one read that definitely keeps you on your toes, and questions everything you think you know about what has happened or what's going to happen.
Highly recommended -- this one's a winner!
I have to admit, I was intrigued by the title and the premise. The title alone is provocative to me because I love whodunits and tough guy private eyes. In the novel, Andrew Danner wakes up in the hospital after undergoing an emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor. As a result, he doesn't remember the last few hours of his conscious life.
The police are waiting in his hospital room and Danner quickly discovers that they believe he killed his ex-fiancé in a fit of rage. Danner knows he wasn't happy about the split, but he's also pretty sure that he wouldn't kill anyone. Except that there's that whole question of that pesky tumor and the mystery of why he was over at his ex-fiancé's house that night anyway.
Danner, like Hurwitz, is a bestselling crime writer, and he can't let those mysteries go unsolved. Despite his release after his murder trial, he finds his life irrevocably turned upside down. He feels he has no choice except to figure out what truly happened the night his ex-fiancé was murdered.
However, before he can get deep into his own investigation, Danner is arrested again. Another woman has been found murdered, and the clues at the murder scene once more point to the crime writer.
Reviews over this novel seem to be mixed, and I think that's fair. Hurwitz takes liberties with his plot and the whole noir flavor of the story. If you take time to think about the various complexities of the plot, and how things fall neatly into place, you'll find that sometimes they do grind against each other.Read more ›
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