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The Crime Writer

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,148 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
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-fiancee'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 ...more
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Published June 29th 2010 by AudioGO (first published January 1st 2007)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 16, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Thie is the second book I've read by this writer. I found I liked this one a bit better than the first I read which while aiming at sort of "action thriller" status didn't really draw me in.

I also side stepped a couple more of his books because the synopses seemed to me to show a pattern even a formula (view spoiler)

here we got a fairly original idea. I mean you've probably seen versions of i
Jul 17, 2014 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always on a lookout for literary stand alone thriller mysteries. This one wasn't my thing exactly, too noir, too testosterony and it did take me a while to get into, but good writing is good writing and Crime Writer offered enough of that for a solid and quite compelling read. He also didn't skimp in strong multifaceted characters, which is always nice to see since so much of this genre tends to go to two dimensional stereotypes. The final reveal was nice too, twist like. This is one of thos ...more
Mi Camino Blanco
Sep 16, 2015 Mi Camino Blanco rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Siempre que leo novela negra ambientada en Los Angeles no puede evitar pensar en Michael Connelly, mi favorito, y toda posible comparación acaba siempre en derrota. Tal vez por eso no ha llegado a engancharme del todo este libro que pese a tener todos los ingredientes, le faltaba la mano maestra que preparara el combinado perfecto, aunque reconozco los intentos dignos por ofrecer una cuidada ambientación de la ciudad así como un escenario acorde a lo oscuro de la trama.

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The writing style in this book was quite difficult to get used to, but once I got a few chapters into the novel it was easier to follow.
I didn't really like the lead character Drew, though I can't pin down the reason.
The plot should have been really gripping but I found that by the middle it was basically a repitition of events, find clue, no one believes him, someone may be stalking him, find another clue... etc etc
Then at the end the killer turns out to be someone entirely unexpected, not b
Sarah Funke
Jan 02, 2010 Sarah Funke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Books with plot! Who knew? Really loved this contemporary take on hard-boiled LA fiction, which kept me up late, guessing (wrong) till the final moments. 300 pages and plenty of checkmarks, most for nostalgic humor ("He looked like someone Fat Albert had sat on") and meta-remarks ("A coyote trotted down the slope ahead of me, an escapee from a moir novel") but some for short bits and occasional paragraphs that suggest a thoughtful, incisive mind at work observing and assessing small and large cu ...more
Feb 05, 2016 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this writer's style and would describe it as crime noir with a modern twist. Set in LA, a crime writer, Drew Danner, awakens in a hospital room with no memory of the crime he is accused of committing - the murder of his ex-fiance. He investigates to discover whether or not he committed the horrible crime, and then there is another murder that seems to point back at him as well. Drew makes use of an interesting cast of characters - an ex-baseball player turned restauranteur, a mega-star ac ...more
Dec 08, 2007 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: geeks who like mysteries
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.
Ginger Weirich
Jan 23, 2016 Ginger Weirich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You are a novelist, a writer of crime. You awaken in a hospital in pain with no memory as to why. Your ex-fiancee is dead, and you are the one who murdered her – or are you? This book is amazingly written with one blind alley after another, one hair-raising experience after another. Although there were numerous hints throughout as to what was really going on, they were so well camouflaged that I was still jaw dropped when all came to light. This is the first I have read from this author, but I d ...more
Brian Krause
Nov 20, 2014 Brian Krause rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting premise; crime writer wakes up in the hospital, and a detective shows him a picture of someone he has allegedly killed. Said crime writer has had a benign brain tumor removed which factors into the verdict on whether he did it or not....he isn't sure. His pursuit of the truth involves some good and some ok characters some of which are believable. I very much liked the way the story was written and concluded. So often, you get a good plot, good story, aren't sure how it's going to end ...more
Ilya Tr
Jun 04, 2015 Ilya Tr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Gregg Hurwitz that I picked up randomly, even though several of his books have been siting in my "To read" list for a long time.
Luck or not, I have not been disappointed by my random choice. After reading hundreds of books, sometimes it is difficult to retain small or even large details of any given book. However, I think this book will stay with me for a long time. There are few books that earned my 5 star rating. Those are the ones that stuck with me for years. This on
Johnnie Gee
Aug 15, 2014 Johnnie Gee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first two or three chapters were a little confusing as our main character Drew Danner wakes up in a hospital.

Danner learns that he was found in the midst of a seizure from a brain tumor,covered in blood and over the corpse of his former girlfriend. With holes in his memory caused by the tumor, Danner is doesn't know if he killed her or not........and wants to know.

Danner is a crime writer by profession; so he start his own investigation and treating as if he were writing a novel. Then anothe
Agnes Muscoreil
Dec 25, 2012 Agnes Muscoreil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hurwitz delivers again
Kate Watson
The Crime Writer is a slow yarn of a tale, often times diverting from the main story track into interesting, but irrevelant diatribes about L.A. society. At times I did not mind the distraction, but it happened so frequently that the story lost its urgency. The writing itself did have an authentic Southern California feel to it. The ending was uniquely satisfying. I certainly did not predict what ultimately happened, although upon consideration, such a foundation was laid out througout the book. ...more
Ben Campbell
I love me a heightened, creative story that doesn't drown from banal dialog, foreclosed characters and bankrupt descriptions. Hurwitz delivered.

Enter 14 year old Junior Delgado mid-book. The hip gangsta tagger spiked my attention. Enter a few characters; one whose face was carved up, an insider dealing with personal tragedy, wealthy gangsta bros, sticky detectives, as well as uncomfortable social situations, and you have a formulaic story; not quite exceptional but marketable. Some writing magic
Scott Bagley
Sep 13, 2012 Scott Bagley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know exactly where everyone else here on Goodreads breaks down "Good" average review scores and "Not so good." I break it down at about 3.7. This book was 3.69, kind of borderline if you ask me, and low-ish, because I liked it so much.

I need to explain again how much of a sucker for mysteries or thrillers involving amnesia I am. I know how much of a gimmick it is for the author, this way so much can be hidden from the audience, but I buy into it every single time. So much so that I need
Aug 24, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Drew Danner is a crime novelist in Los Angeles. He finds himself in the hospital with a scar on his head and no memory of how he got there. He is told that he was found convulsing over his former fiancee's body with a knife in his hand. He isn't sure if he is guilty of the murder or not. He is found not-guilty on account of temporary insanity (the scar on his head was the result of the removal of a brain tumor). Once he is free, he is accused of yet another murder. He knows for a fact that he di ...more
May 19, 2010 Maddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007-reads
PROTAGONIST: Drew Danner, author
SETTING: Los Angeles
SERIES: Standalone

I'm assuming that many of the readers of this site read more than their fair share of mysteries over the course of the year. I'm also pretty sure that, like me, many of you have grown tired of the over-used formulas employed by many authors. Each part of the genre is subject to its own kind of clichés. With the recent popularity of thrillers, there is a whole new set of abuses occurring that diminish our enjoyment o
Kathleen Hagen
The Crime Writer, by Gregg Hurwitz. Narrated by Scott Brick, produced by BBC audiobooks America, and downloaded from

Drew Danner was a writer of crime fiction who had ha some success. Then one day he awoke in a hospital bed hooked up to various instruments and with a bandage on his head. A cop was sitting in the chair by his bed. First he was told that he had had an operation to remove a brain tumor. The tumor was suspended in liquid in a jar sitting by his bed. Next, the cop sitting
Jan 19, 2013 Jetty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Voor mij opnieuw een kennismaking met een auteur die ik nog niet kende. En een aangename kennismaking ook.

De Misdaadschrijver draait om misdaadauteur Drew Banner die wakker wordt in een ziekenhuisbed, om te ontdekken dat hij wordt beschuldigd van moord. Drew is geopereerd aan een gangliglioom en kan zich helemaal niets herinneren. Is hij echt schuldig aan moord of is hij onschuldig? Drew wil koste wat het kost de waarheid weten en gaat op onderzoek uit. Hij gaat hierbij te werk alsof hij zelf in
Jul 17, 2012 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
The opening scene of The Crime Writer by Greg Hurwitz opens with a bang. Drew Danner wakes up in a hospital bed to “a haze of face, too close for casual”. Two policemen are waiting for him to become conscious. Turns out these officers think he killed his ex-girlfriend as they found his unconscious body slumped over hers. There is only one problem Danner had a tumor which caused him to black out so he has no memory of whether he really killed his ex or not. He is convicted of her murder
Robert Bacal
Oct 06, 2013 Robert Bacal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just rediscovering Hurwitz, and very impressed (I'll review a few others of his when I get time). This book is a departure from his other books in that it's the first book in which he writes in the first person, and it's also a book with a character who is flip, has a weird sense of humor.

Unlike his other books, it's less adventure and action oriented. Readers may find it harder to like the main character, or worse, may find his sense of humor clashing with a sense of reality. After all, who wou
Mar 01, 2008 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Crime Writer is a book within a book. The actual novel is being told in the first person by a writer who is writing the same story. The story of an author who wakes up to find himself in the hospital after a grand mal seizure caused by a brain tumor. During the time period he can't remember, he was found next to his ex-fiance who was stabbed to death. The author, Drew Danner, doesn't believe he killed his ex-fiance, but he can't be absolutely sure, so he goes in search of answers.

If this boo
Mar 28, 2009 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio, 2009, mystery
The eponymous protagonist finds himself in a hospital, amnesia clouding his memory, homicide detectives claiming he’d murdered his former fiance. One murder trial later, he’s out and finds himself framed for another murder. This guy just can’t catch a break.

* Hurwitz oscillates between fairly prosaic descriptions of the narrative and Chandler-esque musings on Los Angeles and its denizens. The sequence about the folks stuck waiting in line at nightclubs is particularly sharp — a biting, cynical
Sep 08, 2010 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Drew Danner wakes up in a hospital with a surgeon and a cop next to his bed. The surgeon wants to tell him about the brain tumor they just removed. The cop wants to tell him that Drew just murdered his ex-fiance.

The tumor is definite enough. He takes it home from the hospital in a jar. And his fiancee is definitely dead. But Drew can't remember anything about that night and has no idea if he killed her or not. But he's arrested, sent for trial, convicted, and then acquitted on grounds of tempora
Mark Baker
Mar 20, 2014 Mark Baker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2010
Mystery novelist Drew Danner was just released from jail after being accused of his ex-fiancee's murder. The next morning, he is arrested again for another murder. Is he committing murders without realizing it or is something else going on? I loved the premise. The pacing could have been a little better, but overall I did enjoy this book.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Sam Whitehouse
Gregg Hurwitz maintains suspense from the first page to the last in all of his novels I've read. He does it again in I See You. The writing is sharp and addictive, the plot addictive too as chapters offer twist after twist. Drew is an unreliable narrator which helps build up even more tension and until the final pages it's impossible to know if he's guilty or not.
Overall, this is quality thriller writing, and my favourite Hurwitz book so far.
Highly, highly recommended.
Dec 19, 2014 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
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
I really enjoyed the plot of this book. The style of writing was a little difficult to read in the beginning, but about half way through it got better. I live on the east coast so I wasn't really interested with the L.A. style of writing. It was a decent book though and I definetly did not see the twist. Overall A good book.
May 12, 2015 Jami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it while pregnant with my first and found it so enthralling. I'm surprised with my pregnancy hormones I was able to handle a thriller but it was a great book. His writing style is quick and clean which I appreciate. It kept the story moving at a fast pace. Such a fun book!
Anna Mcfadden
Finally finished. it was hard to read at times. Drew does go 9 the hunt to find out if he really killed his ex and another. Along the way he finds out things didn't know what or never thought about. And he find new thing. I didn't see the out come of the case. I did have someone different but not suprise. I can see now how it could be.
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