Synopses & Reviews
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 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-fiance'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. Like nothing he's written before, The Crime Writer takes Hurwitz in an exciting new direction and is sure to reach a whole new audience.
"Hurwitz's carefully interwoven plot lines and taut writing...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)
"Hurwitz's insights about L.A. life sound knowing and are often ruefully funny....Crime fans looking for something different will love this one." Booklist
"[Hurwitz's] combination of classic crime noir elements Los Angeles, multiple suspects, a compelling mystery and a unique narrative format and characters make The Crime Writer a must-read." BookReporter.com
"Hurwitz has written a nice puzzler with a sympathetic hero and a great supporting cast. Recommended." Library Journal
"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, bestselling author of Mystic River and Shutter Island
"Outstanding in every way. Hurwitz's previous books great as they were look like practice swings before this titanic blast." Lee Child, bestselling author of Bad Luck and Trouble
"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, bestselling author of The Book of Fate
"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, bestselling author of The Watchman
In this fast-paced psychological thriller, a crime writer finds himself entangled in his own gruesome mystery.
Drew Danner , an L.A.-based crime novelist, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head, blood under his nails, and a cop by his side. Accused of murdering his ex-fiancée, Drew has no memory of the crime but reconstructs the story the only way he knows how—as a novel. As he searches the dark corridors of his life and the city he loves, another young woman is similarly murdered and Drew must confront the very real possibility of his own guilt. A thrilling piece of contemporary L.A. noir, The Crime Writer is sure to boost Hurwitz’s profile as one of the coming masters of the genre.
About the Author
Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of The Tower, Minutes to Burn, Do No Harm, The Kill Clause, The Program, Troubleshooter, and most recently, Last Shot. He has taught fiction writing in the USC English Department and at the La Jolla Writer's Conference.