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Posted on January 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM by Lisa Miyako
Gregg Hurwitz's narrator, Drew
Danner, himself a crime novelist in The Crime Writer, wakes up in a hospital room after
emergency surgery, and he is not alone. Two detectives are sitting by his bed,
waiting to question Danner about the dried blood under his fingernails.
Danner's ex-fiancée has been brutally murdered, and the evidence incriminates
Danner. The trouble is... Danner can't remember.
In this crime mystery, set
in Los Angeles, the novelist-cum-suspect
attempts to unravel the mystery in the only way he knows how: by writing a book
as he investigates whether or not he killed his ex-fiancée even while the
police continue to build a case against him, a case that gets stronger when
another body is found, a woman murdered in a similar method as Danner's
The device of a writer as
narrator is a hard one to pull off, but Danner is believable and captivating as
Hurwitz leads us along various trails to plausible suspects, and Hurwitz brings
itself alive as a veritable character.
My Opinion: This was a fun
and engrossing story. I fingered about three or four different likely and
unlikely suspects, and then vacillated between a couple of them, and so
naturally one of my guesses was correct. After I put the book down, I thought
that the killer, the motivation, the machinations were all just this side of
contrived, but I had enjoyed reading the story -- and liked Danner as a
character -- that I didn't resent it.
Reviewed by Lisa Miyako
Tag(s): "The Crime Writer" "Gregg Hurwitz" mystery "Los Angeles" fiction "book review"
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