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  • Adam's Task by Vicki Hearne
  • Anything by Colin Cotterill
  • Auguries of Innocence by Patti Smith
  • Big Box Swindle by Stacy Mitchell
  • Darwin: A Life in Poems by Ruth Padel
  • Gehry Draws
  • Human Smoke by Nicholson Baker
  • Out of Our Heads by Ava Noe
  • Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design, Mannerisms, Quirks and Conceits
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson
  • The God of Small Things by Arundahti Roy
  • The Long Fall by Walter Mosely
  • The Martin Beck Series by Maj Sjowall and Per Waloo
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
  • The Wrecking Crew by Thomas Frank
  • Vermeeer in Bosnia by Lawrence Weschler

Thursday, March 20, 2008

The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz

I spent a couple of wonderful days reading "The Crime Writer" by Gregg Hurwitz. I became forlorn when I was done. This is a helluva story written in the first person. Hero wakes up in hospital told he has had a begnin brain tumor removed and that he's under arrest for the murder of his ex-girlfriend. He is eventually convicted and then aquitted because of the tumor.

What I loved most about this book was how lost I got in the story. For example, the hero is a detective novelist. His fictional protaganist, Derek Chainer is mentioned several time. I found myself thinking periodically that I should get those books. And then realizing that there are no Derek Chainer books. Hola! This book is beautifully written. Gritty, noir, but very human. Kind of, but not exactly, like a white guy's Walter Mosley.
Good Review below.

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