Gregg Hurwitz is a study in literary contradictions. He was finishing his debut thriller, "The Tower," while psychoanalyzing Iago for his master's degree at Oxford. When he sold the manuscript, he was writing theater and opera reviews for the Palo Alto Weekly while also dubbing Japanese anime cartoons.
Since then Hurwitz, now an Angeleno, has had a packed, multifaceted career that spans novels, comic books and screenplays. He talks about his work with a disarming enthusiasm devoid of arrogance. He seems just as happy to riff on other writers he admires or, say, the chilaquiles at Blu Jam Café in Sherman Oaks, where we are sitting down for brunch.