The Infinite Blacktop: Book summary and reviews of The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

The Infinite Blacktop

A Claire DeWitt Novel

by Sara Gran

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The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2018
    304 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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The "delicious and addictive" (Salon) Claire DeWitt series returns with a thrilling noir mystery that follows three separate narratives starring the self-proclaimed "world's greatest detective."

Claire DeWitt, the hard-living and tough-talking private investigator, has always been something of a detective. As a young girl growing up in Brooklyn, Claire and her two best friends, Tracy and Kelly, fell under the spell of the book Detection by legendary French detective Jacques Silette. The three solved many cases together and were inseparable - until the day Tracy vanished without a trace. That is still the only case Claire ever failed to solve.

Later, in her twenties, Claire is in Los Angeles trying to get her PI license by taking on a cold case that has stumped the LAPD. She hunts for the real story behind the death of a washed-up painter ten years earlier, whose successful and widely admired artist girlfriend had died a few months before him.

Today, Claire is on her way to Las Vegas from San Francisco when she's almost killed by a homicidal driver. In a haze of drugs and injuries, she struggles off the scene, determined to find her would-be killer's identity - but the list of people who would be happy to see her dead is not a short one.

As these three narratives converge, some mysteries are solved and others continue to haunt. But Claire, battered and bruised, continues her search for the answer to the biggest mystery of all: what is the purpose of our lives, and how can anyone survive in a world so clearly designed to break our hearts again and again?

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"Starred Review. Bold and stunning…mixing classic tropes of teen detective fiction with elements of eastern philosophy and a profound sense of the absurd, Gran takes readers on an unforgettable journey." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. An irresistible blend of quirky philosophical quests, gritty fight scenes, and painful truths...in noir-tinted California." - Booklist

"Starred Review. Give it a bit of time to wind up and you'll be charmed by this eccentric, enticingly artful mystery." - Kirkus

"Fans who have been eagerly awaiting Claire's next outing will be satisfied; newcomers are advised to read the first two books before diving into this one. Not a neat little whodunit at all, this looks at the larger mysteries of life, love, and identity, and bears rereading." - Library Journal

"Sara Gran's latest is a total delight. Infinite Blacktop is as captivating as it is unusual, an alchemical mixture of not one but three mysteries, scattered across time and America, all centered around the badass and deeply damaged Claire DeWitt, whose unconventional, unceasing, irrational mode of detection is like nothing else in crime fiction." - Ben Winters, author of Underground Airlines

"A marvel of a novel, one that combines the mysteries of seemingly unsolvable crimes and the deeper mysteries of the human heart. Written with both a vivid edge and heartfelt compassion, The Infinite Blacktop is one of the most exciting books of the year." - Jeff Abbott, author of Blame and Adrenaline

"Sara Gran's Infinite Blacktop is a hard-boiled, existential masterpiece. There's no detective as skilled or as strange as Claire Dewitt; mouse-whisperer, slumming angel, gnostic disciple. She always wins the day. Sara Gran is simply peerless." - Cara Hoffman, author of Running and So Much Pretty

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Sara Gran

Sara Gran is the author of Saturn's Return to New York, Come Closer, Dope, as well as two previous novels featuring Claire DeWitt. Her work has been published in more than a dozen countries. Born in Brooklyn, Sara lived in New York City until 2004. She now lives in Los Angeles and has a successful career writing for television.

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