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The Infinite Blacktop
by Sara Gran


Overview - 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." As Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls raves, these novels are " cryptic, dreamy, funny and gritty as hell...Claire DeWitt is an unreliable detective unlike any other."

Claire DeWitt, the hard-living and tough-talking private investigator, has always been something of a detective.  Read more...


 
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Overview
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." As Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls raves, these novels are "cryptic, dreamy, funny and gritty as hell...Claire DeWitt is an unreliable detective unlike any other."

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?

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781501165719
  • ISBN-10: 1501165712
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Publish Date: September 2018
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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BookPage Reviews

The Infinite Blacktop

Top Pick in Mystery, October 2018

Imagine, for a moment, a Nancy Drew mystery told partially in flashback by Nancy herself, a girl grown up into the Best Detective in the World—her own rather immodest appellation—and now facing Her Most Perplexing Case. Then you will begin to have an idea of Sara Gran’s strange yet wildly entertaining novel The Infinite Blacktop. Somewhere along the way, our Nancy (whose name is actually Claire DeWitt) has evolved into a modern-day Sam(antha) Spade, with an overlay of street smarts and Zen calm counterbalancing one another in strangely effective ways. As the book opens, Claire comes very close to getting taken off the board permanently when her rented Kia is deliberately broadsided by a 1982 Lincoln, an event on par with a wooden rowboat getting rammed by the USS Nimitz. As she looks into who is trying to punch her ticket, she is drawn into a rethinking of the one case the Best Detective in the World has never been able to solve: the disappearance of her partner-in-crime-solving back when they were teenagers. As the narrative proceeds, another cold case gets woven in, and Gran deftly jumps back and forth between them, bringing the reader along for a wild ride across the decades.

 

This article was originally published in the October 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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