The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

The Infinite Blacktop

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 investigat...

Details The Infinite Blacktop

TitleThe Infinite Blacktop
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreMystery, Fiction

Reviews The Infinite Blacktop

  • Carol.
    Five million stars.But wait, if I rate this book that high, what does that make Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead? Fucking awesome, of course, but I rated that five stars as well. Yet these were two very different, powerful reads. Since we parted ways with Claire way back in 2013 in Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway, Sara Gran started writing for Southland, apparently as one of the main writers in 2012 and 13. Claire left a very signifi...
  • Dan Schwent
    Who tried to kill Claire DeWitt in a hit and run? That's what Claire wants to find out but will there be anything left of her when she finds her would-be killer?A funny thing happened a few days ago. I was driving to work, pondering when/if a new Claire DeWitt book would be coming out, only to find there was a Goodreads giveaway for the newest one AND it was up on Netgalley. Naturally, I was all over it.Fresh from the events of Claire DeWitt and ...
  • Melissa
    Netgalley gave me a copy for review and this was one of the best books I've read all year. Thank you Netgalley!Claire DeWitt is the standard, she is the beginning and also the end of my love of this genre, Claire DeWitt is the queen of my heart, Claire DeWitt is the one. Claire DeWitt is the best detective in the world. This book is rich and heartbreaking and I loved every minute of it. Gran’s dialog is as exquisite as it has ever been and her ...
  • Joseph
    Not being a regular reader of mysteries I picked up The Infinite Blacktop after reading a review for the book. No one beats Claire DeWitt she is the world's greatest detective (self-proclaimed). Her world is filled with cases like the Case of the Wilted Rose and the Case of the Emerald Peacock. It seems like a grown-up Nacy Drew world. Well, Nacy Drew who dated Cid Vicous. The book is a mix of gritty reality and childhood detective heroes.
  • ABCme
    Thank you Netgalley an Atria Books for the ARC.I have to admit, first thing that attracted me to this book was the gorgious cover. Just look at it!And sure enough, once in, the story takes off at full speed.PI Claire gets hit by a car and escapes the ambulance, determined to investigate who did this to her and why.I like the format of having to solve three mysteries to get there, all of them being cleverly entwined.In 1986 Claire and her friends ...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Claire DeWitt is back, sharp and self deprecating, she breezes through experiences that would flatten anyone of lesser strength. Even when trying to solve mysteries on no sleep while chemically impaired, she prevails. Her story opens on the mean streets of Oakland, and I must admit partiality to seeking out books that feature my home town for its setting. Someone has tried to mow her down in a vintage Lincoln, and that's just one of the puzzles s...
  • R J Mckay
    I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.There is a lot going on in this story…from a much younger Claire DeWitt, who’s childhood friend goes missing, to a more experienced Claire DeWitt that someone is trying to kill. Then there is the Claire DeWitt who is still trying to earn her PI License. Three times in her life, three mysteries that pull her in.Young Claire and her three best friends have been influenced by...
  • Ian
    I'm a huge Claire Dewitt fan. My favorite fictional detectives in order are Dewitt, Dirk Gently, Lionel Essrog (Motherless Brooklyn), Hank Palace (Last Policeman), Conrad Metcalf (Gun with Ocassional Music). This was the novel that I thought would answer all the questions about some of the mysteries of Claire's life. It uses narratives in 3 different time periods and does it well. You may not get the answers you want or all of them, but you will ...
  • Lori
    I received a copy of this from the goodreads giveaway. Thank you! I love Claire DeWitt and after I read the first two books in the series, I thought I remembered reading that Sara Gran wasn't going to write anymore. So glad that either I imagined reading that or she changed her mind! I listened to the first two on Audible, and that made this a different experience. I do hope that when it comes out in Audible that it will be read by Carol Monda, b...
  • Sandi
    Fantastic! I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. Honestly, I had never heard of the Claire DeWitt series before, so I got the first two books - and they were awesome. This one, though, I loved it. I hope there will be more to this series!
  • Dgordon
    This a great addictive series that I want never to end. Claire DeWitt is brilliant, edgy, hard boiled, funny and truely in a class by herself. Three mysteries three different time periods, some are solved some are not but it's the journey that makes it all worthwhile. A genre bending series that is not to be missed.
  • Lucky
    Read it and wanted to return to page one and start it all over again because it was so good, so brilliant, so genre defying and I know there are so many layers I missed on the first reading. I love this series. there is nothing else like it. It is unique and addictive.
  • Emily
    Thank you edelweiss for a the advance reader copy! Oh god i fucking love claire dewitt. I would have sara grans babies and i am NOT a good pregnant chick... These books are like reading adyashanti or some other Buddhist mystic that wants to give you a beautifully prepared cup of tea and slap you in the face. She writes about the gutter and places it among the stars- fuck i just cant even... Gran guts you pours vinegar on the wound but them sews y...
  • Nessa
    I’m pretty sure Claire DeWitt is my spirit animal…without the drug abuse and self-destructive behavior, of course.I’m not even going to try and get out of this one. I knew I needed to read this book just based on that cover. I mean…wow!! If that doesn’t catch your eye I don’t know what will. I was hoping that the gorgeous cover would be an excellent fit for the book and I was not disappointed. I devoured this!!Now, I’m not a big rea...
  • Geonn Cannon
    I was going to say no one can write a mystery like Sara Gran, but really no one writes a BOOK like Sara Gran. She writes in our world, but with a fantastical tilt. Not magic, but just this side of it. Claire DeWitt is one of the best detectives in fiction today. My only complaint is that we have to wait so long between books. But if the result is something this tightly-written, then I'm willing to brave the long breaks.
  • Celia
    Free from Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest reviewSummary: In the third Claire DeWitt mystery novel (which you by no means have to read the first or second to appreciate), Claire is try to figure out who her attempted murderer is. Author Sara Gran weaves together three different points in Claire's life in order to bring us to that point.Wow. Just absolutely wow. I'm not usually a mystery fan, but this blew me away. I picked up this bo...
  • Ryan
    I received this book through a Goodreads Giveaway, and I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. I'm giving Infinite Blacktop 2.5 stars. This was my first Claire DeWitt novel, and while it can serve as a stand alone story I'm sure reading the previous novels she appears in would give more background information on Claire's background and detective prowess. The book consists of three separate "mysteries" that Claire finds herself ...
  • Brendle
    A while back someone thanked me for recommending this series. "It was different." he said. "I like different." That is exactly what I like about this series. It's like no other mystery series out there. I was absolutely delighted to discover that there was finally a concluding volume. It did not disappoint. The case files of Claire DeWitt aren’t elegant. Instead they are disorganized and disjointed (though oh so cleverly named), our detective h...
  • Alicia
    2018-08-05 big YAY for a new book in Gran's Claire DeWitt series, about a troubled woman who is the world's best detective, with some eccentric methodology. (That makes this series sound quirky, but really it is dark and weird and wonderful.) In this one, someone is trying to kill Claire, and she has to figure out who, and why. This is interspersed with flashbacks to earlier in her career, when she is working on a c...
  • Sheila Cohen
    I loved this book. This is the first Claire DeWitt novel that I have read but it won't be the last. I couldn't put this down. Very different.