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...


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TitleThe Infinite Blacktop
ISBN9781501165719
Author
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherAtria Books
GenreMystery, Fiction
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Reviews The Infinite Blacktop

  • Carol.
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    1970-01-01
    "Experience was just a long, infinite, blacktop of things you'd regret not enjoying later." *The world's most experienced (and self-proclaimed) greatest private investigator is back right where we left off at the cliffhanger ending of book two (Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway).Leaving the scene of the car accident in Oakland, Claire is headed to Las Vegas.  She was originally headed there in search of a friend but now she's searching for ...
  • ABCme
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Ian
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • R J Mckay
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Dgordon
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Lori
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Melanie
    1970-01-01
    I don’t know if I’m getting more generous with my 5-star reviews or just more in love with this series, but either way... this is an amazing book. Sad and lovely and weird and full of sentences I had to re-read because they were so true and heartbreaking. Claire’s beloved Silette’s style of detection is fascinating and magical and I wish that his book really existed. I hope there are more books to come - I feel like, as crazy and deep as ...
  • Sandi
    1970-01-01
    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,...just...wow. I loved it. I hope there will be more to this series!
  • Yuckamashe
    1970-01-01
    Best book cover ever! I have waited forever for another Claire DeWitt book. I preordered this to have it as soon as possible. I read it in one sitting right after unwrapping it. First, let me say I loved the first two books but they were not without flaws. I hate all of the Stilette quotes. I think the books would be better without that side story. Second, this book gets a little too into existentialism for my taste. Having said that I love the m...
  • Nessa
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Emily
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Geonn Cannon
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Raven
    1970-01-01
    And so we reach the third instalment of Sara Gran’s terrific series featuring private detective Claire DeWitt, and what a powerhouse of a thriller it is. Tagged as a feminist take on the hardboiled tradition of Raymond Chandler, and described by me on Twitter as ‘Nancy Drew on meth’, this is a fast paced, nerve shredding roller coaster of a ride, with one of the most damaged, but engaging, protagonists in modern crime fiction…Smoothly mov...
  • Beverley
    1970-01-01
    Sara Gran is a completely new author to me with The Infinite Blacktop being my first foray into her books. This is the third book in the Claire DeWitt series of novels and I don’t think that my enjoyment was diminished by not having read the previous two so much so that I have already bought the first book, City of the Dead as the exceptional writing has left me wanting more.The book opens with our protagonist Claire DeWitt, the self-proclaimed...
  • Fran
    1970-01-01
    3.5 for parts of this fast-paced mystery. I love tough female detectives and this did not disappoint. I got a little confused by the story in the story, but this was a fun read...Chandler meets Grafton meets Vachss. I’ll be reading more of this series!
  • Ryan
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Tim Niland
    1970-01-01
    It took five years for Sara Gran to return to her great detective Claire DeWitt, but it was worth the wait. We find Claire in 2011, seriously injured and dazed in an ambulance in Oakland, after learning that Andre, a figure in a previous case was in trouble. Somebody crashed into her car deliberately, and she has to bail from the cops and EMS to stay alive and find out who has targeted her. The narrative then splits between a 1999 case into the s...
  • Brendle
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    http://wordnerdy.blogspot.com/2018/08...A 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...
  • Paul Petrone
    1970-01-01
    This is a hard book to review because at times I found it spellbinding. And I like the message of embrace truth.What I didn’t like was this idea that truth is the world is an ugly, terrible and cold place. Or somehow you can only find who you really are alone. Imo truth is not so bleak and the real challenge is being yourself and building great relationship, not hermiting up somewhere and letting no one in as the only way to be really you.All t...
  • Dan
    1970-01-01
    Sara Gran is consistently great. After several years writing for TV, she returns with the third book narrated by Claire DeWitt. DeWitt is what might happen if a punk rock version of Nancy Drew as an adult lived and detected in a dark noir world and followed the dictates of a French detective whose worldview might be expressed as Zen Existentialism with a touch of stoicism. Its bleak, hilarious and often profound. The philosophy is foregrounded a ...
  • Melissa
    1970-01-01
    This book... it's weird and wonderful, but it's clearly not for everyone. What is, though? Think of the gritty noir world of L.A. Confidential filtered through a Mulholland Drive surreal lens. If that appeals to you, maybe you should pick this up. This is definitely a work in which the journey is more the point than the destination... Some mysteries are solved (the author juggles three timelines), but what really gets illuminated is the detective...
  • Kerrie-ann
    1970-01-01
    Claire DeWitt has been involved in a car accident, but it was no accidental car crash. Someone set out to kill her. Why would someone want to kill Claire DeWitt and who wants to kill her? She must set out on her mission to find out these answers. This novel is set in the 1990's and in 2011. When I finished reading this novel I had two big questions which were buzzing round the top of my head that I never found out the answers to. What happened to...