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The Infinite Blacktop: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Gran, Sara
Series: Claire Dewitt
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Private Investigators
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.25in x 5.31in x 0.90in
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From The Publisher*The "delicious and addictive" (Salon) Claire DeWitt series returns with a thrilling, noirish knockout novel that follows three separate narratives starring the self-proclaimed "world's greatest detective." As Cara Hoffman, author of Running, says, this "is a hard-boiled, existential masterpiece."

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. They solved many cases together, in the process witnessing human behavior at its worst. The three 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, widely admired artist girlfriend had died a few months before him.

Today, Claire is on her way to Las Vegas 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 "eccentric, enticingly artful" (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) narratives converge, some mysteries are solved and others continue to haunt. But Claire will continue 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?
Review Quote*"A completely original hybrid of mystery, thriller, contemporary noir, dark comedy and postmodern meditation about what it means to be a detective."
Review Quote*"A singular mystery experience...Claire DeWitt is one part Auguste Dupin, one part Jack Kerouac-type "Dharma Bum" and allover nasty woman on a mission."
Review Quote*"A thriller that is no ordinary, by-the-book crime procedural."
Review Quote*"There's a fascinating echo in these pages of classic LA noir detective fiction from the age of Hammett and Chandler...you'll be charmed by this eccentric, enticingly artful mystery." 
Review Quote*"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."
Review Quote*"A wonderful mystery, packed with unexpected gems of truth and humor and beauty, that reminded me of why I love reading fiction."
Review Quote*"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."  
Review Quote*"I turned to Claire DeWitt when I was down and she gave me a week to remember that there is always a way onwards."
Review Quote*"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."