The Infinite Blacktop
The third of Sara Gran’s unique and acclaimed Claire DeWitt books, and a great introduction to her mesmeric series.
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‘Brilliant… The best news of the crime fiction season is that Claire DeWitt, Sara Gran’s irresistible private detective, is back.’ The Irish Times
Driven off the desert road and left for dead, Claire DeWitt knows that it is someone from her past trying to kill her, she just doesn’t know who. Making a break for it from the cops who arrive on the scene, she sets off in search of the truth, or whatever version of it she can find. But perhaps the biggest mystery of all lies deeper than that, somewhere out there on the ever rolling highway of life.
Set between modern day Las Vegas and LA, The Infinite Blacktop sees Claire at her lowest point yet, wounded and disorientated, but just about hanging on.
Too smart for her own good, too damaged to play by the rules, too crazy for most – have you got what it takes to follow the self-appointed ‘best detective in the world’?
'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.'
Deeply intelligent fiction that cuts deep ... Claire DeWitt's power will sneak up on you.
Brilliant ... as with all great crime fiction, these books rely on the voice of their detective, and DeWitt is the most reliably unreliable everywoman there is, vulnerable, violent, disingenuous, drunk, high, sexually reckless, vengeful, forgiving, wise, witty and full of heart. I would go with her anywhere.
‘Uncompromising . . . what then follows is a masterclass in plotting, characterisation and style . . . beautifully intertwined to create a mesmerising picture of a woman on the edge in every scene . . . There are elements in The Infinite Blacktop that verge on the mystical and metaphysical. Throughout it all, DeWitt is as uncompromising and daring as her creator is, in a book that is deeply in love with the ethos of classic private detective fiction, while also dragging it screaming into the 21st century.’
Claire DeWitt gets down and dirty in the best noir tradition.
A hard-boiled, existential masterpiece. ...This gorgeous, gritty novel x-rays the underbelly of America, speeding along with wit and terror and grace.
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