The Infinite Blacktop

Product Details
Atria Books
Publish Date
5.3 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author
Sara Gran is the author of Saturn's Return to New York, Come Closer, Dope, as well as two previous novels featuring Claire DeWitt. Her work has been published in more than a dozen countries. Born in Brooklyn, Sara lived in New York City until 2004. She now lives in Los Angeles and has a successful career writing for television.
"A completely original hybrid of mystery, thriller, contemporary noir, dark comedy and postmodern meditation about what it means to be a detective."-- "The New York Times"
"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."-- "Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post"
"A thriller that is no ordinary, by-the-book crime procedural."-- "The Associated Press"
"There's a fascinating echo in these pages of classic LA noir detective fiction from the age of Hammett and'll be charmed by this eccentric, enticingly artful mystery." -- "Kirkus (starred review)"
"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."-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
"A wonderful mystery, packed with unexpected gems of truth and humor and beauty, that reminded me of why I love reading fiction."--Chris Pavone, author of The Expats
"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." --Ben Winters, author of Underground Airlines
"I turned to Claire DeWitt when I was down and she gave me a week to remember that there is always a way onwards."--Mark Z. Danielewski, author of House of Leaves
"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."--Jeff Abbott, author of Blame and Adrenaline
"Sara Gran's Infinite Blacktop is a hard-boiled, existential masterpiece. There's no detective as skilled or as strange as Claire Dewitt; mouse-whisperer, slumming angel, gnostic disciple. She always wins the day. Sara Gran is simply peerless."
--Cara Hoffman, author of Running and So Much Pretty
"Metaphysical, gritty . . . . Looks at the larger mysteries of life, love, and identity." -- "Library Journal"

"The most interesting private eye I've encountered since Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander....Gran presents an unflinching, heartfelt portrait of the way many women of her generation have lived their lives: speeding down the fast lane... A fascinating read."

-- "The Washington Post"
"Delicious and addictive."-- "Salon"
"Reads . . . as if David Lynch directed a Raymond Chandler novel."-- "CNN"
"Beautifully written in a tight, quirky style that distinguishes Gran as one of the more original writers working today."
-- "Associated Press"
"The title character is the summer's most original new detective: part Lisbeth Salander, part Veronica Mars." -- "Hollywood Reporter"
"The hard-living, wisecracking titular detective bounces around post-Katrina New Orleans trying to track down a missing prosecutor in this auspicious debut of a new mystery series--and the Big Easy is every bit her equal in sass and flavor."-- "Elle"
"Reminds me why I fell in love with the genre."--Laura Lippman
"Terrific, I love this book! Absolutely love it. This is the first fresh literary voice I've heard in years. Sara Gran recombines all the elements of good, solid story-telling and lifts something original from a well-loved form."--Sue Grafton