Tuesday Intro: The Inifinite Blacktop by Sara Gran

Once again this week, I’m linking up again with Vicky at I’d Rather Be At The Beach who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter/paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. This week, I’m reading a book I was so excited to see because I’ve been waiting for it to come out since reading the second books in the series back in 2015.  It’s The Infinite Blacktop by Sara Gran and, although it doesn’t come out till September, I can’t wait to read it.  

What’s it about…

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 by legendary French detective Jacques Silette. The three solved many cases together and 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 and widely admired artist girlfriend had died a few months before him

Today, Claire is on her way to Las Vegas from San Francisco 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 narratives converge, some mysteries are solved and others continue to haunt. But Claire, battered and bruised, continues 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?

How does it start?

Oakland, 2011

I fell into consciousness with a sudden, frightening, crash.  My eyes popped open into a line of bright white-hot pain. I couldn’t see anything except blinding light. I squeezed my eyes back shut. 

I gasped for air—

Remember, remember. 

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

Emma x

note: this is from an advance, non-corrected proof

17 comments
  1. This seems like more than a few nail biting moments. Hope you like it. Here’s my link:
    http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2018/07/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday_10.html

  2. I listened to a Claire DeWitt story last year. I kind of liked it but not enough to look for more books in the series. See what I’m featuring at Girl Who Reads

    1. I can’t imagine listening to it but I think that’s because I’ve got such a vivid picture in my head.

  3. I love the intensity! Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “LEFT: A LOVE STORY”

    1. Yes, she is intense. Sorry for the delay in responding btw – more issues with my WP comments!

  4. Nice pick. I’m going to give this series a closer look.

    1. Enjoy if you do!

  5. I would keep reading to find out what happened to her.

    1. Fingers crossed it’s exciting!

  6. Feel drawn to this story. No wonder why you’re excited about it.

    1. I am so excited. I loved her last book so much and this has been a long time coming!

  7. Well that is an opening that makes you sit up and pay attention. Enjoy!

    1. It doesn’t it. I hope it’s a good read.

  8. I’d keep reading, I want to know what happened.

    1. Hopefully something a little off the wall if her last book is anything to go by.

  9. Oh yes! This one has sucked me in! I love that start… Thank you for sharing, Emma – though considering the state of my TBR, I’m not sure I should be so grateful!

    1. If this is as good as her last book I will be very happy!

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