Tapping the Source (Paperback)

By Kem Nunn

Scribner Book Company, 9781451645545, 309pp.

Publication Date: June 19, 2012

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/1/1988)
Paperback (12/1/2005)
MP3 CD (6/28/2016)
Paperback (7/9/1998)

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Kem Nunn's "surf noir" classic is a thrilling plunge into the seedy underbelly of a Southern California beach town--the inspiration for the film Point Break.

People go to Huntington Beach in search of the endless parties, the ultimate highs, and the perfect waves. Ike Tucker has come to look for his missing sister and for the three men who may have murdered her. In that place of gilded surfers and sun-bleached blonds, Ike's search takes him on a journey through a twisted world of crazed Vietnam vets, sadistic surfers, drug dealers, and mysterious seducers. He looks into the shadows and finds parties that drift toward pointless violence, joyless vacations, and highs you may never come down from...and a sea of old hatreds and dreams gone bad. And if he's not careful, his is a journey from which he will never return.

About the Author

Kem Nunn is a third-generation Californian whose novels include "The Dogs of Winter," "Pomona Queen," and "Unassigned Territory."" Tapping the Source "(1984) was nominated for the National Book Award, and his novel "Tijuana Straits "won the "Los Angeles Times" Book Award. A graduate of the University of California at Irvine, he lives in Southern California.

Praise For Tapping the Source

“Kem Nunn is one of a rare breed, a novelist who knows how to plot and tell a story. There is amazing energy here.” —Elmore Leonard