Tapping the Source

Tapping the Source

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 309 pages
  • 134.62 x 195.58 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1451645546
  • 9781451645545
  • 190,339

Review quote

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"show more

About Kem Nunn

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.show more

Rating details

1,312 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
5 32% (424)
4 40% (525)
3 22% (283)
2 5% (66)
1 1% (14)

Our customer reviews

This is one of the best books written in the 20th century. It has achieved cult status, but it is a book anyone can enjoy. You don't have to be hip and young. Nunn's later books never satisfied those who started with this exceptional work. Nunn has gone on to write and produce for television. And his latest novel, Chance, shows erudition and insight into the imagination, even if it is less than wildly entertaining.show more
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