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Dogs of Winter [Paperback]

Kem Nunn
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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26 Oct 1998
Jack Fletcher, a former hot-shot surf photographer but now fallen on hard times, suddenly gets a call from the surf magazine he worked for in his glory days. He can't believe his luck when he's assigned to photograph legendary surfer Drew Harmon surfing the equally legendary reef known as "Heart Attacks". With two lackeys in tow, Fletcher heads off to the wilderness of Northern California, the Indian territory where Harmon now lives with his half-mad wife Kendra, who roams the woods at night wearing the clothes of a murdered girl. This is not what Jack expected, and things get much worse.

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  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: No Exit Press; First Printing edition (26 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901982351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901982350
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 489,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kem Nunn lives in Northern California and is the author of Pomona Queen, Tapping the Source, The Dogs of Winter and Tijuana Straits.

Critical Acclaim for Kem Nunn

"...Kem Nunn writes directly out of the lineage of James M Cain and Raymond Chandler. If there is a contemporary writer with a deeper sense of evil, I don't know who it would be..." - Jim Harrison,

"...God bless Kem Nunn, one of a rare breed, a novelist who knows how to write and isn't afraid to plot and tell a story..." - Elmore Leonard,

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Kem Nunn's earlier surfing novel Tapping the Source was nominated for an American Book Award. In The Dogs of Winter, he draws again on the eternal legends and tall tales of surfers. Jack Fletcher is a pill-popping photographer on the skids who is lucky to get the assignment of photographing the aging surfing legend Drew Harmon and two young pros at the Heart Attacks in Northern California--an appropriately difficult-to-reach and shark-infested "mysto spot" reputed to have 30-foot waves. Not all dangers lurk in the ocean, however. The local Indians are unfriendly to outsiders and to each other; Harmon's young wife is obsessed with Indian witchcraft and a murdered local girl; and Harmon cloaks his own demons in laconic surfer-deity mystique. The hapless Fletcher and a local tribal council worker named Travis McCade desperately try to avert the curl of disaster that builds and breaks in this heavily atmospheric novel. --Amazon.com

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"Remarkable. A serious, richly satisfying novel." -- Steve Friedman, "GQ" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
The book is far from being a cheesy surf tale, although it does incorporate some of the cliched characters which at some point or another have featured in surfing history. I have been reluctant to recommend to non surfers, but on second reading and reviews from friends....I strongly suggest having a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surfers! Don't be put off be the dodgy title! 25 Oct 1999
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Format:Paperback
This is a gnarly book and well written from a surf perspective. Its set in a part of California that i've never seen.....wild coastal dropout zone. If you ever wanted to know what happened to champion surfers and mag.photographers after they have peaked look at this as an example. This Kem Nunn has a wicked view on the 3 s's that'll be surf sex and spiritual forces....though this is not as warped as his other book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every surfer. 19 Jun 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This novel is a must read for every surfer who has taken a surf trip in search of their personal limits. It will remind you that you never know your limits until they are pushed, whether personal, emotional or physical. Kem Nunn expertly conveys the "feeling" of pushing your limits in search of them. During the summertime, when there is not a wave in the ocean, this book will get you stoked for the cold, hard winter surf.

Ps. Please e-mail me if you have a copy of Tapping the Source you would like to sell or loan.
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i enjoyed this book but its plot was a bit dark towards the end but this book has something
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 4 April 2014
By M.H.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Interesting plot, great descriptions. I will definitely check out his other books. Surfers would likely enjoy it but I would say it would be a good read for anyone.
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