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Dogs of Winter Paperback – 26 Oct 1998

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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: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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Amazon Review

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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"Novelist Kem Nunn is the most accomplished practitioner of California noir writing today, the principal heir to the tradition of Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West...."The Dogs of Winter."..is Nunn's best novel yet....There's probably not an American novelist working today who is better at choreographing and describing physical action, and few who so capably combine thrills with clear-eyed and compassionate characterizations." -- James Hynes, "The Washington Post Book World" --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 By A Customer on 19 Jun. 1997
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct. 1999
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2000
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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By B. Lowe on 24 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
Kem Nunn is one of the great story tellers of his age. His plots and characters manage to capture the angst of our times: no one wins, everyone ends up more of less damaged, but there's enough hope in the future - just - to keep them going on. This book in anchored in a great sense of place and the majesty of nature. There's a strong environmental message underpinning the plot which races towards resolution as the desperation of its characters deepens. My advice: read all Kem Nunn's books.
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Format: Paperback
I can attest to the accuracy of Nunn's portrait of this area of Northern California. The book is well written and exciting, but the picture of people and place of coastal Northern California is dramatically spot-on. It is an area of California that most people have no idea exists,so different it is from the culture and topography of Southern California. Highly recommend it, especially if you, like myself, read mysteries as much for the travelog as the mystery.
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