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
"Nunn's churning prose picks you up like a thirty-foot wave and gives you one helluva ride to the beach...."[The Dogs of Winter]" is the greatest novel ever written about surfing."
-- Peter Plagens, "Newsweek"
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.