Tapping the Source: A Novel (Paperback)

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"In the life of an independent bookseller, there are a few 'rites of passage' discoveries before we truly earn our stripes: Jack Black’s You Can’t Win, The Wasp Factory by Ian Banks and heck, everything by Jim Thompson.  But when I came up at Green Apple, some 20+ years ago, nothing rung my bell quite as loudly as Kem Nunn’s surf-mystery, Tapping the Source." - Kevin H

— From Kevin H.'s Staff Picks



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 previous novels include The Dogs of WinterPomona QueenUnassigned Territory, and Tapping the Source, which was made in to the film Point BreakTijuana Straits won the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Southern California, where he also writes screenplays for television and film.

Praise For…

“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

Product Details
ISBN: 9781451645545
ISBN-10: 1451645546
Publisher: Scribner
Publication Date: June 19th, 2012
Pages: 320
Language: English