A noir set in the burned-out post-hippie landscape of early 1980s Huntington Beach. Often referred to as a "surf noir" novel, perhaps because of the lean, stripped-down evocative prose and the mystical hue of the plot. And of course, there's the fact that the book is set around the seedy edges of Southern California's surf culture. Sonic Youth reference the book in the liner notes of their classic Sister LP, and it's said it was the inspiration for the movie Point Break. Take all of that as you will, this is an entertaining summer (or any time) read that has echoes of classic SoCal writers like Chandler and West. —Recommended by Layla, City Lights Books
A reissue of the classic novel that inspired the movie Point Break and pioneered a genre.
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.
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.