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Twisty, twisted and teeming with psychological suspense and sexual obsession, it’s no wonder that this cuttingly engrossing novel is also enjoying success as a major TV production starring Hugh Laurie, now into its second season. Neuropsychiatrist Eldon Chance is in the process of splitting from his wife when he becomes entangled with one of his patients, insatiable, instable Jackie Black who suffers from an identity disorder. While it’s set in the author’s native California, this novel is certainly no barrel of good vibrations. With Jackie’s violent homicide detective ex-husband on his tail, Chance seems fated for the proverbial plunge that follows pride, and then there’s his relationship with a self-professed Samurai who goes by the name of “D” - is D really the military vet he claims to be, or has he fashioned this false, alternate persona? Complex, compelling and continually surprising, this gritty fix of San Franciscan noir is a bold and fiercely gripping read. Joanne Owen BUY DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER
"e;[An] accomplished new novel that confirms the promise of Nunn's first book, Tapping the Source .... Nunn writes with a keen portentousness about the warped people in this wasteland, creating what might be described as a western gothic. His examination of cultish thought is respectful, intriguing, and funny, in a narrative that never loses dramatic momentum."e; — Publishers WeeklyLay preacher Obadiah Wheeler is responsible for conducting a group of missionaries into "e;unassigned territory,"e; a stretch of Nevada wilderness open to evangelistic efforts. Obadiah's faith is shaky at best and no match for the tempting charms of the co-proprietor of a desert museum, raven-haired beauty Delandra Hummer. Together the two set off into the vast emptiness of the Mojave in search of a buyer for the museum's prize exhibit, an extraterrestrial relic. Their hilarious road trip — punctuated by encounters with UFO cults, wild rednecks, and hippie burnouts — throbs with violence and madness as well as the possibility of spiritual enlightenment. This "e;desert noir"e; by National Book Award nominee Kem Nunn was recognized as a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice; the author has also written for and produced numerous TV projects, among them John from Cincinnati, Deadwood, and Sons of Anarchy.
Heart Attacks is California's last secret spot - the premier mysto surf haunt, the stuff of rumor and legend. The rumors say you must cross Indian land to get there. They tell of hostile locals and shark-infested waters where waves in excess of thirty feet break a mile from shore. For down-and-out photographer Jack Fletcher, the chance to shoot these waves in the company of surfing legend Drew Harmon offers the promise of new beginnings. But Drew is not alone in the northern reaches of the state. His young wife, Kendra, lives there with him. Obsessed with the unsolved murder of a local girl, Kendra has embarked upon a quest of her own, a search for truth - however dark that truth may prove to be. The Dogs of Winter is a portrait of two men and an appealing yet troubled young woman set against an unforgettable background of stark and violent beauty.