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From National Book Award-nominated Kem Nunn comes an exquisitely written tale of loss and redemption along California's untamed borderland, confirming his reputation as a master of suspense and a novelist of the first rank. When Fahey, once a great surfer, now a reclusive ex-con, meets Magdalena, she is running from a pack of wild dogs along the ragged wasteland where CalFrom National Book Award-nominated Kem Nunn comes an exquisitely written tale of loss and redemption along California's untamed borderland, confirming his reputation as a master of suspense and a novelist of the first rank. When Fahey, once a great surfer, now a reclusive ex-con, meets Magdalena, she is running from a pack of wild dogs along the ragged wasteland where California and Mexico meet the Pacific Ocean -- a spot once known to the men who rode its giant waves as the Tijuana Straits. Magdalena has barely survived an attack on her life and Fahey, against his every instinct, takes her in. An environmental activist, Magdalena is engaged in the struggle for the rights of the thousands of peasants streaming from Mexico's impoverished heartland to work in the maquilladoras -- the foreign-owned factories that line her country's border, polluting its air and fouling its rivers. She is passionate about her work, and perhaps has taken too many risks with her own safety. As Magdalena attempts to reconstruct the events that delivered her, battered and confused, into Fahey's strange yet oddly seductive world, she examines every lead, never guessing the truth about the man who has marked her for death. Armando Santoya, beset by personal tragedy, an aberration born of the very conditions Magdalena has dedicated her life to fight against, is leading a trio of killers on a drug-fueled mission to end her life -- and that of Fahey, her new protector, confidant, and friend -- in a final duel on the beaches of the Tijuana Straits....

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Tijuana Straits Reviews

  • brian
    2019-03-08 19:03

    kem nunn's a cool motherfucker but this review's really a love letter to resident goodreads badass Donald Powell. yup. i'm always on the lookout for great contemporary american crime fiction, for stuff that can stand up to the old guys. i've checked out all the big names -- connolly, leonard, pelecanos, price and all the other cats who write for the wire and, as much as i love the genre, i just can't really get into these guys. there's some good stuff, for sure, but nothing GREAT. nothing that spooks the shit outta you in the middle of the night, nothing that makes you happy when you have to crap so you can be alone with the book, nothing that gives you that thrillingly evil 'the world is a horrible place and we are a vile species' feeling... well, none of 'em, save james ellroy. the one genre-busting genius-goddamn-writer who, in my opinion, bests all his elders and predecessors. and i was alone with ellroy for a while. which was fine. y'know, fine in the 'gang-raped by Satan and a slew of demons' way. then donald tells me to check out don winslow and i read power of the dog and it's tragic and magnificent and fun and dark and great. and also the best book i've read on the mexican drug trade and our phony 'war on drugs' and NAFTA and san diego and tijuana and juarez, etc... a few days ago donald tells me to read kem nunn, so i pick up tijuana straits. well, the book is wildly uneven and the ending chase could use some work, but nunn's there. in the club of great american contemporary crime writers. for sure. his contemporaries, those more highly regarded crime scribblers, they don't have shit on this guy: the overall construction and conception of this book goes places they don't even know exist. there are sentences and passages and whole sections (armando's back story!!!) that are so goddamn gloriously amazing and nunn's sense of place and locale is so perfect and the badass hopeful loser of a lead character he created... it was all so great that i'm about to tear through some of his other books. i'll end with this: those kids that donald's wife keeps popping out are pretty damn lucky. goddamn, are those kids gonna be flooded with great shit.

  • Tfitoby
    2019-03-08 21:11

    An intense slow burn literary noir that shoots itself in the foot with an ending that isn't so much slow burn as dead on arrival.This is the story of Sam Fahey, a once promising young man who threw everything away and now exists in a meth addicted haze of pain and misery. This is also the story of Armando Santoya, a young man whose dreams were destroyed by the reality of living in a chemically poisoned Tijuana run as much by narcotraficantes as a government only interested in American dollars. Magdalena Rivera is a legal crusader left for dead whose appearance in the lives of these two men that put them on a deadly collision course.Divided in to three parts Kem Nunn has written a slow building suspense filled tale of loss and redemption, in the first part we are introduced to our three main characters, given extensive background on how their lives came to be so messed up, in the second they are put on a path of action that you know will bring them all together, you know it will be devastating when it occurs and then part three doesn't live up to that promise, at least not in any way I would have expected.The story of Armando is horrifying, told in such a way as to make you sympathise with his plight and yet be revolted by the outcome of his choices. The slow decent of a naive dreamer in to madness is captured perfectly in a landscape painted vividly by a man who clearly knows the horrors of the streets of Tijuana.The evocation of place is central to Nunn's literature here, without his fully realised imagery of a violent place populated by the lost, the disenfranchised, the abused, the deformed, the dangerous and the greedy the story of Armando and Magalena could have no real weight. The same can be said of the citizens dwelling on the American side of the border, in brief glimpses of Fahey's neighbours et al the insight in to the way of life and mindset provide understanding of who Fahey is and what he struggled against for his entire life.Great things are achieved in this book, but they are let down by an ending of disappointingly small proportions. It's almost as if Nunn strayed too far from the noir aspects of this novel, found his literary leanings moving him away from the dark to a more wholesome denouement. It's not all happy families but it certainly didn't reach the depths of depravity in heart wrenching confrontations you are led to believe will occur. A shame, but don't let that stop you reading, Kem Nunn has got some real talent when it comes to this stuff and I recommend you check him out when you can.

  • Adam
    2019-03-19 00:01

    Kem Nunn writes a novel like Robert Stone used to (Dog Soldiers and A Flag for Sunrise) so its no wonder he has earned Stone’s support and blurbs. Set in the wasteland between Tijuana and San Diego, the titular land is former paradise turned to hell by NAFTA, Narcotrafficantes, the border patrol, free roaming militias, wild dog packs, and pollution. A decaying landscape that attacks its inhabitants. The nearby slums of Tijuana with its toxic abandoned factories is a similarly terrifying landscape that breeds the three killers whose remorseless actions propel the plot to finale of redemption for Nunn’s protagonist Fahey. While Nunn’s never shortchanges the socioeconomic events that form his trio of killers their relentless onslaught and the language that describes it evokes the Cormac McCarhty of No Country for Old Men, Outer Dark, and Blood Meridian. Nunn’s tales of blasted border landscapes and redemption also remind of David Corbett’s work.

  • Erin
    2019-03-22 01:23

    This is Kem Nunn at his best, showing you the dark side of living at the border and all the scary shit that goes on down there. Why hasn't some brilliant director snapped up his work?????

  • Stephen
    2019-03-01 00:20

    Rolling the North American Free Trade Agreement, the resulting industrial pollution, surfing, a working-class California beach town, the vagaries and terrors of the U.S.-Mexican border into literature takes some doing, but “Tijuana Straits” does it well. Kem Nunn's thriller depicts an obscure corner of the country and fashions a novel example of “Surf Noir,” never leaning too much on that one aspect, but mixing it with others just right, so that “Straits” is one story about a number of different things. The story unfolds (unravels?) in the Tijuana River Valley lying between the southernmost city in California, Imperial Beach, and the neighboring Mexican city for which it is named. “...the valley beyond her window, as a great repository of bones and dreams as one was likely to find, and above which a flock of shorebirds broke suddenly from beaches beyond her sight.”It's about a washed-up waterman named Fahey whose legend was earned surfing Tijuana Straits under the tutelage of an elusive and sainted sensei, Hoddy Younger.“Goat Canyon, Smuggler's Gulch, Spooner's Mesa...He showed him how to find these landmarks from the water and how to line them up with the old Tijuana lighthouse at the edge of the bullring so that he could wait for the waves in the spots from which he would be able to catch and ride them.”Mired in grim mid-life, Fahey runs a floundering worm farm in Imperial Beach, of which he says, “This is the end of the line, the only beachtown in California no one wants, where the sewage meets the sea.”Along with the toxic brew that flows via the Tijuana River into the valley, polluting the estuary and chasing surfers from the beach break, locals like Fahey are at the forefront of the human wave surging at the base of the high-tech walls built to keep them out of the U.S. Still they come: “And so you would see them, scarecrows with frightened eyes loitering in the shadows of the fence, along the cement walls of the flood control channel, at the bottom of every gully, clear to Las Playa, where they huddled amid the reek of excrement in the shadow of the bullring at the edge of the old people's park, fingering rosaries and counting out their luck.”Fahey lives with these darknesses seeping up from the south in his own way: “He did not ask to hear the man's story or to what end he might have come, then or at any other time, and would in fact go to his own grave without knowing it, for by his own measure the world was composed of sad stories and he saw no reason to learn another.”Until he runs into Magdalena, an outcast of a different type, given over to saving the world, or some very small part of it. An orphan and product of convent life, for her, “The hereafter would be what it would be. The struggle itself was the act by which one gave meaning to the world.”They collide on a dark windy beach at the border fence one evening and her perils become his, and the story is about how Fahey rebuilds himself in order to help she who has broken the terminal nature of his loneliness and decline.

  • Gayle
    2019-03-15 01:22

    I so enjoyed Kem Nunn's writing. The book was a Kindle Daily Deal and I am so happy I bought the book. I plan on reading other novels by Kem Nunn. I can't get the characters or places out of my mind. My favorite book this year.

  • Diane Hallam
    2019-02-28 20:29

    After reading this book, you will never think of Imperial Beach, California the same again. The author lives in Imperial Beach and knows the surfing culture and darker underbelly of this beach town that lies so close to its neighbor, Mexico, that it can't help but also be an extension of that country. When the rains come, Imperial Beach not only suffers the onslaught of Baja's toxic runoff, but also creates havoc with the local intrepid denizens of the Tijuana basin. This is a fascinating read. As dark as Nunn paints IB, he also leaves his reader wanting to be a part of what makes it so unique.

  • Carolanne
    2019-03-01 21:18

    ACCURATE STAR RATING= 3.5why did I read this book?I bought it at the San Diego State University book store. what caught my eye was a gold sticker on the cover that read "local author." the cover itself wasn't very appealing to me, personally.PROS:the writing is actually pretty good! I was pleasantly surprised considering I'd never heard of him before. I like that I can relate to the location in this book and I even went and hunted down some of the location sites in Imperial Beach. the story moves along pretty well and the characters are likeable, for the most part. Kem Nunn has a good grasp on local character, biology, and urban setting. I appreciate that he described the run-down conditions of Tijuana, Mexico, without degrading the people. CONS: the use of the phrase "in point of fact." I like this phrase. I think I first encountered it while reading Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner, but don't quote me on that. HOWEVER, Nunn uses this phrase like 4, 5 times. I'm not entirely sure why this bugs me, but it does. The ending is a bit vague. I don't want to describe the ending in too much detail, but the death of a character is by water-borne illness and I wanted more detail and interaction with the character at this stage. also, there was a very detailed description of a character's career in Mexico, but it didn't ever really tie in with the main story to me. he could have been a little less wordy and had a better book.VERDICT:overall a decent read and especially interesting for people who live in the San Diego area.

  • Lukasz Pruski
    2019-03-09 19:03

    I live about 20 miles from where the action of Kem Nunn's "Tijuana Straits" takes place. Mr. Nunn's feel for the place is extraordinary. The plot of the novel is interesting and the characters of Sam Fahey and Magdalena are rich and well drawn. Magdalena is a young woman from Mexico trying to uncover environmental crimes committed by factory owners. Sam is a famed surfer with a criminal past and a heart of gold. Yeah, a bit cliché but still effective. The ending is top notch.Yet, I could hardly finish this book. One reason is that I have no interest in surfing whatsoever. I find all this mumbo jumbo about the Mystic Peak, the Third Notch, the one great wave just boring. Sam could be a state champion in knitting or embroidery, and it would be equally interesting to me. This is, of course, my bias, and I am sorry for it. The main reason for how hard I struggled to read this book is the exalted language. The book is ridiculously overwrought. Pages upon pages of language when one sentence would suffice.Other readers may find this book great and I will understand them. I can't stand books that use ten times more words than needed (a purely personal pet peeve).Two and three quarters stars.

  • Michael
    2019-03-07 17:22

    Interesting but wordy story of a "Big Lebowski" type surfer dude/worm farmer living by the beach along the California Tijuana border who finds a Mexican woman, Magdelena, fleeing for her life after her activist legal confrontation with polluting factory management in Tijuana. The action really picks up in the last half of the story.All of Nunn's characters (Protagonist/loser Fahey, heroine/activist, Magdelena, and the pathetic killer, Armando) are wonderfully developed and interesting. His writing has a real feel for the atmosphere he creates.

  • Sid Davis
    2019-02-20 01:23

    A hapless ex surfer and a Mexican woman pursued by political enemies meet by accident on the US border. Nunn wrote the book that became the terrible action film Point Break, but he's considered a true talent, and he's won some literary prizes. This is his best, I think.

  • Darren
    2019-02-27 19:21

    A dark and seedy surf novel? Yep... Tijuana Straits takes place along the Mexican border, and features a brooding surf legend as its hero. Nunn has a distinctive voice and tells a gripping story full of myth and redemption. Also take a look at Dogs of Winter.

  • Donna
    2019-03-13 00:17

    Smooth noir where the lurking evil quietly edges its way toward the center. The surf lore adds an extra glow. This book has a comfortable cool that walks like a jazz musician.

  • Anne Bellissimo
    2019-03-20 19:18

    Tijuana Straits defines the new surfer noir genre. The characters are too fringe to be compared to Raymond Chandler and the vibe is too 60s and 70s gone wrong to be part of classic noir tales. The plot is timeworn, but not predictable. The writing is beautiful if a bit much at times and Nunn obviously has a feel for the time and place. Other reviewers said the ending was too pat. That requires some thought--I don't know how I would have ended it differently. In this world of constant sequels and characters developed for serials, I thought the ending had a certain amount of integrity. Sam Fahey won't be back to snare my almighty dollar. I will however keep buying Kem Nunn books.

  • Scott Foshee
    2019-03-14 21:28

    Interesting Characters, But the Issues are Not So Black and White"Tijuana Straits" is an understated tale of environmental ruin and personal redemption along the wild, untamed border of California and Mexico. This is not so much a "surf noir" book like Kem Nunn's other novels "Tapping the Source" and "The Dogs of Winter." It is more of a novel about environmental impact on an area and its people.Sam "The Gull" Fahey, former surf legend and prison inmate, lives in a trailer within walking distance of the U.S./Mexican border. He spends his days tending his worm farm, doing speed, saving indigenous birds and hunting down dangerous stray dogs for the bounty money. He surfs no more because his home break along the Tijuana Straits has long since been poisoned by the toxic runoff from factories based just on the other side of the border in Tijuana.Magdalena is a smart Mexican woman, a survivor who saw her mother drowned by the Mexican government opening a dam's spillway to flood out shantytown residents to make way for new corporate development. She now works for a lawyer compiling evidence against toxic factories on the Tijuana side of the border. Magdalena's research begins to hit too close to home for the bad guys, who attempt to burn her files and then hire the horrific Armando to kill her. Magdalena is driven away from Tijuana by the murder attempt and she ends up being saved and nursed back to health by Fahey, a shell of a man himself. She convinces Fahey to help her, and sends him back down to Tijuana to retrieve her files. Meanwhile Armando is headed north across the border, looking for her with an aim to completing his unfinished business.Nunn uses his skill as a writer to give depth to all of his main characters. Take the villain Armando for example. Armando is fearsome, yes, but he is no cookie cutter. We go back into his past to see what made him that way. He wanted to escape the poverty of his upbringing and become a boxer, but instead ends up working in a factory in Tijuana gluing leather covers onto car steering wheels. Armando finds a wife in the factories as well, but the fumes in their work environments are so toxic that their son is born with deformities and dies. Armando escapes his pain by sniffing glue and using various other drugs. When his wife finally leaves him he traces her to a woman's shelter where Magdalena volunteers and he ends up blaming her for his troubles.One problem I had with "Tijuana Straits" is Kem Nunn's love of long sentences. Sometimes one sentence goes on and on for half a page or more, getting harder and harder to follow with each line. I found this tendency distracting, especially in the second half of the book. Also, if you are a fan of surfing from the author's other books, be advised that there is very little of it here.I believe that many like "Tijuana Straits" because of its environmental message. Other than bringing to light these problems along the U.S. / Mexico border area in California, however, very little is actually done about them. I would have liked to see something more accomplished by the end. Also, more of a balanced discussion of the Mexican maquiladoras (manufacturing operations in a Free Trade Zone) would have led to a stronger, more convincing story rather than the one-sided "take my word for it - factories are bad" angle Nunn mostly takes. The issue is not so completely black and white as this.

  • Erik
    2019-03-17 21:08

    Kem Nunn is the progenitor of a unique style of fiction loosely referred to as “surf noir.” He hit the literary scene in the early ’80s with his first surf-stunner, Tapping the Source, which has become a beloved work of cult fiction regardless of its limited availability.If you ask ANY surfer why he or she surfs, chances are they will all give you a similar answer; that there is a zen-like peace that comes from the intensity of surfing; the perfect union of body, mind, spirit, and nature. Nunn certainly captures this glory in his novels, but he doesn’t shy away from the occasional dark side of surf culture, particularly in his native Southern California and all of the misbegotten beach ghettos between San Diego and the Mexican border. This stretch of land may boast some of the best surf on the planet, but it is also home to vicious gang members, junkies, rapists, and down-and-out surf pros who have lost their way and succombed to lives of quiet, drug-addled desperation. This is the California of Nunn’s novels, and these are the characters that bring his powerful stories to life, reminding us that the grass is not always greener, and that even in one’s darkest hour, there is always a chance for redemption and peace.Tijuana Straits gives us the split perspective of two protagonists. We have Sam (the Dove) Fahey, a meth-addicted, alcoholic worm farmer, (not to mention, former surf champion), who lives alone near the Cerro Colorado valley, (a wasteland among the smog of borderland-Mexico). His only neighbors are random packs of feral dogs. We also have Magdalena Rivera, a political activist from Mexico who has devoted her life to fighting environmental pollution in Mexican cities, and also to helping women in need, women who are victims of Tijuana’s ultra violence. The novel’s antagonist comes in the form of Armando Santoya, a drug-crazed madman hellbent on revenge against Magdalena, whose activism he blames for the loss of his wife and child. Armando’s obsession with killing her takes him across the border into California where, with the help of his hedonistic cronies, he commits many ghastly violent crimes, stopping at nothing on his hunt for Magdalena.One morning during one of his routine drug runs, Fahey finds Magdalena on the American side of the border, badly beaten and near dead. Although he has become accustomed to having zero human contact, Fahey still feels the need to help Magdalena and nurse her back to health. Magdalena, in return, helps him come to grips with the man he used to be versus the man he has become. They must fight for their lives as Armando and his gang close in on them, but during their struggle, they open themselves to one another and to the seemingly unforgiving environment in which they live.Every character in this wonderfully gritty novel is very organic, where even a monster like Armando is essentially a victim of a world gone awry. Kem Nunn possesses a rare talent in using society’s castaways as a means of gaining our sympathy, while also paving their paths for redemption. Also, you will REALLY want to hit some waves after reading one of this books.

  • Sylvia Johnson
    2019-03-02 17:30

    For a change of pace I picked up this page turner taking place along the border with Mexico. Not only was it exciting, fast-paced reading, I also learned much about what it is like to live on the border and the surfing community with its heroes and lifestyle.

  • Tony
    2019-03-10 17:13

    TIJUANA STRAITS. (2004). Kem Nunn. ***1/2.Nunn is a writer from Southern California, in an area close to the setting for this book. It tells the story of an encounter between a worm farmer – a previous star in the world of surfing – and a young Mexican woman who is trying to force American-owned factories in the Tijuana area to curb their toxic waste output in an effort to eliminate the sickness and death that such effluent causes. The young woman, Magdalena, becomes the object of a manhunt by the owners of the factory, who employ several sub-human agents to convince her to stop her exposure. The worm farmer, Fahey, gets enmeshed into the project when he discovers Magdalena stumbling around on the American side of the fence between this country and Mexico, injured by the business owners’ agents. The novel represents an excellent combination of themes into ecology and trade relations, carried along by a base of pure ‘thriller.’ Nunn has a marvelous talent for descriptions of landscape and the less-than-human pursuers of the young woman. Once into the story, I found the book to be electrifying and difficult to put down. The action scenes of the encounters between the goodies and the baddies were skillfully written. Nunn has written several other novels that I plan to look up, including his former nominee for the National Book Award.

  • amiantos
    2019-03-19 19:22

    Kem Nunn writes novels that are both beautiful and scary, filled with characters who feel as if they embody the separate aspects that form the whole of who I am, where I've been, and who I've yet to become. He captures the Southern California that it truly is, not the nice parts but also not the stereotypically ghetto parts, the parts where actual people live out their mostly useless but proud lives. Tijuana Straits is yet another, a tale of loss and redemption just like any other tale, beautifully woven and full of suspense. You worry at every turn that something terrible is about to happen, and while they do they are never what you expected. I had tears in my eyes finishing this one. Can't give a novel higher praise than that. The Gull will forever exist in my mind.

  • Rich Flammer
    2019-03-10 18:23

    This book's a real nail biter, replete with romance, social and political commentary, suspense, prose, hope and gore. Nunn paints many vivid pictures here, albeit many of them dark, but mostly honest portrayals of a fascinating, almost unknowable region of the U.S. and northern Baja California, Mexico. It begins quick and compelling and draws you in... halfway through you're dying to flip every subsequent page, wanting to peek at the next chapter. No, I don't work for Nunn or the publisher. I just liked the book that much. If you're living in Southern California or have any interest in the border region, I'd highly recommend embarking on this epic adventure Nunn has penned.

  • Yves
    2019-03-10 17:20

    Tijuana Straits est un très bon livre qui m'a permis de mieux comprendre la situation dans laquelle vivent malheureusement plusieurs Mexicains. C'est la pauvreté et le travail dans des usines où ils se font exploiter et y perdent la santé.le livre raconte l'histoire d'une jeune activiste mexicaine que l'on a tenté d'assassiner et qui est recueillie par Sam Fahey, un ancien surfeur qu a vécu une vie difficile.J'ai une seule chose à reprocher à ce roman. Je n'ai pas trop aimé la finale qui était trop typique des thrillers américains. Explosion, fusils et méchant sanguinaire, la recette est trop souvent la même. au moins, une histoire solide aide le livre à se distinguer.

  • Blaine Morrow
    2019-03-14 20:09

    Showing the dark side of the San Diego - Tijuana area, this book tells a crime story intelligently and almost philosophically. Fahey, the hero, is a tragic figure who rises to the occasion to perform nobly. Magdalena, the heroine, is almost too good, too fragile, but she provides a terrific motivation to change and to do better. The villain is similarly tragic and appropriately fearsome, although - true to the novel's social conscientiousness - the real villains are elsewhere and less easily identified.

  • Judi
    2019-03-02 17:08

    Poornima Apte reviewed this for MostlyFiction.com in 2004 (http://mostlyfiction.com/mystery/nunn...) and it has been on my TBR list ever since. I jumped on it when it was offered as a Kindle Daily deal last month. All five senses are engaged throughout this gritty novel with a social conscious. It is far more than "surfer noir;" it is about the environment, big American corporations' reckless pollution, worm-farming and more. A great visit to Tijuana Straits from the safety of my own reading chair.

  • Leilani
    2019-03-17 00:02

    This was my first Kem Nunn novel. I hesitated to give it a 4 or a 5, but sitting in it's afterglow I have to go with 5. It's outside my usual type of plot, and I actually started and stopped the book twice. But once I got into it, it held me. Nunn's writing is poetic and dark, making for an unexpectedly beautiful combination. The characters are well thought out and the plot pacing is perfect for what it was trying to convey: Slow and steady at first, then dramatic but still thoughtful. Great read.

  • Lenny Husen
    2019-03-11 21:17

    Kem Nunn is incredible. This book describes the underbelly of the Mexican/USA border with all the corruption and exploitation that the USA has done to innocent people. I don't believe Nunn exaggerates in doing this. The male protagonist is an ex-surfer, drug addict, failure, loser, and Christ figure. The female protagonist exemplifies the idealist.On the other hand, my husband didn't really enjoy the book.

  • Louis
    2019-02-26 20:15

    My first experience with surfer noir. The hero is different because he always has the next tasty wave to look forward to when he needs to escape. This is not played for laughs; the worldview of a surfer dealing with the crime and corruption along the California-Mexico border makes up for the lack of a strong mystery. I would like to read more of his novels even though I wasn't crazy about "John From Cincinnati;" Kem Nunn was one of its producers.

  • Gaëlle-Anne
    2019-03-03 22:04

    Un conte mystique sur fond de frontière mexicano / américaine. Un univers envoûtant, vivant. On ne comprend pas forcément les personnages mais finalement c'est comme dans la vraie vie. Chacun a sa propre trajectoire qui croise (ou plutôt heurte !!) celle des autres pour s'en détacher finalement. Chaque détail compte pour construire cette fresque tragique.

  • Devin
    2019-03-10 17:30

    At times, Nunn finds astonishing ways to describe his characters and the sliver of the US/Mexico border that they share. At other times, he fashions an incredibly violent, thrilling plot. But then he also takes the time to develop his characters and the forces that draw them into this story. So color me astonished, thrilled and charmed. This was a good read.

  • Carlos
    2019-02-21 00:22

    Another very excellent piece of writing by Kem Nunn and another trawl through the dregs of society, both innocent and evil. This is very much an environmental exposé, but it has a fairly riveting, well structured plot. Like Pomona Queen, it is at times difficult to take in its sordidness, but at the same, very powerful.

  • Tuck
    2019-02-20 00:23

    this was the first kem nunn book i read and really enjoyed his sense of place, insider info of shoremen, seemingly very knowledgeable about drugs culture, music culture, the beach scene in socal. plus the old white hat vs black deal. Its the darkest underside of every beach boys song, surfers trying to get over.