Lost in a barrio hocking his wares, Rainbow Air Purifier salesman Earl Dean crosses the doorstep of Dan Brown, a man intent on avenging the death of his brother, Buddy. By the author of Tapping the Source.
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A vacuum-cleaner salesman becomes entangled in a homicidal biker's quest to avenge his brother's murder: Nunn's death-haunted third novel (after Tapping the Source, 1984; Unassigned Territory, 1987) is as much about southern California's spacious past as its druggy, tacky present. After a few weeks on the job, 40-ish Earl Dean has become one of the best salesmen in town (Pomona, south of Los Angeles); the ``aging hipster'' is putting together the money to claim his inheritance and oust his stepfather from the land first settled by his great-grandfather, an orange grower. But bad luck brings Dean to the house of Dan Brown, ``full-blown white trash,'' who once killed a cop and is now getting seriously drunk guarding the corpse of his brother Buddy until he learns who killed him. This opening segment is magnificent black comedy, as Dean tries to pacify the unpredictable biker (``the man could go off''). Then word arrives that Buddy was stabbed by a wild woman with blond dreadlocks, leader of a band called Pomona Queen, and Dean, a great believer in secret signs, has a flash: The same name was used for the artwork on his great-grandfather's packing crates. The rest of the novel alternates between the buildup to a climactic confrontation with the alleged killer at a mall concert, and Dean's thoughts as he rides around town, the prisoner of Dan and his henchmen--for Dean, high as a kite but also badly shaken after various escape attempts, keeps seeing ``the pale grid of the dead'': especially his great- grandfather, shot mysteriously as Pomona's Chinatown was torched, and his one true love, Rayann, dying insane after too many bad trips. Much of the suspense ebbs away (despite a plot twist involving the killer's identity) as Nunn sifts through the layers of Dean's karma, and as Pomona's past rolls in like fog; still, Nunn remains an exciting writer, working close to the edge. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Pomona, Calif., is the setting for Nunn's remarkable exploration of the seedier side of his native state. (Apr.) *CHILDREN'S BOOKS
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Book Description Pocket Books, New York, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. The third novel from this American Book Award nominee. Set in Southern California, ( Nunn's home turf ), one jacket blurb describes the tale as, "terrifying and hilarious", what a combination. This new, unread copy is signed on the title page by Nunn. Book and BroDart protected jacket are gift quality, without faults. First edition / first printing. Ships in bubble wrap in box. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # BX105-5
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