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"Sentence by sentence Nunn achieves a muscular eloquence - I almost wrote elegance - unusual in what at first appears to be a genre novel. There hasn't been fiction this good about a San Francisco medical professional gone off the rails over a woman since Frank Norris' deluded dentist in the 1899 novel 'McTeague.'"--Alan Cheuse "San Francisco Chronicle "

"Kem Nunn's suspenseful and sinewy thriller demonstrates the mastery of psychological insight and cool observation his readers have learned to rely upon. Nunn's characters range from pathological multiple personalities to a police detective bent more ways from sundown, all of them dangerous characters who would never for a moment let their professional or personal corruption interfere with murder, especially if it concerns an affair of the heart. That Dr. Eldon Chance, the tormented hero attempting to make his way through the chambered psyches of these lost souls is by profession a forensic psychiatrist makes for a deadly, absolutely satisfying storytelling. Chance is suspenseful contemporary crime fiction unrivaled in its intensity."--Robert Stone, author of Damascus Gate

"Chance takes place in the twilit world of noir, where people and things are never what they seem...For all the mayhem - its ending is delicately funny."--New York Times Book Review

"Is it too much to compare Kem Nunn to Raymond Chandler? Like Chandler, Nunn's great subject is what lies beneath the surface, the desolation that infuses us at every turn. . . The power of this disturbing and provocative novel is that it leaves us unmoored among the signposts of a morally ambiguous universe in which, even after we have finished reading, it is uncertain who has been feeding whom."--Los Angeles Times

"The book could be considered a pulp masterpiece. It has everything from a femme fatale to a dystopian setting where the California sun is blotted out by a black-ash fog from wildfires burning around the Bay. Chance is the kind of everyman whose bad choices are noir staples. But calling it pulp would undersell the sheer genius of the writing, which uses the convention of mystery-thrillers to create a psychological allegory of Freud's construct, id, ego and superego at war with themselves."--Arizona Republic

"Lives spin out of control and rattle like pinballs through the greedy, self-destructive, violent backdrop of this American life."--Los Angeles Magazine

"Brilliant and cerebral psychological thriller"--Publisher's Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Kem Nunn is a third-generation Californian whose previous novels include The Dogs of Winter, Pomona Queen, Unassigned Territory, and Tapping the Source, which was made in to the film Point Break. Tijuana Straits won the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Southern California, where he also writes screenplays for television and film.

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JOHN MURPHY
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific writing and an excellent read
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4.0 out of 5 stars un kem nunn en petite forme
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3.0 out of 5 stars ... tv series along with reading the book and it pretty much sticks to the
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5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite novel of 2016 (and i read i lot of novels!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars CHANCE GOVERNS ALL
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting character, wonderful narration
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