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Pomona Queen

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  223 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In seedy Pomona, Dan Brown's brother has been killed. Dan plans his revenge, but it isn't only Buddy Brown who's died. Pomona Queen takes a black-comic look at the desolation of this sleazy demimonde, with its decaying orange groves and its violent, druggy denizens.
Published April 1st 1992 by Atria Books (first published 1992)
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A vacuum salesman makes the wrong stop and gets drawn into an encounter that puts him face to face with a psychopath and in direct grappling with his past, both his own and the squandered history of the Pomona Valley. Terrifying and sad at once this is a look at American decline, a character study, and suspenseful adventure occurring on one very long night. This never goes where you expect so enjoy the ride don’t try to guess what's next.
Nov 29, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-noir
"Dean had, by this stage of the game, seen a number of stiffs. Most, however , had appeared in shining coffins, surrounded by freshly cut flowers and bore little resemblance to what the bikie had in his house. This body was naked and white, stretched out upon a bed of ice in a large red freezer with the words Coca-Cola, and beneath that the phrase "Things go better with Coke," in white script across the side."
Sep 23, 2012 Neven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kem Nunn's stories are supremely strange, combining the simplest and lowest cliches of Americana with bizarrely violent situations. It's all a bit hard to categorize or recommend. Above it all, however, rises Nunn's own style, gripping enough to make any story work. Here, a tale of a vacuum-cleaner salesman sharing with trailer-trash bikers a night of drunken revenge becomes a modern-day adaptation of the history of Pomona, CA. A book that's hard to like but easy to love.
Not a very good book. I mean, I enjoyed it, but compared to Nunn's other work this one pales. The protagonist's obsession with "the one who got away", hell, with everything that he has lost in life, gets really tiresome. The history of Pomona, the orchards and all, is really interesting but I assume most of it is fiction, if not all of it, so in the end I don't think I was educated on anything. The main plot line isn't much of thriller. It almost feels like an outline for what could be a really ...more
Jul 10, 2009 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me the story is not so important when I read Kem Nunn. It's the descriptions that get me. The tortured characters, the history of place and of less-than-perfect-but-not-defeated people caught in bizarre-but-somehow-expected circumstances in landscapes no one really sees. This one had no surf, but who cares,

"It occurred to him as well that he had, after all, been working in the realm of the incomprehensible most of his life."
Nov 29, 2015 Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ken Nunn is a very good writer and zeroes in on the dysfunctional, sometimes brutal, always shortsighted elements of society. This is a very good book but it is hard to take if the reader is particularly empathetic.
May 10, 2010 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I can’t gush over the book, I did really enjoy it. It was a fun adventure filled with sketchy characters, depressed surroundings and good old fashioned violence. See my full review here.
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Jul 12, 2014 Gregory Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my introduction to the fiction of Kem Nunn. The book unfurls like a dusty, nasty indie film. Well worth your time if you like dusty California noirs.
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I liked the descriptions of LA, and the history, but just not my type of story.
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Kem Nunn (born 1948) is an American fiction novelist, surfer, magazine and television writer from California. His novels have been described as "surf-noir" for their dark themes, political overtones and surf settings. He is the author of five novels, including his seminal surf novel Tapping the Source. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Irvine.

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