Under the Skin: A Novel
James Rudolph Youngblood, aka Jimmy the Kid, is an enforcer, a "ghost rider" for the Maceo brothers, Rosario and Sam, rulers of "the Free State of Galveston," who are prospering through illicit pleasures in the midst of the Great Depression. Raised on an isolated West Texas ranch that he was forced to flee at age eighteen following the violent breakup of his foster family, Jimmy has found a home and a profession in Galveston -- and a mentor in Rose Maceo.
Looming over Jimmy's story like an ancient curse is the specter of his fearsome father. Their ties of blood, evident since Jimmy's boyhood, have been drawn tighter over time. Then a strange and beautiful girl enters his life and a swift and terrifying sequence of events is set in motion. Jimmy must cross the border and go deep into the brutal and merciless country of his ancestors -- where the story's harrowing climax closes a circle of destiny many years in the making.
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Under the skin: a novelUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Blake's previous legends of anti-heroes (e.g., Red Grass River) fascinated readers, and his latest will be no exception. Set in Galveston, with forays into west Texas and Mexico during Prohibition ... Read full review
Review: Under the Skin: A NovelUser Review - Nick - Goodreads
I enjoyed it more than the other book I have read by Blake, Wildwood Boys, but had similar issues with both. It seems with both books hat the author wants us to sympathize with the main character, who ... Read full review