Under the Skin: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Feb 3, 2004 - Fiction - 304 pages
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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 novel

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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

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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

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
22
Section 3
38
Section 4
57
Section 5
78
Section 6
99
Section 7
113
Section 8
115
Section 14
212
Section 15
220
Section 16
222
Section 17
231
Section 18
246
Section 19
256
Section 20
267
Section 21
271

Section 9
128
Section 10
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Section 11
141
Section 12
157
Section 13
160
Section 22
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Section 23
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Section 24
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About the author (2004)

James Carlos Blake is the author of nine novels. Among his literary honors are the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Southwest Book Award, Quarterly West Novella Prize, and Chautauqua South Book Award. He lives in Arizona.

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