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Boot Tracks [Paperback]

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When Charlie Rankin is released from prison, he must repay a debt to "The Buddha," his protector, by tracking down and killing a man he has never met.

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Charlie Rankin has recently been released from prison, but prison has not released its grip on him. He owes his life to "The Buddha," who has given him a job to do on the outside: he must kill a man, a man who has done him no harm, a man he has never met. Along the road to this brutal encounter, Rankin meets Florence, who may be an angel in disguise or simply a lonely ex porn star seeking salvation. Together they careen towards their fate, taking the reader along for the ride.

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Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2006
Publisher   Europa Editions
ISBN  1933372117  
ISBN13  9781933372112  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Matthew F. Jones is the author of the novels Deepwater and The Elements of Hitting, Single Shot, Blind Pursuit, and Cooter Farm, each critically acclaimed. He was born in Boston and raised in rural upstate New York. He lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia

Matthew F. Jones currently resides in Charlottesville, in the state of Virginia.

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"Where I'm going to from here, you don't want to go. Believe me."  Jul 22, 2006
For those who like their noir fiction dark, gritty and intense, the stunning crime novel, "Boot Tracks" by Matthew F. Jones is a gripping page-turner. Racking up a deceptively slim 206 pages, this novel delivers a simple story woven with layers of psychological complexity. The novel's protagonist, ex-con Charlie Rankin is released from jail and travels directly to a fleabag motel. He's there to commit a murder at the behest of a manipulative prison cellmate "The Buddha." With Buddha's orders to kill on his brain, the emotionally disconnected Rankin hits town with "no plan, no firm intent, and a sketchy idea" of how to commit the crime.

Rankin strikes up a bizarre relationship with an ex-porn star--a grubby nymphet with a "permanently stunned look" named Florence. While she claims some sort of mystical connection to religion, her beliefs are muddied by her narcotic addiction, and her former career in numerous tawdry films. The morally bankrupt Rankin doesn't have any tolerance for religion, and he views emotion and introspection as weaknesses. Somehow Florence--another one of life's washed up, washed-out rejects has retained an iota of trust and faith in her fellow human beings--whereas Rankin's creed borrowed from Buddha is: "Open up to no one, and leave no trace of yourself." Rankin and Florence have both learned to project their fractured personalities into different zones of existence--Florence through her role-playing in pornographic films, and Rankin by creating an alter ego in order to escape a horrific childhood of constant brutality.

Rankin doesn't question the morality of his plan to kill a total stranger. He's long past the point of morality--although he shows flashes of humanity at the oddest moments. The novel explores Rankin's Proustian psychological journey through 'involuntary memory'--and these childhood memories--usually triggered by acts of violence--offer insight into Rankin's damaged soul. But the memories are clouded with illusions and fantasies, and even Rankin isn't quite sure exactly what exists in his past. As Rankin undertakes his mission to kill, he experiences numerous semiotic events in the form of people and animals that appear along the way to his hellish task.

The novel never loses its tone of despair and frozen isolation. Snow falls on the urban landscape and magnifies the sense of desolation experienced by the characters. The subtle motif of 'boot tracks' appears throughout the novel, and these footprints in the snow represent the irreversible, seminal actions undertaken in life--our actions and the events we experience form the path that leads to our destiny.

A blurb on the back jacket of "Boot Tracks" states that a previous book by the same author, "Deepwater" was made into a film, and I'm not surprised. "Boot Tracks" screams to be on the big screen as a neo-noir thriller. The terse prose of this remarkably visual novel is permeated with sensory immediacy. One can almost smell the stale sweat and the cheap musty perfume rising from the unwashed bodies of the author's unpleasant, alienated and often-grotesque characters. This is a tight, tense read, and one you won't soon forget--displacedhuman
The riveting story of Charlie Rankin  Jul 5, 2006
Boot Tracks by Matthew F. Jones is the riveting story of Charlie Rankin, a recent prison release, and of his debt to "The Buddha" who got him a job on the outside, killing a man he's never met. Carrying readers through Rankin' s skillfully crafted, articulate and original novel that reveals the psychopathology underlying a criminal life, Boot Tracks follows Rankin through his meeting of Florence and their rapid attraction to one another. A true "page turner" of a read, Boot Tracks is especially recommended as a original thriller and clearly documents Matthew F. Jones as an author to look forward to! Readers new to Matthew Jones will want to seek out his early novels: A Single Shot, Deepwater, and Blind Pursuit.

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