F. Paul Wilson
Summary (from Goodreads): The first of three Repairman Jack prequels, revealing the past of one of the most popular characters in contemporary dark fantasy: a self-styled “fix-it” man who is no stranger to the macabre or the supernatural, hired by victimized people who have no one else to turn to.
We join Jack a few months after his arrival in New York City. He doesn’t own a gun yet, though he’s already connected with Abe. Soon he’ll meet Julio and the Mikulski brothers. He runs afoul of some Dominicans, winds up at the East Side Marriott the night Meir Kahane is shot, gets on the bad side of some Arabs, starts a hot affair, and disrupts the smuggling of preteen sex slaves. And that’s just Book One.
Review: I was so excited to discover this new author, who has written quite a few novels about this character named Repairman Jack. This book is a prequel to his other novels, so I know there will be lots of other books to read, and in fact I've already checked out another of his books from the library. The character reminds me a little of Jack Reacher, in that he solves other people's problems in clever ways, but there's a lot more descriptions of violence in this book. This book is the first in a prequel trilogy, and my biggest complaint about it is that it didn't have an ending. AT ALL. There was no cliffhanger, it just stopped, making me wish I could pick up the next book and start reading it immediately to learn how the stories end. And the next book isn't due out for a while. I hate it when authors do that.
Rating: 4 stars