|Amazon Price||New from||Used from|
As in his last Repairman Jack novel, The Haunted Air (2002), Wilson deftly contrasts the self-imposed isolation of his vigilante hero with the forced exile of society's outcasts. When he learns that his estranged father is in a coma after a car accident, Jack travels to Florida, where his father has been living in a retirement community, Gateways South, which encroaches a bit further into the Everglades than the brochures would have you think. Jack soon has another run-in with what he calls "the Otherness," a Lovecraftian evil that here pervades a lagoon and the community of mutated rednecks surrounding it. Wilson is unsurpassed in depicting his characters' feelings of alienation as they attempt to comprehend the cosmic forces that have misshapen their lives. Particularly vivid is Semelee, an albino woman-child who achieves a certain degree of domination over her mostly male brethren by virtue (or lack thereof) of her sexuality. Jack's reconciliation with his father, along with the discovery that his father is also no stranger to the finer points of violence, could have been maudlin in the hands of a lesser writer, but Wilson provides just enough conflict between the two to allow their newfound love for each other to be convincing. This one will appeal to horror aficionados and to fans of Carl Hiassen and James Lee Burke.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The new Repairman Jack novel finds our heroic fix-it man on a road trip to Florida, where his father has recently been in a near-fatal car accident. The trip itself is dangerous enough (in the post-9/11 world, it is tough for a man with no official identity and a weapon strapped to his arm to get onto an airplane), but that's nothing compared to the danger he'll encounter in the Everglades. As usual, Wilson intrudes on the action with various pronouncements--witness, for example, the scene in which Jack flicks through stations on a car radio, and we're treated to (presumably) the author's opinions on country music and Lou Reed--but this time the main story, involving a series of murders and some mysterious creatures in the swampy glades, more than makes up for the frequent editorial intrusions. Wilson continues to mix the traditional thriller with elements of the supernatural in ways--not quite horror but more than mystery--that appeal to both sides of the genre fence. David Pitt
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I liked it enough to read it twice. It was like watching a favorite movie from a few years ago.Published 3 months ago by gmann21133
The book begins with an issue with Jack's father in Florida, so FPW has him jetting off to the deep south to check things out. While I kinda prefer Jack hangin' in NYC, the Fla. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Solomon Kane
I have read this book out of sequence but I never joyed it very much,to go back and catch up😃I recommend this book to my friends😉Published 8 months ago by Glenn
A great Repairman Jack book!! This one is one of the best yet &, after the last one -The Haunted Air- a relief from repetition regarding Jack's romance. Read morePublished 10 months ago by S. Griffith
Excellent addition to a great series. I will miss RJ once the last book comes out. But these book will warrant a re-read from time to time.Published 10 months ago by Cappy Dick