- Series: Repairman Jack (Book 8)
- Mass Market Paperback: 500 pages
- Publisher: TOR Books (May 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765346060
- ISBN-13: 978-0765346063
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crisscross: A Repairman Jack Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 2006
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“Fans who prefer Wilson's medical thrillers, like Sims, will nonetheless find delight here.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Crisscross
“There are some writers who, once they settle into an ongoing character, become complacent and happily just write and rewrite the same two of three books over and over again. And then there's F. Paul Wilson, whose Repairman Jack series seems to get better as its hero gets closer and closer to his ultimate fate in Wilson's previous Nightworld…Wilson never lets the pacing lag, using short and punchy chapters to keep the reader turning the page…Crisscross is a new addition to the rich mythology of Repairman Jack. If you haven't made the acquaintance of wither Wilson or his signature character, here's a terrific place to start. And if you have, Crisscross is another great adventure into inner-city weirdness.” ―Fangoria
“Repairman Jack novels are always fun to read, but this thriller, though also quite entertaining and exciting, is much darker than usual. He solves the nun's problem, but the results are not what he or she expected forcing him to take an amoral position with the blackmailer. The Brady problem is simply world threatening. For those who know Jack will know that F. Paul Wilson provides another fantastic reading experience.” ―Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine on Crisscross
“Good stuff, with a nasty twist at times, and Jack's usual efficient methods of correction.” ―Chronicle
About the Author
F. Paul Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of horror, adventure, medical thrillers, science fiction, and virtually everything in between. His books include the Repairman Jack novels, including Ground Zero, The Tomb, and Fatal Error; the Adversary cycle, including The Keep; and a young adult series featuring the teenage Jack. Wilson has won the Prometheus Award, the Bram Stoker Award, the Inkpot Award from the San Diego ComiCon, and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers of America, among other honors. He lives in Wall, New Jersey.
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Jack could be described as a fixer - you got problem and for a fee he can fix it, or a champion of the oppressed - you can't afford a fee, we'll work something out. To the government he doesn't exist. He has never collected a paycheck and has never paid income tax. He has no credit, no credit cards, no FICO score, has never voted, has no social security card, has never been arrested, has no driver's license or passport (at least in his real name). In short he works outside the system totally under the radar.
In Crisscross, Jack has two new clients. One is a strange elderly lady with a dog, named Herta (in the last few books there have been strange ladies with dogs, the last one of which told Jack there would be no more coincidences in his life). It seems her son had joined the fast growing Dormentalist Church and recently she has lost touch with him. The second is a moderately attractive young lady, Maggie, (whom Jack finds out later is a nun) who is being blackmailed for some compromising photos.
To get the lowdown on the Dormentalists, Jack meets with reporter Jamie Grant, who recently ran the first installment of an exposé on the Dormentalist Church. He plans on infiltrating the church by joining, to which Jamie informs him it's not that easy, proceeding to tell him why. Jack, with help from acquaintances, lays groundwork to attract the top gun of Dormentalism, one Luther Bradley by claiming to be one guy while carrying identification which purports that Jack is one Jason Amari, the wealthy son of an even wealthier businessman. Naturally the security chief discovers this and Jack finds himself in with the head honcho, Bradley because of the families apparent wealth.
On the Blackmail end, Jack finds out who the blackmailer is, a crumb named Richie Cordova, who plays at being a private investigator but in reality is a private shake down artist. Jack figures Maggies pictures and others are probably on his computer and he probably has a back up, so he makes arrangement, again with the help of an acquaintance, to introduce a virus into Cordova's computer and follow him to locate the backup.
Things are moving along swimmingly on both fronts when little by little things start to unravel. The Church security chief, a behemoth of a man named Jensen thinks there is something fishy about Amari and continues to check him out, eventually locating a photo of the reclusive Amari and after having all his blackmail files destroyed by Jack, Cordova discovers that it was done purposely by someone and Maggie was the one that hired him.
This story is a little slow getting started but about halfway through it really gets going big time. Wilson does a superb job of merging the two separate undertakings into one remarkably clever ending. As advertised the Domentalist Church is a vessel of the Otherness and Jack must find a way to stop Bradley and save humanity and life as we know it.
As usual, Wilson's writing style is very reader friendly. Wilson, a physician by trade, (or maybe it's a sideline by now) is not interested in talking down to his readers but merely telling his story. His writing is fluid and smooth without too much detail and Wilson has always been a great storyteller with some of the most ingenuous and intriguing plots I have read.
I should probably warn you, there is some brutality, though it is a fact and not described and is mild compared to some previous books by Wilson. I have been reading Wilson since he came out with the book "The Keep" twenty five years ago, which was the first of the previously mentioned Adversary Cycle and was followed closely by "The Tomb", the first Repairman Jack novel.
If you're looking for something a little different, maybe a little bizarre, this certainly fills the bill. The downside though may be that once you've read this novel you may be compelled to go back and see what you missed in previous stories.
The title in this case refers to two jobs that Jack is involved with which will intersect in unexpected ways. In one case, Jack has to bail out a nun whose one sin has been photographed by the same blackmailer that Jack had foiled at the beginning of Gateways. The more significant case, however, is a missing persons case: Jack is hired to find the son of an old woman. The son had recently joined the Dormentalist Church, a cult that is obviously based on Scientology. Though there are similarities, it is soon clear to Jack that the Dormentalists have a sinister agenda, one that is linked to the evil force known as the Otherness.
As Jack has been previously informed, there will be no more coincidences in his life, so it can be no accident that he is brought into two cases. Furthermore, Jack has had several encounters with old ladies with dogs in the past, and his new employer fits in that category. Coincidence? Jack thinks not. And when both the Church leader and blackmailer become nastier and nastier as they fulfill their agendas, Jack will need to get pretty nasty himself.
I personally came into the Repairman Jack series rather late, reading the seventh novel, Gateways first before going back to the beginning with The Tomb. So Crisscross actually begins a new phase in my reading of this series, one in which I have no real idea what the fate of the characters will be. This is not really a good Repairman Jack book to start with; although the plot technically stands alone (and there is a good amount of exposition to link it with other books), this really works best as a component of Wilson's grander storyline. For those who've read the previous books, however, Crisscross is another worthy entry in the series, a fast-moving and fun
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