- Series: Repairman Jack (Book 6)
- Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (April 19, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081255731X
- ISBN-13: 978-0812557312
- Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 1.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Haunted Air : Repairman Jack (Repairman Jack) Mass Market Paperback – April 6, 2004
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“F. Paul Wilson is a hot writer, and his hottest, and my favorite, creation is Repairman Jack.” ―Joe R. Lansdale
“Jack is righteous!” ―Andrew Vachss
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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There is an old lady in this book who literally tells Jack and Gia not to go into a house just before something wrong goes wrong -- every time. (The last novel the same thing happened, so this shouldn’t have been a surprise.)
Anyway, long story short, if you ever skip a book, skip this one. Which is a shame because I loved two bothers who are portrayed in the book. They are new and entertaining. Hoping they turn up in some way down the road.
This book doesn't slow down, the pace is eventful and it's a lot of fun watching Jack do his fix-its and seeing how they turn out. Jack is resourceful and the events in the book are not boring. Each book advances the story line and the reader knows the grand finale is going to be worth getting there. I would recommend this book and all the other Repairman Jack books to readers. After reading the THE SOURCE and THE KEEP which are not Repairman Jack books but good stories on their own especially the one that starts it all THE KEEP, I would say that any book by F Paul Wilson is worth reading and who knows you might get lucky and find a copy at the Dollar Store cheap. Then have the bad luck of wanting the other books and breaking your budget to get them. But what a lot of wonderful, enjoyable hours reading some remarkable books. Now, I'm going back to Repairman Jack and turn the page and see what happens.
The Haunted Air is the sixth novel featuring Jack, a no-last-name sort of guy who exists on the fringes of society and is a last resort for folks who can't get justice through legal means. Jack will assist - for a price - and usually has clever ways of dealing with problems. As the Haunted Air begins, Jack has been dragged to a party by his lover Gia. A normally solitary type (outside of Gia and her daughter Vicky, he has few attachments), Jack hates being in social situations, especially if they include some "artists" whose airy pretenses conflict with Jack's more pragmatic views.
During the party, Jack and Gia are dragged to the home of a pair of psychics to help retrieve a lost item. Jack sees through the psychics immediately (he's experienced with con games), but soon the pair - a couple of young men from the tough streets of Detroit - are coming to Jack for help. The two have been targeted by another so-called psychic who thinks they're invading her territory, and that's just the beginning of their problems: there's something nasty in the basement and its powers are getting stronger.
While Jack deals with the rival psychic, he is also hired to spy on a man who may become violent during the new moon. Jack's task in this case is to keep an eye on the man during the evenings and prevent him from endangering others. As it turns out, the man is completely sane but has a far more sinister agenda than mere acts of violence. And as is often the case in Repairman Jack novels, two seemingly unrelated stories will eventually tie together.
Beyond the tale itself, there are links to other stories in the series (as well as the early Wilson novel, The Keep), so a new reader is best off starting at the beginning. (I had originally started with Gateways (book seven), so I am finally caught up to where I should be.) And not everything will be resolved in the larger stories of Repairman Jack's life. Most notably, Jack and Gia are now expecting a baby, which puts Jack's lack of a legitimate identity in crisis.
Wilson is a consistently good-to-great writer, and The Haunted Air is right at that quality level too. If you've enjoyed other works by him, this one will also please you; if you are new to Wilson, you should read this eventually but start with The Tomb first.