All The Rage is the fourth novel where Repairman Jack is the central character (although he did have a role in the novel NightWorld). The Tomb was the original RJ Novel written back in 1984, incorporated into Wilson's Adversary Cycle. It took F Paul Wilson over a decade before he decided to resume the adventures of Jack in novel form. Legacies and Conspiracies were the results, with this fourth installment following closely on their heels.
All The Rage is centred around a new drug that has hit the streets of New York, called Berzerk. RJ is hired by two different clients who are interested in the same man, a big time hoodlum who's dreams are only exceeded by his vanity.
Jack is developed within this story in yet more new ways as he struggles with the home life he wishes for and the anonimity to the system he has created for himself. The story twists and turns as the source of the new drug is revealed, and RJ gets a chill run down his back with the discovery that it is an old friend (in the foe kind of way - if you catch my drift).
Jack solves his problems in a unique and sometimes funny way, whilst maintaining a cold edge that he let's out when the drug threatens the people he loves. The action is tense, the thrills are high and the dialogue flows perfectly.
All Wilson's trade marks are here for old fans to enjoy, whilst not bogging it down with references that would confuse new readers.
I loved this book, finished it within a day of receiving it, and I can not wait for the next installment.
A film is being proposed based on The Tomb, and RJ could become as iconic as Dirty Harry or James Bond, this character is that good, and this story just makes him better. Read it now, you won't be disappointed.