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Crisscross: A Repairman Jack Novel (Repairman Jack Novels) [Mass Market Paperback]

F. Paul Wilson
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (1 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780765346063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765346063
  • ASIN: 0765346060
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Repairman Jack takes on two challenging cases involving a nun who is being blackmailed by someone who has secret photos of her and an elderly woman's missing son, who has disappeared within a secretive cult with ties to some of the biggest names in entertainment, sports, and politics. Reprint.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb read, gripping to the last 17 Jan 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Although vaguely reminiscent of the Short Story "A Day in the Life", this is a fantasticly enjoyable book with a sharp twist at the end. Jack combines two seemingly unrelated jobs...a nun is being blackmailed, whilst another woman- again claiming to be his mother- has lost a son to a mysterious cult. Although continuing the descent toward Nightworld, this book is much more of a stand alone novel than say Gateways, and as such would not be a bad place for new readers to start. Wilson has an incredible knack for creating horrible characters who you cannot help but hate, whilst Jack has the ability to bring them down and give them a justly hideous fate. All in all, this is a very satisfying read, and it leaves you aching for more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, Clever, Clever 2 Mar 2005
By Mr D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
To those who know him, Repairman Jack is without a doubt the most beloved of the contemporary fictional figures, bar none. He has a fan club, Stephen King is a charter member, after his first book and a couple short stories, he disappeared for ten years and was bought back by popular demand.

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.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repairman Jack for President 2 July 2004
By Samuel L. Smith II - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a big F. Paul Wilson fan and a huge Repairman Jack fan. I paid the $55.00 for the limited edition book. Why? Two reasons. One, I collect books (and actually read them). Two, I did not want to want for the trade edition to come out. Crisscross was worth well worth the money and time I spent reading the book. I have all of the Gauntlet Press Repairman Jack books.
Repairman Jack is a fix-it guy. If you have a problem, he will fix it for you. He lives on the fringe of society. He does not have a social security number, nor does he pay taxes. In Crisscross, there are two story lines that tie in together. A nun, who is caught on film in a compromising position wants Jack to get back the pictures. Two, a mother wants Jack to find her son who is deeply involved in a world wide cult with sinister ties.
Crisscross is a stand alone book, but is part of Wilson's Adversary series (I think it fits into the Lovecraft Universe). Most of Wilson's books and short stories (including an anthology that he edited) tie into his Adversary Universe. His books are awesome and I'm happy that I've started reading them about four years back.
Wilson is definitely one of the best writers out there. If you don't want to spend $55 on a limited edition, you can wait until it is released in trade hardback or paperback. In the meantime, you can pick up trade hardbacks and paperbacks of the Adversary series (The Keep, The Touch, The Tomb, Reborn, Reprisal and Nightworld), and the Repairman Jack books (The Tomb, Legacies, Conspiracies, All the Rage, Hosts, Gateways, and The Haunted Air).
This is the best series out there.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Repairman Jack's date with destiny draws nearer 4 April 2005
By Henry W. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
F. Paul Wilson published his first horror novel, The Keep in 1981. Discussing the book in Horror: 100 Best Books, J. N. Williamson wrote, "It is difficult...to imagine anything essential to the genre's form which was omitted. Whatever a reader or reviewer of horror fiction thinks primary-necessary in the sense of originality of idea, basic to tight plotting and its progression, desirable in characterization and imperative in terms of suspense, surprise and the inexorable buildup of the total storyline from event to event, chapter to chapter-seems to me present in Dr. Wilson's work."

After The Keep, Wilson published five more books in what he came to call the "Adversary Cycle": The Tomb (1984), The Touch (1986), Reborn (1990), Reprisal (1991), and Nightworld (1992). Apocalyptic fiction at its best, the Adversary Cycle introduced several concepts that came to form the core of much of Wilson's fictional universe: the ancient, evil entity called Rasalom, his eternal opponent Glaeken, the town of Monroe, Long Island (Wilson's analog of Arkham, Oxrun Station, and Castle Rock), the wandering healing spirit known as the Dat-tay-vao (first seen in The Touch), and the modern pulp hero known as Repairman Jack.

The secretive Jack, who conceals his existence from the world, made his first appearance in The Tomb. Not wanting to be locked in to writing a series character, Wilson left him near death at the end of that novel, only to have him reappear in Nightworld, playing a key role in frustrating Rasalom's bid to enslave humanity. Jack's fans proving persistent, Wilson responded with a new Repairman Jack novel, titled Legacies in 1998, following it with Conspiracies (1999), All the Rage (2000), Hosts (2001), The Haunted Air (2002), and Gateways (2003). Set between the events in The Tomb and Nightworld, the books chronicle Jack's growing awareness of the battle between Rasalom and the entity he refers to as `the Otherness" or " the Ally." Similar to the late Isaac Asimov, Wilson is working to link the bulk of his fictional output, subtly revising the books in the Adversary Cycle to fit the new continuity he is creating through his Repairman Jack novels.

CrissCross, the latest installment in Jack's ongoing saga, finds Dr. Wilson in excellent form. As is his custom, he gives Jack two problems which inevitably converge-as Jack was told in an earlier story, there are no more coincidences for him. This time out, the repairman attempts to rescue a convert to the up and coming religion of Dortmentalism, at the same time trying to extricate a Catholic nun from a sticky blackmail situation. Rather than reveal too much of Wilson's engaging plot, let's just say that the author seems to take great pleasure in complicating Jack's already complex existence; readers, especially fans of rugged types like Travis McGee, will delight in watching Wilson extricate his creation from the deadly situations he's concocted. Their only qualm will come from the realization that as Jack draws closer to his date with destiny, the series will inevitably draw to a close. Enjoy it while it lasts.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure without the shame 26 May 2004
By "bloodymary22" - Published on Amazon.com
In one day I found an author that delivers a thrill ride packed with more delicious corruption and gratifying pleasure than any indulgence to date. Here is a guilty pleasure without the shame.

With no knowledge of the previous books in the Repairmen series, I can honestly tell you that I had no trouble reading this latest addition. In fact, after reading it, I actually hunted down the illustrious Igor for pleas of more. The plot starts out wickedly simple and ordinary only to twist and continuously re-shape; submerging you into Jack's world while keeping you unaware about just how far you've come. The outline is where the familiar territory ends and the ingenuity begins. The subplots, there are many, interweave delicately and connect with a subtle but intense impact. The pace in the book is dead on. There is no speed up, it starts out with a bang and maintains momentum through out the story.

The atmosphere is filled with a sense of nail biting apprehension. Wilson definitely pulls off a state of urgency and malevolence, infusing you into a state of tension and fear. The author's style of writing is tight and candid, without even a smidge of overly complicated unnecessary Big Words.
Without a doubt, the characters are what truly scored a touchdown for me. Jack is just like any ordinary guy, flaws and all. The champion in this collection, you not only begin to know him, but also eventually begin to rally for him not only to win, but also to prevail. The secondary characters are detailed with the same voracity and dedication as the central player. You will find no skimping here, nor any over-the-top embellishments. What you are given is a cast of characters that you could find anywhere, even your local tavern.

My rating? Are you certifiable? I give this book a 24 karat 5 . With an entanglement of violence, retribution and the supernatural, Wilson strikes gold! Go out and buy it new, NOW.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great Repairman jack thriller 12 Oct 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Few know that Repairman Jack exists except his pregnant girlfriend Gia, her daughter, and a few other souls that he trusts. People turn to Jack when they need problems solved without the police involved. Jack fixes things for cash only as he has no money or paper trail to follow. Jack seeks a way out of the cold without attracting attention so that he can marry Gia.

While he ponders his problem, two cases come to him. Maggie the nun says that someone is blackmailing her with illicit pictures of her with her lover; she wants jack to destroy the pictures before the Church finds out. Maria hires Jack to learn if her son is okay since she lost contact wit him when he joined the Dormentalist Church whose founder Luther Brady believes that burying certain designated pillars in specific locations will fuse this world with its mirror realm leading to paradise regained.

Jack destroys the pictures with a little help from a hacker, but when Maggie informs her lover that they no longer have to pay the extortionist, tragedy occurs. Jack learns about the pillars and what will happen once Brady finishes planting them; he must stop the false prophet at all costs to save the world as we know it.

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.

Harriet Klausner
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