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Literature: Repairman Jack
The Repairman Jack novels are a series spun off from the Nightworld novels (AKA The Adversary Cycle) by F. Paul Wilson.

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Repairman Jack is a self-titled "fix-it" man, but not in the common workshop sense. He is something of an underground mercenary, hired by everyday people to fix situations that cannot be dealt with through legal means (e.g.: blackmail). He is careful about whom he agrees to do fix-its for, preferring innocent, desperate citizens being victimized with no one else to turn to. These fix-its usually begin simply, but grow into complex problems that begin to involve more and more sci-fi & supernatural elements as the novels continue. The second novel, Legacies, is the only one that is completely free of any overtly supernatural elements.

All of Jack's fix-its are immediately relevant problems in today's world, covering topics such as conspiracy groups, grassroots movements, designer drugs, public shootings, terrorists, legal dealings and scientific & biological experiments. Jack relies on his brain, wits, experience and real-life weapons and techniques to do battle, and though he makes increasing use of supernatural sources of information (a spiritual medium, an indestructible tome of unknown age), he has so far not used supernatural weapons or abilities in battle.

Jack hides his identity from the government by not voting, paying taxes, opening bank accounts, registering guns or cars, or doing anything else that will leave a paper or electronic trail. He uses a TracFone to leave untraceable calls, demands cash only for payment, and stashes his savings in gold coins in his apartment. He consistently wears gloves or wipes surfaces in order not to leave behind traces of his identity. He advertises his services strictly by word of mouth and via an anonymous website.

Repairman Jack has appeared in the following novels:
  • The Tomb
  • Legacies
  • Conspiracies
  • All the Rage
  • Hosts
  • The Haunted Air
  • Gateways
  • Crisscross
  • Infernal
  • Harbingers
  • Bloodline
  • By the Sword
  • Ground Zero
  • Fatal Error
  • The Dark At The End
  • Nightworld

Three Young Adult novels also star Jack as well... a Young Adult.

  • Jack: Secret Histories
  • Jack: Secret Vengeance
  • Jack: Secret Circles

A trilogy has been announced which will cover Jack's life between the Young Adult novels and The Tomb:

  • Cold City — released in 2012


The Repairman Jack series contains examples of:

  • Air-Vent Passageway: Used in Legacies.
  • Alien Abduction: Jim Zaleski's obsession, and the theme of his nightmare.
  • Androcles Lion: Jack reluctantly stops some carnies from abusing Scar-lip when the rakosh is helpless and dying. Later, Scar-lip outmaneuvers Jack in the Pine Barrens and renders him helpless, only to spare his life out of what-little gratitude or honor a half-human rakosh is capable of feeling.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: the Ladies
  • Anti-Hero: Jack
  • The Antichrist: Rasalom, and possibly the unborn child from Bloodline.
  • Anyone Can Die
  • Arc Words: "A spear has no branches"
  • Artistic License - Gun Safety: In The Tomb, Jack hands a woman a gun and tells her that since it's a double action, she needs to cock it before it can fire. In reality, double action means the opposite of that; both cocking and releasing the hammer are achieved simply by pulling the trigger.
  • Author Avatar: Parodied.
    • And then some!
    Jack: "Your books are super." He saw Winslow swell with delight. Authors were so needy.
  • Badass Normal: Jack
  • The Bartender: Julio
  • Berserk Button: Hurt or threaten Vicky, and Jack will go animal on your ass, even if you're a nine-foot-tall rakosh.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Not for the humans, but for the cosmic forces. The Otherness is undeniably evil, but the Ally is far from good: benevolently indifferent at best.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: Averted, Occuli have these but they're not evil. Just really creepy.
  • Blackmail: One of the reasons people to go Jack for help.
  • Body Horror: People conceived or growing up too close to certain nexus points get "touched" by the Otherness and end up mutated to varying degrees.
    • Ah, yes. The "Monroe Cluster"... Picture if you will: A man with tentacles for legs. A woman with a single fused finger on her left hand - and one fused nail. Which later turned into a claw.
      • Fatal Error reveals that these are not mutations but reactivated genes. In ancient times, the Otherness made war on humanity by altering humans into "q'qrs" - six-limbed living weapons that later ages would remember as "demons". The Ally retaliated by releasing a biological weapon that killed all the females of the species. In desperation, the males went on a rape spree, hoping to restore their ranks with Half-Human Hybrids. They were unsuccessful in producing further q'qrs, but a lot of that genetic material remains in the human genome as recessive genes. Dawn Pickering's baby, the result of both sibling and Parental Incest to reinforce those genes to dominance - is a freaking demon!
    • In a non-supernatural example, one of the preppies high on Berzerk tries to free himself from handcuffs by chewing through his own wrist.
  • Buried Alive
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Does it ever. At least it can be bargained with...
  • Carpet-Rolled Corpse: Implied to be how Prather's roustabouts smuggled Doug Gleason's still-living body out of his apartment.
    • Inverted by Tom O'Day, who leaves Garrish's corpse where it lies and wraps the murder weapon, the Gaijin Masamune, up in a rug for inconspicuous transport.
  • Chekhov's Gunman
  • The Chosen One: It's revealed that Jack is actually the backup chosen one, should the current chosen one die. He doesn't want to be. It's unknown just how much the Ally has been influencing his life before.
  • Church of Happyology
  • Cold Sniper: Jack's father
  • Combat Pragmatist: Jack goes out of his way to point out that he isn't particularly good at fighting and that real fights are nothing like what is seen in the movies. As such he is quite possibly the most creative fighter this side of Rorschach in terms of improvising to get an advantage over his opponents.
    • Arguably more so, simply due to sheer creativity. Jack once drove off some thugs in seconds, thus: he squirted stage blood mixed with pepper spray in an attacker's eye, then stuck a rubber eye in his mouth. Result: some no-longer-tough guys screaming OH MY GOD THIS PSYCHO JUST RIPPED OUT MY BUDDY'S EYE AND ATE IT!
  • Comic Book Time: The original editions of The Tomb and Nightworld were written well before the other novels. Most of the others take place in about three years in-Verse, yet were written over a much longer period; references to 9/11 in particular set these stories apart from one another, as it shifts from no-such-thing to very recent to years-old, painful memory in less than a year in-Verse.
  • Con Man: Some of Jack's targets and several of his friends are this.
  • Condensation Clue: The ghost in The Haunted Air writes on a fogged-up mirror to communicate with Lyle.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: A whole bunch of them in, appropriately, Conspiracies. They even had their own convention. Also Weezy and Harris in Ground Zero
    • Abe has some tendencies toward this, too.
  • Cool Big Sis: Kate
  • Cosmic Horror: the Otherness
  • Cosmic Plaything
  • Creator Career Self Deprecation: P. Frank Winslow's character makes fun of writers in general as well as just F. Paul Wilson.
  • Creepy Child: Tara Portman
  • Creepy Twins: the (MIB) Twins.
  • Death by Pragmatism: Subverted
  • Distress Call: Conspiracies begins with one of these asking for Jack.
  • Distressed Damsel: Vicki, a few times.
  • Eldritch Abomination: the Rakoshi
  • Electromagnetic Ghosts: The supernatural presence in The Haunted Air causes a television screen to display programming and commercials from The Eighties, and to do so even after the TV's unplugged and all of its internal components have been removed. It also makes a clock radio's LED display run backwards.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The villain from The Haunted Air sacrifices children without hesitation, yet is repulsed by the suggestion that he or any of his followers might molest such child abductees.
  • Evil Cripple: Kusum Bahkti has only one arm.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: every dog a Lady has
  • Evil Gloating: Rasalom enjoys this.
  • Evil Is Petty: Mauricio expresses a desire to see humans extinct, because they have bad taste in fashion.
  • Executive Meddling: There is no tomb in The Tomb. note 
  • Explosive Leash: Luther Brady keeps the original founder of Dormentalism confined in an isolated cabin with a bomb implanted under the prisoner's skin. Jack and Jamie have to operate to remove it, then leave it in a pan of hot water because it's sensitive to temperature as well as proximity. Unfortunately for the captive, there's a second bomb deeper inside him that he wasn't told about.
  • Eye Scream: Jack keeps his thumbnails long just for this advantage in a fight. He also stabs a fork through a man's eye.
    • You mean through his eye socket. Fork lobotomy!
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Nightfall.
  • Fed to Pigs: Joey Castle threatens to feed the private parts of the terrorists who'd shot his brother to pigs once he's killed them, an act of extreme defilement under their Muslim beliefs.
  • Feed It a Bomb: Jack feeds a grenade to Dora, the two-headed alligator snapping turtle.
  • Fertile Feet: The Lady, occasionally.
  • Framing the Guilty Party: Several times.
  • Gangsta Style: Subverted. A thug tries aiming this way at Jack, who points out what's wrong with that grip. In a painful object lesson.
  • God and Satan Are Both Jerks: While explicitly not God or Satan, the Ally and Otherness fit this trope pretty well. Although necessary for humanity's survival, the Ally is an utterly pragmatic force that engineers the deaths of all of Jack's close blood relatives, plus a lot of innocent bystanders, simply so he won't be distracted from his role as Heir by concern for their welfare. It's only an "Ally" at all because it considers the Earth a poker chip, albeit a cheap one. The Otherness is only inherently worse than the Ally because it actively feeds on suffering, and because humans just happen to be adapted to the Ally's reality, not the Other.
  • Good Is Not Nice: In Wilson's 'verse there's a specific gene set which increases violent impulses - Jack is the most potent carrier on record; e.g., he once tied a man who seduced and impregnated his own unknowing daughter under a truck. At the moment he justified the modernized "draw and quartering" as a kill method which left no trace evidence, but after what was left of the body was identified by DNA testing just a day later, he realized he was just that violently angry. Even he asks himself What the Hell, Hero?.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: In The Tomb.
  • Heroic Neutral
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: In Legacies, Yoshio spends days watching Kemel and Nazer stand, staring awestruck, at a lamp-lit window. He assumes they've got something that requires light sitting under the lamp, because they never turn it off. It's actually the lamp they're staring at, because it's drawing its electricity via broadcast power and they're amazed that it's staying lit at all.
  • Hollywood Satanism: Olive Farina is convinced that Satanists have taken over the government, a delusion that was fostered when an incompetent shrink blamed her weight problems on childhood ritual abuse that never really happened.
  • Human Resources
  • Hive Mind: The Unity
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Miller
  • Immortality
  • Immortality Inducer: Ritual from The Haunted Air. A living child heart has to be eaten between summer solstice and the autumnal equinox every year. After 29 times user stops aging and becomes immune to harm and diseases for as long as ritual is kept up. Or else...
    • Also applies to the Bahktris' necklaces from The Tomb.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Earth isn't even a prize in the fight between the Ally and the Otherness. It's a single poker chip at best.
  • Karmic Death
  • Killer Rabbit: Oyv the (apparent) chihuahua
  • Killer Space Monkey: Mauricio
  • Knight Templar: The Yeniceri
  • Last of His Kind: The last rakosh, and the Mother before it.
  • Light Is Not Good: It is stressed that the Ally does NOT care much about mankind.
  • Made of Indestructium: The otherworldly portion of the Gaijin Masamune katana, which survived the Hiroshima bomb intact even as its normal steel components melted away. The Compendium of Srem, which resisted every method Torquemada could think of to try to destroy it.
  • Mainlining the Monster: In All The Rage, blood from Scar-lip the rakosh is the sole source of the Psycho Serum Berzerk.
  • Mama Bear: Gia
  • The Men in Black: the Twins, the Yeniçeri
  • Mugging the Monster:
    • Jack sometimes wanders at night, dressed like a tourist, waiting for someone evil and stupid enough to attempt to mug him. Then Jack beats the would-be mugger up, takes his money and jewelry, fences the jewelry, and donates the money to a kids' baseball league.
    • Two bandits and later a mugger try to attack Glaeken. The mugger (probably) survives. The bandits are not so lucky.
    • Some yeniceri try to hold up Julio's bar when they're searching for Jack. Julio's has a lot of well-armed customers, so they're forced to back off very, very politely.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The q'qrs, Otherness's living weapons, were four-armed - and, presumably, very dangerous.
  • Multiple Head Case: Dora, the two-headed alligator snapping turtle from Gateways.
  • Never Found the Body
  • Never Smile at a Mutant Crocodile: Devil, the twenty-foot horned alligator
  • Nikola Tesla: Some of his inventions are central to Conspiracies and the "broadcast power" he'd researched is central to Legacies.
  • The Nondescript: Jack works at being this, and also deliberately subverts it when he's undercover so his fake personas will be markedly unlike his real appearance.
  • No Name Given: Jack is just Jack, which makes people uncomfortable addressing him so familiarly.
    • Jack's father and brother are just "Tom" in the text, as it'd give away Jack's surname if the readers learned theirs. Averted with his sister Kate, as she's married and uses her husband's surname.
  • Non-Indicative Name: There is no tomb in The Tomb.
  • Pet's Homage Name: Abe is a gun-dealer and technical expert on firearms: gun design, mechanical specifications, upkeep, customization, and repair. He calls his pet parakeet Parabellum, the name of a specific type of cartridge.
  • Phony Psychic: The Kenton brothers and the Fosters from The Haunted Air.
  • Protectorate: Don't mess with Gia or Vicky.
  • Properly Paranoid
  • Punch Clock Hero: Jack tries to maintain that he's a Punch Clock Hero, but frequently waives client fees and instead takes payment out of seizure of assets from his target.
  • Punctuation Shaker: The q'qrs.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: One of the Ladies rails at both the Ally and the Otherness, yelling for them to leave the Earth alone.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Kusum and Kolabati have been around since the 1800's, and a villain from The Haunted Air claims to be over two hundred. Glaeken has been around much longer than that.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Carl's deformity.
  • Right Wing Militia Fanatic: Miles Kenway
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Harbingers.
  • Running Gag: In Conspiracies, Abe refers to SESOUP by the names of one type of fish soup after another, and Jack always corrects him in exactly the same way.
  • Sacrificial Lion
  • Scars Are Forever: Jack gets horrible scars from the Rakoshi. At one point they glow in the dark.
    • And certain people can see them right through his shirt.
  • Significant Anagram: Rasalom loves using anagrams of his name.
    • Herta also.
  • Significant Monogram: F. Paul Wilson in Bloodline.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: The Westphalens are targeted because of their ancestor's crime (which none of them know about).
  • The Smurfette Principle: Semelee is the only female in the lagoon clan. Other sinkhole-mutant baby girls had been conceived, but were stillborn or died in infancy.
  • Speak of the Devil: Rasalom knows exactly when and where someone says his name. People don't say it to avoid him knowing where they are.
  • Spoonerism: The Shurio Coppe.
  • Stop, or I Shoot Myself!: In Harbingers, Jack holds himself hostage this way when Gia and Vicky are mortally wounded because of the Ally. He threatens to shoot himself if they die, which would deny the Ally of its backup Chosen One. It works.
    • Kate does this to make Jack himself back off when she's under the Unity's control to prevent him from taking her away.
  • Storming the Castle
  • Time Abyss: Glaeken is 14 or 15 thousand years old. Rasalom is several years older.
  • The Powers That Be: The Ally
  • To the Pain: From Gia, of all people, when a reporter asks her what fate is appropriate for serial child molesters.
  • Tome of Eldritch Lore: The Compendium of Srem, which helpfully translates itself into the reader's native language. Then it stops being helpful.
    • To white hats at least...
  • The Trickster: Given a choice he'd rather use his wits than force to solve a problem and he has a somewhat twisted sense of humor.
  • Ultimate Evil: the Otherness.
  • The Virus: The Unity.
  • We Help the Helpless
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Glaeken doesn't at all. He is overjoyed for a chance to live a human life and to get old together with his beloved.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?: Jack receives an explanation as to why the Otherness doesn't kill him off:
    Rasalom: Physical pain is mere sustenance. But, a strong man slowly battered into despair and hopelessness...that is a delicacy. In your case, it might even approach ecstasy. I don't want to deprive myself of that.
    • On the other hand if you happen to find yourself on the business end of Jack's gun and he has a quarrel with you... yeah.
  • Woman in White: Kolabati, when she meets Jack in The Tomb.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language: Cold City includes a long entry of Abe utterly baffling Jack by introducing one Yiddish term after another into a discussion and complaining about having to digress to explain each one.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: Jack becomes the Heir of the Sentinel after he accidentally kills the Twins.


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