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The ''Repairman Jack'' novels are a series spun off from the ''Nightworld'' novels (AKA ''Literature/TheAdversaryCycle'') by F. Paul Wilson.

Repairman Jack is a self-styled "fix-it" man, although the more accurate description would be that of a "moral mercenary" -- working underground to help people with problems who have no one else to call on. Of course, these cases are rarely simple, as Jack frequently finds himself having to deal with more fantastic threats and issues with nothing but his own cunning and skills. And all the while he has to keep his true identity and his work on the down low, hidden from actual authorities.

[[folder:List of Repairman Jack 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 YoungAdult 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 YoungAdult novels and ''The Tomb'':

* ''Cold City'' -- released in 2012
!!The ''Repairman Jack'' series contains examples of:

%%* AirVentPassageway: Used in ''Legacies''.
* AlienAbduction: Jim Zaleski's obsession, and the theme of his nightmare.
* AndroclesLion: [[spoiler: 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.]]
%%* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The Ladies%%Of what?
%%* AntiHero: Jack
* TheAntichrist: [[spoiler: Rasalom, and possibly the unborn child from ''Bloodline''.]]
%%* AnyoneCanDie
* ArcWords: "A spear has no branches"
* ArtisticLicenseGunSafety: 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.
* AuthorAvatar: Parodied. And then some!
-->Jack: ''"Your books are super." He saw Winslow swell with delight. Authors were so needy.''
%%* BadassNormal: Jack%%How?
%%* TheBartender: Julio
* BerserkButton: Hurt or threaten Vicky, and Jack ''will go animal'' on your ass, even if you're a nine-foot-tall rakosh.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: 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.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: Averted, Occuli have these but they're [[DarkIsNotEvil not evil]]. Just really creepy.
* {{Blackmail}}: One of the reasons people to go Jack for help.
* BodyHorror:
** 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 [[spoiler:''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 [[{{Gendercide}} killed all the females of the species]]. In desperation, the males went on a rape spree, hoping to restore their ranks with HalfHumanHybrids. 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 [[BrotherSisterIncest sibling]] '''and''' ParentalIncest 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.
** In Jack's vision of what the future will hold if Unity spreads, a young infected woman's attempt to contaminate a store full of people by coughing fails, so she slits her own wrists and spins in place, spraying everyone nearby with Unity-contaminated blood.
* BuriedAlive
* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: Does it ever. [[spoiler:At least it can be bargained with...]]
* CarpetRolledCorpse: Implied to be how Prather's roustabouts smuggled Doug Gleason's [[spoiler: 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.
%%* ChekhovsGunman
* TheChosenOne: It's revealed that [[spoiler:Jack is actually the ''backup'' chosen one, should the current chosen one die. [[RefusalOfTheCall He doesn't want to be.]] It's unknown just how much the Ally has been influencing his life before]].
* ChurchOfHappyology
* ColdSniper: [[spoiler:Jack's father.]]
* CombatPragmatist: 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 [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} 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!
* ComicBookTime: 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.
* ConMan: Some of Jack's targets and several of his friends are this.
* CondensationClue: The ghost in ''The Haunted Air'' writes on a fogged-up mirror to communicate with Lyle.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: [[AvertedTrope Yeah, no.]] Numbers ''definitely'' make a difference when it comes to this series.
* ConspiracyTheorist:
** 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.
%%* CoolBigSis: Kate%%Cool how?
%%* CosmicHorror: The Otherness
%%* CosmicPlaything
* CrazyPrepared: Jack attempts to cultivate this. He's perfectly willing to admit that he's not an infallible fighter, and he wins most of his fights through careful preparation and misdirection.
* CreatorCareerSelfDeprecation: [[AuthorAvatar P. Frank Winslow]]'s character makes fun of writers in general as well as just F. Paul Wilson.
%%* CreepyChild: Tara Portman%%Creepy how?
%%* CreepyTwins: The (MIB) Twins.%%Creepy how?
* CurbStompBattle: Subverted; While Jack tends to win a lot of his fights hands down, it's quite rare that he ''actually'' beats someone down the way this trope would imply. Truth be told, he spends more time outthinking and outmaneuvering his opponents than he does fighting them, and a great deal of his victories required loads of prep-time beforehand.
** That said, this trope got played completely straight in ''Legacies'', during a job involving some toys stolen from a donation center. [[spoiler: After Jack found out who the person was that was responsible, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments he donned a]] [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Santa Claus costume]], put on some weighted gloves, and proceeded to beat the living shit out of the guy. Even gets lampshaded by the ass-kicking victim himself.]]
--> "Santa threw a punch like a mule kick!"
** Played straight again in the same novel. After seeing [[spoiler: Alicia Clayton]] get kidnapped, [[BigDamnHeroes Jack comes to the rescue by commandeering a taxicab and stopping the kidnappers' truck himself]]. The driver who comes out to take care of him is only the first victim...
* DamselInDistress:
** Vicki, a few times. That being said, [[JustifiedTrope she's not even ten]].
** As mentioned above, in the ''Legacies'' novel, [[spoiler: Alicia Clayton gets kidnapped and briefly becomes this]].
%%* DeathByPragmatism: Subverted%%Subverted how?
* DirtyCoward: Inverted with Jack, who often deliberately acts like one when the shit hits the fan. Cringing, crying, begging people to please leave him alone and not hurt him...it's all just an act, designed to get opponents to both underestimate him and get close enough for him to go to work. In one scene, he played this to a tee, a gangster stepped close to him in order to slap his face and call him a coward...and Jack kicked the guy in the knee so hard, ''the mook on the other side of the room heard the ligaments pop.'' It doesn't fool everyone, though. Once, a tough guy sneered that Jack was afraid to fight. His partner, older and smarter and more experienced, immediately corrected him, saying that Jack didn't ''want'' to fight, but he wasn't ''afraid'' to fight. He also warned his partner not to get within an arm's reach of Jack.
* DistressCall: ''Conspiracies'' begins with one of these asking for Jack.
* DoesntLikeGuns: Established in ''Host'', where Jack explains that he does not like guns, and would rather live in a world where guns never existed. However, he's [[CombatPragmatist not an idiot]], and since he's likely to come up against armed thugs often, he makes sure he's armed as well.
* EldritchAbomination: the Rakoshi
* ElectromagneticGhosts: The supernatural presence in ''The Haunted Air'' causes a television screen to display programming and commercials from TheEighties, 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.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: 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.
* EvilCripple: Kusum Bahkti has only one arm.
%%* EvilDetectingDog: Every dog a Lady has%%How?
%%* EvilGloating: Rasalom enjoys this.
* EvilIsPetty: Mauricio expresses a desire to see humans extinct, because they have bad taste in fashion.
* ExecutiveMeddling: There is no tomb in ''The Tomb''. [[note]]The publisher insisted on the title. Wilson had just released ''Literature/TheKeep'' and the publishers wanted to maintain the naming convention despite it being (at the time) unrelated. Why Wilson didn't at least call it "The Temple" or "The Freighter" (creepy locales it ''does'' include) isn't clear.[[/note]]
* ExplosiveLeash: Luther Brady keeps [[spoiler: 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. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for the captive, there's a second bomb deeper inside him that he wasn't told about.]]
* EyeScream: Jack keeps his thumbnails long just for this advantage in a fight. He also stabs a fork through a man's eye ''socket''. Fork lobotomy!
%%* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: ''Nightfall''.
* FedToPigs: 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.
* FeedItABomb: Jack feeds a grenade to Dora, the two-headed alligator snapping turtle.
%%* FertileFeet: The Lady, occasionally.%%How?
* FlockOfWolves: The entire upper echelon of the Dormentalists consists of people desperately pretending they're not "Nulls".
%%* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Several times.
* GangstaStyle: Subverted. A thug tries aiming this way at Jack, who points out what's wrong with that grip. In a painful object lesson.
* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: 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 [[spoiler: 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.
* GoodIsNotNice: In Wilson's 'verse there's a specific gene set which [[HotBlooded increases violent impulses]] -- Jack is the most potent carrier on record; e.g., he once tied a man [[spoiler:who seduced and impregnated his own unknowing daughter]] [[WhatADrag 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 ''[[UnstoppableRage that violently angry]]''. Even '''he''' asks himself WhatTheHellHero.
%%* HalfHumanHybrid: In ''The Tomb''.
%%* HeroicNeutral
* HiddenInPlainSight: 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. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* HollywoodSatanism: 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.
%%* HumanResources
%%* HiveMind: The Unity
%%* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Miller
%%* {{Immortality}}
* ImmortalityInducer:
** The ritual from ''The Haunted Air''. [[PoweredByAForsakenChild 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. [[NoImmortalInertia Or else...]]
** Also applies to the [[spoiler: Bahktris' necklaces]] from ''The Tomb''.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: Earth isn't even a prize in the fight between the Ally and the Otherness. It's a single poker chip at best.
%%* KarmicDeath
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Jack does this ''all the time,'' and also sprinkles in a healthy mix of PayEvilUntoEvil when dealing with some of the human monsters he encounters. Once, he gut-shot a terrorist who'd planted a bomb on a plane, killing everyone on board. Wounds like this mean you die ''very'' slowly and ''very'' painfully. The terrorist begged Jack to call a doctor.
--->Jack: "I just asked everyone on the flight you bombed if you should get a doctor. Son-of-a-bitch, you know what happened? Not a single person raised their hand. ''So no doctor for you.''"
%%* KillerRabbit: Oyv the (apparent) chihuahua
%%* KillerSpaceMonkey: Mauricio
%%* KnightTemplar: The Yeniceri
* LastOfHisKind: The last rakosh, and the Mother before it.
* LightIsNotGood: It is stressed that the Ally does NOT care much about mankind.
* MadeOfIndestructium: 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.
* MainliningTheMonster: In ''All The Rage'', blood from Scar-lip the rakosh is the sole source of the PsychoSerum Berzerk.
%%* MamaBear: Gia
%%* TheMenInBlack: The Twins, the Yeniçeri.
* MuggingTheMonster:
** 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.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The q'qrs, Otherness's living weapons, were four-armed -- and, presumably, very dangerous.
* MultipleHeadCase: Dora, the two-headed alligator snapping turtle from ''Gateways''.
%%* NeverFoundTheBody
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: Devil, the twenty-foot horned alligator.
* UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla: Some of his inventions are central to ''Conspiracies'' [[spoiler: and the "broadcast power" he'd researched is central to ''Legacies'']].
* TheNondescript: 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.
* NoNameGiven: 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.
* NonIndicativeName: There is no tomb in ''The Tomb''.
* PetsHomageName: 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.
* PhonyPsychic: The Kenton brothers and the Fosters from ''The Haunted Air''.
%%* ThePowersThatBe: The Ally.
%%* {{Protectorate}}: Don't mess with Gia or Vicky.
%%* ProperlyParanoid
* PunchClockHero: Jack tries to maintain that he's a PunchClockHero, but frequently waives client fees and instead takes payment out of seizure of assets from his target.
* PunctuationShaker: The q'qrs.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: One of the Ladies rails at both the Ally and the Otherness, yelling for them to leave the Earth alone.
* RareGuns: Jack's signature weapon for the first few novels is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semmerling_LM4 Semmerling LM4]], a extremely compact .45 that was practically handmade. This [[HoistByHisOwnPetard bites him in the ass]] during ''Hosts'', when [[spoiler: his use of the gun allows him to be identified by those he's tangled with before.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler: Kusum and Kolabati]] have been around since the 1800's, and a villain from ''The Haunted Air'' claims to be over two hundred. Glaeken and Rasalom have been around [[TimeAbyss much longer than that]].
%%* RiddleForTheAges: Carl's deformity.
%%* RightWingMilitiaFanatic: Miles Kenway
%%* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: ''Harbingers''.
* RunningGag: 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.
%%* SacrificialLion
* ScarsAreForever: 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''.
* SignificantAnagram: [[spoiler: Rasalom]] is forced by mystical covenant to use anagrams of his name as aliases.
%%** [[spoiler: Herta]] also.
* SignificantMonogram: [[AuthorAvatar F. Paul Wilson]] in ''Bloodline''.
* SinsOfOurFathers: The Westphalens are targeted because of their ancestor's crime (which none of them know about).
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Semelee is the only female in the lagoon clan. Other sinkhole-mutant baby girls had been conceived, but were stillborn or died in infancy.
* SpeakOfTheDevil: [[spoiler: 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.
* StopOrIShootMyself:
** In ''Harbingers'', Jack holds himself hostage this way when [[spoiler: Gia and Vicky are mortally wounded because of the Ally]]. He threatens to shoot himself if [[spoiler: they die, which would deny the Ally of its backup [[TheChosenOne Chosen One]]. It works -- but the Ally purposefully leaves Jack's and Gia's stillborn child dead as punishment for defiance]].
** Kate does this to make Jack himself back off when [[spoiler: she's under the Unity's control]] to prevent him from taking her away.
* StormingTheCastle: Jack mounts a few assaults on strongholds of allies of The Otherness.
* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Yes, he did kill a punk named Kenny. Kenny's friends were not happy. "Oh my Christ, he must've killed Kenny!"
* TheyWereHoldingYouBack: "A spear has no branches". Once they decide that Jack will be their weapon, The Ally starts to prune away Jack's ties, starting with [[spoiler:his father]] and then mortally wounding [[spoiler:Gia and Vicky]].
* TimeAbyss: Glaeken is 14 or 15 thousand years old. [[spoiler:Rasalom]] is several years older.
* ToThePain: From Gia, of all people, when a reporter asks her what fate is appropriate for serial child molesters.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: The Compendium of Srem, which helpfully [[TranslatorMicrobes translates itself into the reader's native language]]. Then it stops being helpful.
** To white hats at least...
* TheTrickster: Given a choice, he'd rather use his wits than force to solve a problem and he has a somewhat twisted sense of humor.%%"He" who?
%%* UltimateEvil: The Otherness.
%%* TheVirus: The Unity.
* WeHelpTheHelpless: While Jack bills himself as a mercenary, he does a lot of work on the cheap, or ''pro bono'' for worthy causes.
* WholePlotReference: The villain/ghost plot from ''The Haunted Air'' comes straight out of M.R. James's "Lost Hearts".
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Glaeken doesn't at all. He is overjoyed for a chance to live a human life and to get old together with his beloved.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Jack receives an explanation as to why the Otherness doesn't kill him off:
--->[[spoiler:'''Rasalom''']]: Physical pain is mere sustenance. But, [[ToThePain 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.
* WomanInWhite: Kolabati, when she meets Jack in ''The Tomb''.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: ''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.
* YouKillItYouBoughtIt: Jack becomes [[spoiler: the Heir of the Sentinel after he accidentally kills the Twins]].