Legacies: A Repairman Jack Novel

Legacies: A Repairman Jack Novel

by F. Paul Wilson

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Overview

Repairman Jack isn't your average appliance repairman--he fixes situations for people, often risking his own life. Jack has no last name, no social security number, works only for cash, and has no qualms when it comes to seeing that the job gets done.

Dr. Alicia Clayton, a pediatrician who treats children with AIDS, is full of secrets, and she has just inherited a house that holds another. Haunted by painful memories, Alicia wants the house destroyed--but somehow everyone she enlists to help ends up violently killed. The house holds a powerful secret, and Alicia's charmless brother Thomas seems willing to do anything to get his hands on that secret himself.

But not if Repairman Jack can find it first!

Legacies is the first thrilling novel in the Repairman Jack series from bestselling author F. Paul Wilson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250196811
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 11/14/2017
Series: Repairman Jack Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 138,766
File size: 2 MB

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.
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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CHAPTER 1

FRIDAY

1. "It's okay!" Alicia shouted as the cab jerked to the left to swing around a NYNEX truck plodding up Madison Avenue. "I'm not in a rush!"

The driver — curly dark hair, a Saddam Hussein mustache, and swarthy skin — didn't seem to hear. He jogged his machine two lanes left, then three lanes right, hitting the brakes and gunning the engine, hitting and gunning, jerking Alicia back and forth, left and right in the rear seat, then swerving to avoid another yellow maniacmobile trying a similar move through the morning traffic.

Her cab's net gain: one car length. Maybe.

Alicia rapped on the smudged, scratched surface of the plastic divider. "Slow down, dammit! I want to arrive in one piece."

But the driver ignored her. If anything, he upped his speed. He seemed to be engaged in a private war against every other car in Manhattan. And God help you if you were a pedestrian.

Alicia should have been used to this. She'd grown up in Manhattan. She hadn't been here for a while, though. She'd moved away at eighteen for college and had stayed away for medical school and her residencies in pediatrics and infectious diseases. She hadn't wanted to come back — what with that man and her half brother Thomas still living here — but St. Vincent's had made her the proverbial offer she couldn't refuse.

So now, after a little over a year, she was still getting used to the city's changes. Who'd have believed they'd be able to scour off the grim sleaziness that she'd assumed to be permanently etched on Times Square?

Cabbies too. What had happened to them? They'd always been pushy, brazen drivers — you had to be to get around in this city — but this new crop were maniacs.

Finally they hit the Forties.

Almost there, Alicia thought. Maybe I'll live to see another sunset after all.

But as they neared Forty-eighth she noticed her cab was still in the center lane, accelerating. At first she thought he was going to miss her turn off, then she saw the opening: two lanes to the right, behind a graffiti-coated delivery truck and just ahead of a bus pulling away from the curb.

"You're not!" Alicia cried. "Please tell me you're not going to try to —"

He did. And he made it — just barely — but not without forcing the bus to slam on its brakes and give him a deafening blast from its horn.

The cabbie floored it along the open stretch of Forty-eighth, then swerved violently rightward toward the curb. The cab jerked to a halt at the address Alicia had given him when she'd slid into its rear seat down in Greenwich Village.

"Six-seventy-five," he said.

Alicia sat there fuming, wishing she were strong enough to break through the partition and throttle him. She wasn't. But she could give him a taste of his own medicine — in reverse.

Slowly, she inched toward the curbside door, opened it with the greatest of care, and edged herself out. Then she took out her wallet and began to count her change ... carefully. She had about two dollars' worth. She picked out a dollar-seventy-five in dimes and nickels.

"Come on, lady," the cabbie said, leaning over the passenger seat and looking up at her through the window. "I haven't got all day."

Alicia made no sign she'd heard him as she slowly pulled five singles from her wallet, one ... at ... a ... time. Finally, when she had exactly six-seventy-five in her hand, she handed it through the window.

And waited.

It didn't take long — three seconds, tops — before the driver popped out his door and glared at her over the roof of his cab.

"Ay! Where is tip?" He pronounced it teep.

"Pardon me?" Alicia said sweetly. "I can't hear you."

"My tip, lady! Where is it?"

"I'm sorry," she said, holding a hand to her ear. "Your lips appear to be moving, but I can't hear a word you're saying. Something about my slip?"

"My tip, goddammit! My tip! My tip! My fucking tip!"

"Did I enjoy my trip?" she said, then let her voice go icy. "On a scale of one to ten, I enjoyed it zero ... exactly the amount of your tip."

He made a move to come around the cab, probably figuring he could intimidate this slight, pale woman with the fine features and the glossy black hair, but Alicia held her ground. He gave her a venomous look and slipped back into his seat.

As she turned away, she heard the cabbie shout an inarticulate curse, slam his door, and burn rubber as he tore off.

We're even, she thought, her anger fading. But what an awful way to start a beautiful fall day.

She put it behind her. She'd been looking forward to this meeting with Leo Weinstein, and she wasn't going to let some crazy cabbie upset her.

At last she'd found an attorney who wasn't afraid to tackle a big law firm. All of the others she'd tried — those in her limited price range — had reacted with a little too much awe when they'd heard the name Hinchberger, Rainey & Guran. Not Weinstein. Hadn't fazed him in the least. He'd read through the will and within a day came up with half a dozen suggestions he seemed to believe would put the big boys on the defensive.

"Your father left you that house," he'd said. "No way they can keep it from you. Just leave it to me."

And so she'd done just that. Now she was going to see what he'd accomplished with the blizzard of paper he'd fired at Hinchberger, Rainey & Guran.

She heard a honk behind her and stiffened. If it was that cab ... She turned and relaxed as she saw Leo Weinstein waving through the open window of a silver Lexus. He was saying something she couldn't catch. She stepped closer.

"Good morning," she said.

"Sorry I'm late," he said. "The LIE was jammed. Just let me pull into the garage down there and I'll be right with you."

"No problem."

She was almost to the front door of the building where Cutter and Weinstein had their offices when she was staggered by a thunderous noise. The shock wave slammed against her back like a giant hand and almost knocked her off her feet.

Turning she saw a ball of flame racing skyward from the middle of the block, and flaming pieces of metal crashing to the ground all about her. Cars were screeching to a halt as pedestrians dove for the pavement amid glittering shards of glass tumbling from windows up and down the block. Alicia jumped back as a blackened, smoking chunk of a car trunk lid landed in front of her and rolled to her feet.

An icy coil of horror tightened around her throat as she recognized the Lexus insignia.

She craned her neck to look for Leo's car, but it was ... gone.

"Oh, no!" she cried. "Oh, my God, no!" She hurried forward a few steps on wobbly knees to see if there was anything she could do, but ... the car ... nothing was left where it had been ... just burning asphalt.

"Oh, God, Leo!" she gasped. "Oh, I'm so sorry!"

She couldn't breathe. What had happened to all the air? She had to get away from here.

She forced her stricken body to turn and blunder back up the sidewalk, away from the smoke, the flames, the wreckage. She stopped when she reached Madison Avenue. She leaned against a traffic light post and gulped air. When she'd caught her breath, she looked back.

Already the vultures were gathering, streaming toward the flames, wondering what happened. And not too far away, sirens.

She couldn't stay here. She couldn't help Weinstein and she didn't want to be listed as a witness. The police might get it into their heads that she was hiding something, and they might start looking into her background, her family. She couldn't allow that. Couldn't stand it.

Alicia didn't look for a taxi — the thought of being confined was unbearable. She needed space, light, air. She turned downtown.

Poor Leo!

She sobbed as she started walking, moving as fast as her low-heeled shoes would allow. But even if she'd worn her sneakers she would not have been able to outrun the guilt, the terrible suspicion that she was somehow responsible for Leo Weinstein's death.

2. "Thank God you're here!" Raymond said as Alicia walked though the Center's employee entrance. "I've been beeping you since eight o'clock. Why didn't ...?" His voice trailed off as he looked at her. "Christ, Alicia, you look like absolute shit."

Actually, that was a generous assessment of how she felt, but she didn't want to talk about it.

"Thank you, Raymond. You don't know the half of it."

She didn't head for her office, but toward the front reception area instead. Raymond paced her.

"Where are you going?"

"Just give me a minute, will you, Raymond?" she snapped. "I'll be right back."

She regretted being so short with him, but she felt stretched to the breaking point. One more tug in the wrong direction ...

She was vaguely aware of Tiffany saying hello as she hurried past the reception desk on her way to the front door. Stepping aside to allow a middle-aged woman and her two grandchildren to enter, Alicia peered through the glass at the street outside, looking for the gray car.

She was sure it had followed her back from Forty-eighth Street. At least she thought it had. A gray car — what would you call it? A sedan? She didn't know a damn thing about cars. Couldn't tell a Ford from a Chevy. But whatever it was, she'd kept catching sight of this gray car passing her as she walked. It would turn a block or two ahead of her, and disappear for a few minutes, then cruise by again. Never too close. Never too slow. Never a definite sign of interest in her. But always there.

She scanned Seventh Avenue outside, half expecting to see it roll by. Across the street and slightly downtown, she checked the curb in front of her least favorite part of the St. Vincent's complex. The O'Toole Building squatted at the corner of Twelfth. Its white-tiled, windowless, monolithic facade did not fit here in the Village. It looked as if a clumsy giant had accidentally dropped the modernistic monstrosity on his way to someplace like Minneapolis.

No gray car, though. But with all the gray cars in Manhattan, how could she be sure?

Her nerves were getting to her. She was becoming paranoid.

But who could blame her after this morning?

She headed back to her office. Raymond picked her up in the hall.

"Now can we talk?"

"Sorry I snapped at you."

"Don't be silly, honey. Nobody snaps at me. Nobody dares."

Alicia managed a smile.

Raymond — never "Ray," always "Raymond"— Denson, NP had been one of the original caregivers at the Center for Children with AIDS. The Center had MDs who were called "director" and "assistant director," but it was this particular nurse practitioner who ran the place. Alicia doubted the Center would survive if he left. Raymond knew all the ins and outs of the day-to-day functions, all the soft touches for requisitions, knew where all the bodies were buried, so to speak. He clocked in at around fifty, she was sure — God help you if you asked his age — but he kept himself young-looking: close cropped air, neat mustache, trim, athletic body.

"And about my beeper," she said, "I turned it off. Dr. Collings was covering for me. You knew that."

He paced her down the narrow hallway to her office. All the walls in the Center had been hurriedly erected and the haste showed. Slap-dash taping and spackling, and a quick coat of bright yellow paint that was already wearing through in places. Well, the decor was the least important thing here.

"I know," he said, "but this wasn't medical. This wasn't even administrative. This was fucking criminal."

Something in Raymond's voice ... his eyes. He was furious. But not at her. But then, what?

A premonition chilled her. Were her personal troubles going to spill over into the Center now?

As she continued walking she noted knots of staff — nurses, secretaries, volunteers — all with their heads together, all talking animatedly.

All furious.

An icy gale blew through her.

"All right, Raymond. Lay it on me."

"The toys," he said. "Some rat bastard motherfucker stole the toys."

Astonished, disbelieving, Alicia stopped and stared at him. No way. This had to be some cruel, nasty joke. But Raymond was anything but cruel.

And were those tears in the corners of his eyes?

"The donations? Don't tell me —"

But he was nodding and biting his upper lip.

"Aw, no."

"Every last one."

Alicia felt her throat tighten. Strangely enough — and she damned herself for it — this was hitting her harder than Leo Weinstein's death.

A man she knew, a man with a wife and family was dead, and yet ... and yet ... this felt so much worse.

She'd met Weinstein only a couple of times. But these toys ... she and Raymond — especially Raymond — had been collecting them for months, sending staff and volunteers to forage all through the city for donors — companies, stores, individuals, anybody. The response had been slow at first — who was thinking about Christmas gifts in October? But once Thanksgiving was past, the giving had picked up. Last night they'd had a storeroom full of dolls, trucks, rockets, coloring books, action figures ... the works.

This morning ...

"How?"

"Pried open the outer door and took them away through the alley. Must have had some sort of panel truck to hold everything."

The ground floor of this building had been a business supply store before being converted to the Center for Children with AIDS. The former owners probably had loaded their delivery trucks the same way the thieves had stolen the gifts.

"Isn't that door alarmed? Aren't all the doors alarmed?" Raymond nodded. "Supposed to be. But the alarm didn't go off."

Poor Raymond. He'd put his whole heart into this effort.

Alicia reached her office, tossed her bag onto her desk, and dropped into her chair. She was still shaken. And her feet were killing her. She closed her eyes. Only halfway through the morning and she felt exhausted.

"Did anything like this ever happen to Dr. Landis?"

Raymond shook his head. "Never."

"Great. They wait until she's gone, then they strike."

"I think that's all for the best, don't you think? I mean, considering her condition."

Alicia had to agree. "Yeah, I guess you're right."

Dr. Rebecca Landis was the director of the Center — at least she had the title. But she was in her third trimester and developing preeclamptic symptoms. Her OB had ordered her to stay home in bed.

This only a week after the assistant director had left to take a position at Beth Israel, leaving the place to be "directed" by Alicia and the other pediatric infectious disease specialist, Ted Collings. Ted had begged off any directing duties, claiming a wife and a new baby. And so the burden of administrative duties had fallen on the Center's newbie: Alicia Clayton, M.D.

"Any chance it was an inside job?"

"The police are looking into it," Raymond said.

"The police?"

"Yes. Been here and gone. I made out the report."

"Thank you, Raymond." Good old Raymond. She couldn't imagine how he could be more efficient. "What do they think about our chances of getting those toys back?"

"They're going to 'work on it.' But just to make sure they do, I want to call the papers. That okay with you?"

"Yeah, good idea. Make this a high-profile crime. Maybe that'll put extra pressure on the cops."

"Great. I've already spoken to the Post. The News and the Times will have people here later this morning."

"Oh. Well ... good. You'll see them, okay?"

"If you wish."

"I wish. Tell them it's not just stealing, and it's not just stealing from little kids — it's stealing from kids who've already got less than nothing, who're carrying a death sentence in their bloodstreams and may not even be here next Christmas."

(Continues…)



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Before the live bn.com chat, F. Paul Wilson agreed to answer some of our questions:

Q:  Thanks for taking the time to chat with us, Paul. Let's talk about your new Repairman Jack thriller, Legacies. What is Repairman Jack up to in Legacies?

A:  The usual -- kibitzing with Abe, hanging at Julio's, buying junky tchotchkes for his apartment, and taking on fix-it jobs from people with no place else to turn. He's hired to recover Christmas toys stolen from a center for children with AIDS. He does such a good job that the director, Alicia Clayton, hires him for a personal problem, and that's when the serious trouble begins: She wants him to torch the family home in Murray Hill she's just inherited. Jack refuses, fearing the whole block will go up along with it.

But his curiosity is piqued. He learns that a shadowy group with deep pockets and international connections wants that house so badly they're willing to pay any price for it and kill anyone who stands in their way. Three people are already dead. What's the house's secret? And why won't Alicia take the millions offered?

Q:  Your last Repairman Jack novel was the New York Times bestseller The Tomb, first published in 1984. Why have you waited until now to bring back Repairman Jack in novel form?

A:  Jack never went away, really. He's been in half a dozen short stories and novelettes since The Tomb, mostly in small press anthologies, plus Stalkers and Night Screams. And he was a major player in the Nightworld ensemble. But up to now I've resisted the zillions of requests from readers to bring him back in his own novel.

All right, maybe not zillions, but easily millions. Okay, not millions, but thousands, for sure. Let's face it -- a book stays in print for 14 years, with lots of those copies getting passed around two or three times, you pick up a ton of readers. But back in the '80s I wasn't ready to commit myself to a series character; I had other types of novels pounding on the inside of my skull, and I had to let them out.

Also, Jack is very special to me. I didn't want to cheapen him by shoehorning him into plots where he didn't really fit just because I had another Repairman Jack novel due. But over the years, I've Dutch-ovened a number of ideas I feel are worthy of him. Legacies is the first.

Q:  For the benefit of those unfamiliar with Repairman Jack, how would you describe your popular protagonist?

A:  Maybe I should just list a few aspects of Jack's life:

1) He never pays taxes, has no Social Security number or driver's license (well, he does, but they're bogus) -- and as far as officialdom is concerned, he doesn't exist.
2) He hires out for cash to "fix" situations that have no legal remedy.
3) He considers himself a small businessman and tries not to get emotionally involved.
4) He almost always gets emotionally involved.
5) He has a violent temper that he manages to control -- usually.
6) He's a firm believer in Murphy's Law and tries to prepare for it.
7) He's low-tech -- not a Luddite, but he believes technology is especially vulnerable to Murphy's Law. (I just now got him a computer in Legacies.)
8) He believes that men are from Mars, women are from Venus, and government is from Uranus.

Q:  Do you personally share any qualities with Repairman Jack?

A:  Six and eight of the above. Not number one, unfortunately.

Q:  Although Legacies, like The Tomb, stars Repairman Jack, Legacies is a very different novel. The Tomb contains many horror and supernatural elements, while Legacies is a straight-up thriller. Does this change say anything about your opinion of the current state of horror fiction?

A:  It says that this is how things worked out best for Legacies. Having Alicia Clayton's house hide an eldritch supernatural evil didn't work; having it hold the key to a weird, science-fictiony, world-changing technology did.

I consider myself a thriller writer -- I wrote SF thrillers in the '70s, horror thrillers in the '80s, medical thrillers in the '90s, and the next few books will be Repairman Jack thrillers. After that, who knows? I still write horror -- I just sold a very retro vampire novelette to a major horror anthology. I suspect there'll be a weird element in every Jack novel, but varying levels of weird, different kinds of weird. I can't seem to get away from weird (even my medical thrillers had horror elements) but I don't want to be too predictable. And I sure as hell don't want Jack to be typed as a psychic detective, some sort of Carnacki the Ghostfinder for the '90s.

Q:  Your thriller Deep As the Marrow, which was published last year, touched on the controversial subject of drug legalization. Legacies pays considerable attention to the horrible reality of children with AIDS. Have you always tried to tie in your novels with contemporary issues, or is this a more recent trend in your writing?

A:  Story gets first priority -- always. I try not to let anything (including myself) come between the reader and the story I'm telling. But when I can address an issue I care about, and make it integral to the story, then I go for it. I firmly believe that the only way to beat drugs is to legalize them; that provided a great MacGuffin for Deep as the Marrow, so I used it. The issue of children with AIDS (or worse, crack babies with AIDS) is a fallout from the so-called war on drugs -- they're the war's unseen victims.

But the real reason Legacies revolves around a center for children with AIDS is a newspaper article I read a while back about the theft of a supply of Christmas toys from a similar center in Manhattan. I freaked. I wanted Repairman Jack to be real so I could sic him on the oxygen wasters who'd stoop so low. And in Legacies, I got to do just that.

Q:  Your heroine in Legacies is Dr. Alicia Clayton, a physician who works in a dilapidated, poorly funded center for children with AIDS. Have you visited centers like this one? How do you use your experiences as a doctor in your novels...and specifically in Legacies?

A:  I've cut my practice to two days a week (I can't seem to let go completely), but even when I was fully into it, AIDS was not a factor in my blue-collar bedroom community. Treating AIDS is almost a subspecialty in itself these days, so I consulted a couple of experienced practitioners for the nitty-gritty details in Legacies. A good deal of my practice has always been pediatrics, so I'm familiar with sick kids; but when I visited an urban center for children with Aids, let me tell you, it breaks your heart.

Q:  Much of the action in Legacies takes place in an urban environment, namely New York City. What aspects of a big city do you feel enhance a thriller such as Legacies?

A:  A character like Jack, who lives in the interstices of society, needs a big city to maintain his lifestyle. Jack doesn't like being out of the city -- he gets jittery in the wide open spaces, and he thinks trees should be evenly spaced and grow out of holes in pavement. But Jack's city isn't just any city -- it's New York City, the urban paradigm, wellspring of the best and the worst of everything. No other place like it in the world.

I went to high school in Manhattan during the '60s; I got to know it intimately, above and below the pavement. I use it now as a character, centering the action in different neighborhoods. (But I may drag Jack far out of Manhattan for a book -- just to shake him up.)

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Legacies (Repairman Jack Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Jack is the man
Fan_8 More than 1 year ago
Sit back and enjoy the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I think this a great read and read I did. From cover to cover in two days. It left me with a feeling of Andrew Vachess books. The charecters are very similiar.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great+novel.+Ebook+needs+some+corrections.%0A
Liltuscany on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even better than book one, this is a series to really enjoy. I think they went downhill after three though, with the author's need to champion causes and be pro-lots of things that are unnecessary. Legacies is one of the best books I have ever read and I loved it. A page turner, unique, just the best.
JechtShot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alicia Clayton, a doctor who suffered a very traumatic youth, returns to New York City to run a center for Children born with HIV. Her father passes away and leaves Alicia with everything, including a very cryptic will that alludes to secrets within her childhood home. Alicia wants nothing to do with her father or any of his possessions, but something was left behind and millions of dollars are being offered to her to sell the property. What lies in these haunted walls that a Saudi Arabian will kill countless people to retrieve? Why is a Japanese diplomat in pursuit of this same mystery? Repairman Jack is called to the case and in true "just Jack" fashion he teams up with Alicia, hunts the hunter and unravels a riddle that is literally worth billions and has the potential to change the world.Fans of Repairman Jack will enjoy the second book in the series, Legacies. The writing is a bit more polished and the supernatural element that persisted throughout "The Tomb" is disbanded and replaced with a bit more of a realistic storyline. Legacies is an action packed thriller ripe with Repairman Jack goodness.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This one was even better than The Tomb (the Repairman Jack book before this one). If you're a fan of F. Paul Wilson, OR if you want to read a book where the bad guys get their butts kicked in the end, you'll like this one. I can't help it...I'm absolutely drawn to this stuff. F. Paul Wilson can tell a great story -- with all of the plot twists and turns, it's obvious that while this isn't a great piece of literature, this man has an incredibly good mind.So here's a bit of the story:If you're familiar with Repairman Jack, he's sort of like the guy on that old TV series (which I also used to love) The Equalizer...where you can call him and if he thinks you have a good case, he'll help you out. His methods are somewhat unorthodox, because Jack is a "non-person," but he does get the job done. In this installment a doctor who heads an AIDS clinic for children gets in touch with Jack because someone has stolen a storage room full of Christmas toys from the AIDS clinic. The kids who were to get the toys were kids who were not only AIDS patients, but some of them were crack babies or born with other very sad problems, so Jack agrees to take on getting the toys back. But in the meantime, he knows that there's something the doctor (Alicia) is hiding & she finally comes out with it. It seems that she inherited her dad's house but there is some kind of secret in it that some very bad people are willing to pay millions for. While she doesn't want to necessarily live in the house, she wants to know what is going on and hires Jack. So as the story unravels, Jack is there at every turn ...and the excitement just doesn't stop.Fun fun fun -- and worth every second I stayed up late to finish it.
TadAD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this one a bit better than The Tomb. It had the same interesting characters as the first book and I found the plot a bit more interesting. The biggest difference was simply that this kind of story seems to work a little better as a straight thriller rather than having elements of the supernatural in it.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Repairman Jack is back. After a 14 year hiatus, the series continues with its sophomore title. "Legacies", in my opinion, is a more tightly paced book, compared to "The Tomb" as the focus is on the here and now, with no flashbacks. There is also a certain lack of the supernatural (which abounded in the prequel) which should make some readers less skeptical about the story this time.Although this book is fun in general, with Jack's usual flair for action (or reaction) and tricks, people interested in reading this book should be strongly warned about some of the subject material in this volume. Though nothing objectionable against the story, it should be warned that Jack is facing some pretty scummy antagonists. For those who have a weak stomach against childhood traumas, you should probably stay away.For the rest of you, enjoy.
NovaStalker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know if the author has HIV or knows someone close to them who contracted it around the time he started writing the book but he really didn't hold back about it to the detriment of the book.The first quarter of the book is just him on a soapbox preaching about the evils of HIV and the suffering of the children in the clinic. He lets up on it for a while but every now and then he will bring it back up with a long passage about how awful it all is completely out of nowhere.Now I'm all for there being a message in a book but Wilson is SO lacking in subtlety he might as well be beating us over the head with a 2x4 and it really distracts from the actual story of the book which isn't at all related to HIV or anything about it. Alicia who could just as easily have had any other job in the world and it wouldn't have changed the story in the slightest HIV, crack babies and unwanted children have no bearing at all.If I'm honest, if it was any other subject matter I would have come away from this book less sympathetic for the cause than I was going in just for Wilson being so obnoxiously in your face about the whole thing.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first full Repairman Jack novel. Alicia is a doctor in a NYC pediatric AIDS clinic. She has inherited an unwanted house from her father, but doesn't want her brother to have it, either. He is pressuring her, and people are dying around her as she tries to fight him off. What is so special about that house? Why does she hate is so much? And can Jack help?
Bastett More than 1 year ago
This was the first dissapointment in the series. I didn't care for the ending. Just felt like the author gave up. Great opening especially the part where Jack dresses up as Santa and beats the tar out of a crook to get back some stolen toys and gives it back to the orphanage the crook stole them from. Not the best book in the series. You can skip this one if you really want to go onto the next great book.
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PKS2013 More than 1 year ago
I read "The Tomb" in high school and had always meant to pickup the subsequent "Repairman Jack" novels. Only recently (with the purchase of a Nook) did I get around to starting up the series. Well worth the wait on my part as I thoroughly enjoyed "Legacies" and have started the third in the series as well as the short stories. Excellent read, well paced, and fun!
goldieinaz More than 1 year ago
Fantastic book!!! The author does such a good job that it is hard to put down. Going to go on to the next book in the series. It's like a reviewer said, "Sit back and enjoy the ride." Highly recommend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just what I needed....another series that I can't put down. Just discovered the Repairman Jack series and read the first two books in a couple days. Ready for more.
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