You know you've found a good book when you find yourself reading it while walking. You know you've really found a really good book when you find an excuse to get up and walk around during the workday just to read it. Such are the Repairman Jack books by F. Paul Wilson.
They're right up my alley: Jack, a modern day vigilante "who dwells in the interstices of modern society" (has no SS number, no credit cards, doesn't exist on paper) and does "fix-it" jobs for people (i.e. seeing justice done when legal channels won't) mostly by referral. He can fight damned good, carries around a very small, easily-concealed gun, and can't tell his dad what he really does for a living (his dad thinks he has some sort of appliance repair job). Best of all, the books take place in and around New York City. Almost every location is a place I've been to. The stories are realistic, but with just enough supernatural elements to please me, who usually sticks to fantasy.
Wilson really knows how to write. It's fast-paced and easy to read, every scene written in the perspective of one person (my favorite point of view; I don't care for third person omniscient) using that person's own language style and colloquialisms. Also, each book is a stand-alone story, but strung together they form a growing threat that Jack has gotten caught up in.
I strongly recommend these books to anyone, starting with the first book, The Tomb. It's definitely best to read them in chronological order, too:
- The Tomb
- The Legacy
- All the Rage
- The Haunted Air