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Wilson, F. Paul, Bloodline, New York, TOR, 2007, ISBN 978-0-7653-5632-1

The cover states “A Repairman Jack Novel.” It’s one of a series about Repairman Jack. He lives and operates outside the law. He “fixes” things for people who have been victimized and who cannot get justice through regular channels, hence the name.

This time Jack is called upon by a woman whose 18-year-old daughter has taken up with a man old enough to be her father. She has already hired a private detective to “get something” on the man in order to break up the relationship. The detective has stopped returning her calls. She wants Jack to recover what she paid the detective, and finish the job she hired the detective for.

Jack somewhat reluctantly takes on the commission. It soon turns out there are ramifications in all directions. Moreover, none of the people involved tell the whole truth, when they tell the truth at all.

There are many apparent coincidences in the plot. However, in a previous book in the series, Jack has been told, “For you, there are no more coincidences.” Military intelligence analysts have a saying: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.” Jack’s “coincidences” are the result of machinations by an evil mastermind who works behind the scenes. In each book in the series, Jack comes a bit closer to uncovering that mastermind.

The plot threads include:

The twenty-years-previous murder of two abortionists;

An institution for the criminally insane that seems to have undercover connections with the Defense Department;

A stolen rare book that Jack must recover; and

A rapidly-growing “self help” cult.

Wilson manages to pull all these threads together, along with giving Jack some more clues that mastermind. All in all, a very good read. You don’t need to have read the previous stories in the series to enjoy this one, and if you haven’t, this one is a good introduction to Repairman Jack.

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