Cold City

Repairman Jack (Volume 16)

F. Paul Wilson

Tor Books

The first of three Repairman Jack prequels, revealing the past of one of the most popular characters in contemporary dark fantasy: a self-styled “fix-it” man who is no stranger to the macabre or the supernatural, hired by victimized people who have no one else to turn to.

We join Jack a few months after his arrival in New York City. He doesn’t own a gun yet, though he’s already connected with Abe. Soon he’ll meet Julio and the Mikulski brothers. He runs afoul of some Dominicans, winds up at the East Side Marriott the night Meir Kahane is shot, gets on the bad side of some Arabs, starts a hot affair, and disrupts the smuggling of preteen sex slaves. And that’s just Book One.

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Jack might have reacted differently if he’d seen the punch coming. He might have been able to hold back a little. But he was caught off guard, and what followed shocked everyone. Jack most of all.
No surprise where it came from. Rico had been riding him since the summer, and pushing especially hard today.
The morning had started as usual. Giovanni Pastorelli, boss and owner of Two Paisanos Landscaping, had picked him up at a predesignated subway stop in Brooklyn—Jack lived in Manhattan and trained out—and then picked up the four Dominicans who made


Praise for Cold City

Praise for Cold City

“Wilson expertly evokes Manhattan in all its gritty glory in the early ’90s . . .  this valentine to Jack’s legion of fans still packs a wallop that whets the appetite for his next early adventure.”

Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Wilson’s, as always, will be delighted, and readers who want a good, solid noirish tale will be delighted as well. Wilson is a fantastic storyteller; this book may be the beginning of a swan song for the character Repairman Jack, but he's certainly going out on a high note. Highly recommended.”


“If fans want to know how Repairman Jack became the champion of the victimized, they’ve got to pick up Cold City. It’s a one-night read that will keep the lights burning. Gritty, harsh and often funny, it takes readers back to Jack’s early days, tosses him in with colorful characters and lets readers see his basic decency even as he breaks the law.”

RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick!

Praise for the Repairman Jack series

“Repairman Jack is one of the most original and intriguing characters to arise out of contemporary fiction in ages. His adventures are hugely entertaining.”

—Dean Koontz, bestselling author of Relentless


“Jack stand[s] out from the supernatural pack.... The books are about an ordinary guy doing whatever it takes to protect the innocent, and that’s a story that always has resonance.” —Chicago Sun-Times


The Tomb is one of the best all-out adventure stories I’ve read in years.”

—Stephen King, bestselling author of The Shining and President of the Repairman Jack fan club


“Repairman Jack is one of the greatest fictional characters created by any thriller writer in the past half century. If you haven’t discovered him and his world yet, what a fabulous, extraordinary, and electric reading experience awaits you.”

—Douglas Preston, cocreator of the Pendergast novels

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