The Repairman Jack novels by F. Paul Wilson are mysteries, but Jack isn’t a detective. He “fixes” situations for people who have nowhere else to turn to. As the novels progress, Jack is increasingly made aware of a cosmic fight for the Earth, and the series becomes more and more Lovecraftian.
If you enjoy Lovecraftian themes in real world settings, and mysteries, you’ll like the Repairman Jack series.
Definitely read them in order. In fact, you might even want to start with The Keep. The Keep is set during World War II and Jack is of course not in this book, but it’s a wonderful horror novel and helps to set the scene for the Repairman Jack series. Read the books in this order:
- The Keep
- The Tomb
- All the Rage
- The Haunted Air
- By the Sword
- Ground Zero
- Fatal Error
- The Dark at the End
- Nightworld (be sure to read the fully revised edition published in in May 2012 capping off the Repairman Jack series)