Jack: Secret Histories

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Gauntlet, Incorporated, 2008 - Fiction - 237 pages
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Time: 1983 Place: Johnson, NJ, a small town on the edge of the fabled and mysterious Pine Barrens. Among its odd inhabitants: an old woman with a three-legged dog; some call her a witch. There's the town drunk, Weird Walt Erskine, who always wears gloves, no matter what the temperature. There's USED, the store that sells all sorts of things from the past. And that's just a sampling. The Boy: a fourteen-year old named Jack. Nobody knows Jack. Not his parents, not his few friends, not even Jack himself But he's learning. He's discovering that he has a knack for fixing things. Not bikes or toys or appliances -- situations. Here is where it all starts -- with a withered corpse discovered deep in the Pine Barrens…the victim of ritual murder. And unearthed with it is an ancient artifact carved with strange designs. Where and when is it from? What is the secret of the corpse? What other mysteries hide in the dark, timeless Pine Barrens? And who doesn't want them revealed? The world, Jack's town, the surrounding Barrens, even Jack himself -- they all have… SECRET HISTORIES

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Author F. Paul Wilson was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on May 17, 1946. He has written over forty books and short story collections. He is best known for the Repairman Jack series and the Sims series. He won the Prometheus Award in 1979 for Wheels Within Wheels and in 2004 for Sims. He also won a 1984 Progie Award from the West Coast Review of Books for The Tomb, the Hall of Fame Award from the Libertarian Futurist Society in 1990 for Healer and in 1991 for An Enemy of the State, and the 1999 Bram Stoker Award for short fiction for Aftershock. His book The Keep was made into a film in 1983. In 2012 his title Nightworld made The New York Times Bestseller List.

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