Most supernatural thrillers are hardly worth reading. When heroes have superpowers and villains can read your mind, it's difficult to generate the suspension of disbelief that's necessary for a good thriller. F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series, the latest of which is By the Sword, is a notable exception.
Jack is the ultimate fix-it man. If you've got a problem, he'll take care of it. This time out he's hired by a Japanese businessman to recover a sword with alleged mystical properties. Things are never simple in Wilson's books, though, so that's just the starting point for a complex, exciting adventure.
One of the things that makes the Repairman Jack series stand out from the supernatural pack is that even though there are fantastical things going on, the stories, and Jack himself, are still grounded in reality. The books are about an ordinary guy doing whatever it takes to protect the innocent, and that's a story that always has resonance.
From the Chicago Sun-Times, December 7, 2008