The Last Christmas

Gauntlet. (Repairman Jack). Nov. 2019. 352p. bibliog. ISBN 9781950565672. $32.99. SF
Jack is trying to get himself together, but losing his sister and his brother, and then his father disappearing, all within a six-month period, has hit him hard. Agreeing to help an old friend—of sorts—find a missing person—of sorts—may be the distraction he needs, if he can survive the search. An author’s note from Wilson explains where this story falls in the “Repairman Jack” time line for those familiar with the series, but this book can also be read on its own, as necessary context is provided.
VERDICT Partial truths and shifting loyalties keep the drama level high, while bold actions build suspense. For readers looking for something unexpected as their holiday season story selection.

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