BY THE SWORD
Wilson is a master of developing an "other world" scene. His descriptions and dialogue first seem so normal, then a sudden change thrusts the reader into a supernatural world. Much of the credibility comes from the strong portrayal of Repairman Jack. At times the plot is a bit confusing, but this may not be a problem for readers familiar with the previous novels.
Repairman Jack must recover a Japanese katana, a sword stolen 50 years earlier by the father of the current owner. Jack plans to return it to its rightful owner rather than to the son of a thief.
But determining the rightful owner proves to be a task in itself. Jack enters the fray, playing all sides against the others. As he battles to return the sword, he takes the reader into a supernatural world filled with odd characters and intriguing mysteries. (FORGE, Nov., 352 pp., $25.95)