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All the Rage (Repairman Jack) Hardcover – October 13, 2000
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Everything's rosy when Nadia Radzminsky takes a dream research job at GEM Pharmaceuticals: she'll be working for her professional idol, Dr. Luc Monnet; her fiancé is one of GEM's top salespeople; she's got all sorts of high tech toys to play with; and she'll get a million-dollar bonus if she can just figure out how to stabilize GEM's most promising molecule (dubbed, ominously enough for students of Norse mythology, Loki). But clouds quickly appear on the horizon in the form of Milos Dragovic, a Serbian mobster with a short fuse, a big wallet, and a profound interest in Loki's future. Nadia suspects Milos is blackmailing her boss, and she hires Jack to find out what's going on.
What Jack finds out isn't pretty: Loki is leading an underground life as Berzerk, a hot, new street drug that brings out the user's most aggressive behavior, frequently with deadly consequences. And Milos may be pushing Monnet around, but the good doctor isn't objecting too strongly to the payoff. But when Jack gets closer to the source of the mystery molecule, events take a very personal turn: Loki is derived from the blood of rakoshi, those otherworldly and decidedly vicious demons Jack had sworn to exterminate in Conspiracies. With his family threatened by both the rakoshi and the vengeful Serb, Jack must take on both the monster and the mob.
All the Rage has the necessary ingredients for success, including a snarkily amusing subplot involving a Brooklyn junkyard owner who's also out for Milos's blood (Jack has to keep toning down his client's eager revenge plots, and his substitution of industrial sludge for knives in one such plan is particularly amusing). Dedicated Wilson fans will rejoice in the new addition to the series, and neophytes will scramble to unearth the earlier installments. --Kelly Flynn
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- Publisher : Forge Books; 1st edition (October 13, 2000)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312867964
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312867966
- Item Weight : 1.55 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
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All The Rage is the fourth book in Wilson's Repairman Jack series and is part horror, part thriller and part science fiction. In it, Jack learns of a drug with a street name of Berzerk. The manufacturers, however, are a semi-legitimate drug company who refer to it as Loki. The effect of Loki is to unlock a person's aggressive side; in minute doses, this can be positive, but with too much, a person will become vicious and potentially homicidal.
Jack is hired by Nadia Radzminsky, a scientist working for the drug firm GEM. She is afraid her boss is being extorted by a local gangster Milos Dragovic and wants Jack to help him. Jack decides to take on Dragovic in a very indirect manner, in an effort to help not only Nadia, but another client as well. What neither Jack nor Nadia are aware of is that her boss is in business with Dragovic; specifically, the selling of Berzerk.
Loki gets its name because, like the Norse god, it is something of a shapeshifter. Every new moon, the fresh batches of Loki suddenly change into an inert chemical. What's stranger is all records of Loki's original form disappear and even memories of it grow vague. Nadia, unaware of the drug's use, is recruited to try and synthesize the drug. What she is also unaware of is that the source of the drug is a demonic being known as a rakosh, the last survivor of a previous confrontation with Jack (back in The Tomb).
While All The Rage has a more-or-less standalone story, it is better appreciated if you've read the first three Repairman Jack books. Besides the plot in this book, there is a larger story going on, one that pits Jack against something called The Otherness and a demonic being disguised as the human Sal Roma. This bigger story - which also relates to many others of Wilson's non-Jack novels and stories and continues beyond this book - has a nice Lovecraftian feel to it.
What's most important, however, is that this book, like its predecessors, is a fun read. Jack makes a good hero. Although both likable and intelligent, he is no superhero and he continues to find himself in way over his head. If you have enjoyed other books in the series, this should be another good read; if you haven't, start with the Tomb and get to this book later.
This novel met most but not all of my expectations. The reintroduction of an old adversary thought long out of the picture was a nice twist. Looking forward to the next Repairman Jack adventure
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In this book there's a new drug on the street and Jack finds it's source (not natural of course).