Legacies is the 2nd book in the Repairman Jack series. It was the first of his adult series that I read. It seems rather violent after just reading the YA novel Jack: Secret Histories, a prequel to the series. It’s hard to determine if Jack is a good guy or bad. I like the concept of Jack (a man who delivers justice for his clients when they have no legal recourse), and I understand why he is violent, but at times the character goes too far and seems to be losing it. Maybe, that is totally the point. Mostly, I liked his character. He’s complicated and truly wants to fix injustices.

The lady in distress, Alicia, also has complexities and definitely has an extreme problem. There is a hint of a technology that may or may not tie into the Secret Histories concept as well. Or maybe it’s just an allusion to Nikola Tesla. I would have liked to have seen more than a glimpse of it, but interesting nonetheless. For a slightly historical note, the year the book was published (1998) was the same year the Exxon/Mobil merger was announced and was right around the time that gasoline prices started to rise suddenly, leading into the Recession. Whether or not the situation inspired the author, the oil industry’s involvement in the story makes an interesting juxtaposition.