By Bob Cannon
Updated October 12, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

Private eye Jack — just Jack — is hired by a distraught mother to investigate the skeevy older guy dating her daughter. See, the first P.I. she hired has disappeared. But when Jack finds his predecessor tortured and drowned in a bathtub, he embarks on a harrowing journey involving murder, an anarchist movement, genetic engineering, and a suspicious mental institution. In his 11th Repairman Jack thriller, F. Paul Wilson offers a canny mix of sci-fi paranoia and criminal mayhem. Despite a contrived ending that badly strains for a sequel, Bloodline stars fast, keeps the accelerator down, and defies you to stop reading.