Thin Air (Spenser Series #22)

Thin Air (Spenser Series #22)

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by Robert B. Parker

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Her name is Lisa St. Claire. Her husband's a cop. Her whereabouts are unknown. Spenser thought he could help a friend find his missing wife. Until he learned the nasty truth about Lisa St. Claire. For starters, it's not her real name...


Her name is Lisa St. Claire. Her husband's a cop. Her whereabouts are unknown. Spenser thought he could help a friend find his missing wife. Until he learned the nasty truth about Lisa St. Claire. For starters, it's not her real name...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the famed Boston PI's 22nd case, an oddly sympathetic villain and a resolute heroine draw Spenser into a barrio enclave in a depressed Massachusetts factory town. Readers know that Lisa St. Clair, a radio deejay newly married to a Boston police detective, has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a Proctor, Mass. tenement by Rico, her former lover. The cop, who knows only that his wife has disappeared, is shot and seriously injured just after he asks Spenser to investigate. Chapters alternate between the room where Lisa is kept under guard and constantly running video cameras and Spenser's gradual assembling of clues. The PI discovers Lisa's former name and occupation; he thinks up a way to penetrate Proctor's divided and desperate Hispanic community, ruled by Rico and a rival. Lots of atmosphere and even suspense-Will Lisa resist Rico's demands? Can Spenser discover a way to rescue her?-are built up in short sentences and one-line paragraphs. Spenser's pal Hawk is away (his place taken briefly by the sharp L.A. crook, Chollo), and his lover, Susan, and dog Pearl are kept mostly backstage during a slightly stretched out story that, nevertheless, packs a lot of punch. Mystery Guild selection; Literary Guild alternate. (May)
Library Journal
Spenser, Parker's most popular creation, here searches for a mysterious woman.
Wes Lukowsky
Spenser Lite: less death, more wit. Though at times the violence in past Spenser novels has strained credulity, it often had a cathartic effect for both reader and hero. But lately author Parker includes less gunplay and fisticuffs. Symbolic of the change is the fact that, in this twenty-third Spenser adventure, the detective's friend and ultradeadly ally, Hawk, is off in Burma, leaving Spenser on his own when longtime pal Frank Belson of Boston Homicide needs help. Belson's beautiful young bride, Lisa St. Claire, has disappeared. When Belson is wounded in an ambush that may be related to Lisa's disappearance, Spenser undertakes the search. The trail initially leads him to L.A., where a friendly mobster--who may have an interest in the resolution of the case--lends Spenser the use of Chollo, a sort of Hispanic Hawk. Eventually, Spenser concludes that Lisa is the captive of Luis DeLeon, the second-ranking bad guy in the aging New England mill town of Proctor, where he--and presumably Lisa--are ensconced in a well-armed fortress. The ending is predictable, if less violent than one might except. Lisa is by no means the first damsel in distress to be rescued by Spenser, and frankly, the plot has become a drag. The captors are always deranged, confusing love with power, and the victims are in jeopardy as a result of poor taste in lovers. Silly women, brave Spenser. Still, longtime fans will stand in line for this one, and in their defense, even flawed Spenser is good reading.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Spenser Series , #22
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Product dimensions:
6.74(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.82(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert B. Parker was the author of more than fifty books. He died in January 2010.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 17, 1932
Date of Death:
January 18, 2010
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
B.A. in English, Colby College, 1954; M.A., Ph. D. in English, Boston University, 1957, 1971

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Thin Air 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a reader of Parker, who has recently re-read most of his books I had read throughout the 80's, I'd have to say this was one of his best! Anyone who hasn't yet read Parker, is missing out on a load of fun, and Thin Air is a fine place to start!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert B. Parker did it again, good content, interesting, funny quirps in Thin Air. It moves right along keeping you on the edge of you seat. Highly recommed Thin Air by Parker and narrated by David Dukes to everyone. Kit
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a little hard to follow for me because you don¿t really get to know the characters in-depth. Now that I write this review I found out that there are many other books written by Robert B. Parker that are prequels to this novel. If you like detective thrillers then you may like this book. The reason I said may, is because there isn¿t much thought involved even when it comes to the evidence, you can almost ¿predict¿ what is going to happen before it does. The story begins with a mans wife disappearing not too over dramatic but decent story line so far. She is kidnapped by some people in a van, the husband calls Spencer (a private detective) to track her down and bring her back. Soon after Frank (the husband) talks to Spencer he is shot three times. Spencer hears about this and gets on the trail as soon as he can. While on the trail he finds out that Franks wife Lisa St. Claire isn¿t even her real name, he finds out that she has a past that even her husband didn¿t even know about. For me it wasn¿t very appealing but that is in part to I haven¿t read other works written by Robert B. Parker. But for the people who have read his other books this could be a fun read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shame on Parker for this book. Anyone of us who are fans could have written this book: it is just a retread of conversations had in almost every book. I love Parker's novels and read them repeatedly: this is why this is such a shame and a waste of his time.