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Thin Air (Spenser #22)

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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...
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Berkley (first published 1995)
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Hawk used his key to open Spenser’s door and came inside. He set his suitcase down and walked towards the living room of the apartment.

“Spenser! You are not going to believe what happened to me in Burma. I had to kill more people than cancer. It was just insane and…..,” Hawk stopped short when he saw a thin Hispanic man standing in the living room.

“Who the hell are you?” Hawk asked.

Before the man could say anything, Spenser walked in from the hall and stopped in surprise.

“Hawk! When did you get
Ugh...I think I need a break from Spenser. I say this with all the love I can muster for both the character and the character's creator, Robert B. Parker. While I found this one enjoyable, it didn't jive like most of the Spenser novels. Perhaps it was the story-line; perhaps it was the structure; perhaps it was just me.

Spenser's buddy, Frank Belson, has recently been remarried to a much younger, and very attractive woman. Unfortunately, she goes missing. When Frank approaches Spenser, he doesn't
From the mid-1990s, with a very odd plot concerning a kidnapped wife of Belson, one of the BPD detectives Spenser has encountered over the years. Mostly set in a depressed mill town (based on, say, Lowell, Mass?) but with a side trip to LA. No Hawk.

This is the last of the 36 Spenser books that I have read. I've read them all with great delight since November. Actually, a new book came out May 5. I've never enjoyed a series of books so much. Makes me think there may be lots more wonderful things in the world awaiting my discovery. This book was written in 1995.
Spenser often works loosely with a Boston police detective, Frank
Belson. Belson's wife is missing, then Belson is shot and seriously
wounded, so Spenser goes looking for the wife an
Dec 16, 2011 Mary rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
When a Boston police detective's adored new bride suddenly goes missing he comes to Spenser to help find her. Sleuthing from a New England college campus to the slick and sporty nightclub scene of Los Angeles, Spenser discovers all about beautiful Lisa St. Claire's secret past - her prostitution, her substance abuse and her numerous destructive past love affairs. Spenser begins to suspect that Lisa has been kidnapped, and is being held prisoner by her sociopathic Latino ex-boyfriend in a burned- ...more
Nayaswami Rambhakta
As usual for Parker, wonderfully written and entertaining. These lines alone are worth the price of the book:

"I waited in my car on Brattle Street while two Episcopalian women wearing big hats and Nike running shoes paused in the middle of the road to discuss human rights. I wanted to run them over. Cambridge was the jay-walking capital of the world, and I felt the only way to get control of the situation would be to kill a few. I was, however, wary of the Cambridge police, so I blew my horn ins
I'm having one of those weeks where I just want to read quick dependable mystery novels. Nothing too hard. So what better than a Spenser novel?

The Spenser series is the impetus of the old Boston based television show "Spenser for Hire." Spenser is a large guy, former boxer, ex-cop, with few friends that aren't thugs or cops, but as his girlfriend will attest he has a sensitive side. Belson's (a cop friend) new bride, Lisa, disappears into "Thin Air" and a few days later, Belson is shot in an am
Rog Pile
Thin air is what Lisa St Claire has vanished into, at least that’s how it seems to her husband, Boston cop Frank Belson. But then, Lisa is young and very pretty, and poor old Frank’s getting on in years, so what can he expect?

Private Eye Spenser knows Frank and Lisa and isn’t convinced by the poor old Frank school of thought, and when someone takes a shot at Frank, Spenser becomes even more convinced that there’s some other reason for Lisa’s disappearance. In fact the reader knows there is anoth
Jul 13, 2013 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
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What I like about Robert B. Parker is every book is a social commentary. I love that Spenser has above and below board allies and resources because he it simply duty bound to keep his word and finish what he started. With Spenser's tacit confidence and moral ambiguity, Parker acknowledges the structures of inequity in America. He builds each episode around social issues and with just the facts about people and subcultures, he states what is, leaves the structure intact and Spenser doesn't chan ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Eliana added it
What can you say about a writer who can conjure up the likes of Spenser as well as Hawk. Their repartee is the hook and the plots and additional characters reel you in. Anyone who has lived in Boston will particularly enjoy the settings and characters. I am trying to finish up reading every single one of the Spenser series. Almost done!
This story is the type I like, fast moving, not dwelling too much on irrelevant characters and just plain entertaining. I haven't read Parker before so it was a pleasant surprise although I liken him to Patterson based on this single read. Never going to blow your mind with twists and turns but will keep you occupied for hours. One interesting thing that made this one better was the fact that it was printed in 1995, the paper is white and thick and for a used book it was immaculate making it a j ...more
(This isn't quite a complete review as I usually do; the library's book had pages 5 through 19 missing.)

Det. Frank Belson, of the Boston P.D., finally found the love of his life with his new wife, Lisa St. Claire. A few weeks after the wedding find Det. Belson in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest and Lisa gone, with no packed bags, no keys, no phone or purse...just gone. Spenser (now on the case) has to find Lisa before something bad happens. In the case we find that Lisa, AKA Angel
This isn't one of Robert Parker's best books. But, as always, Spencer is a tough, wise guy and he is funny. The plot was believable but the character Luis, who was supposed to be paranoid schizophrenic, was surprisingly controlled. A couple of time in the book, he really should have killed, or at least terrified, Lisa,a woman he kidnapped and held captive, but he didn't. Hawk wasn't in this book and I missed his presence, but there was psuedo Hawk in the character of Chollo, a strong, silent ( b ...more

When Lisa St. Claire, the beautiful young bride of a Boston police detective, vanishes mysteriously, Spense joins the search for the missing woman, following a perilous trail that leads him to a sociopathic ex-lover and into a deadly confrontation with Li
Title: Thin Air
Author: Parker, Robert B.
Publisher: Berkley Pub Group
Publication Date: 1996/04/01
Number of Pages: 308
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress:


I actually got a bit tired of the Spenser series which I've been trying to read in some semblance of published order while, lately, I've been concentrating on series by Canadian authors, but I read Thin Air when I needed some comic relief and remembered the humour in Parker's Spenser. Actually I liked it quite a bit more than some of the previous ones. Ending sorta reminded me of "Paint Your Wagon" with balls and no Marvin or Eastwood songs!
I really liked Parker's "Jesse Stone" series much more
Parker's Spenser books have been toward the back of my list for a while, and by most accounts the earlier ones are better, so I got the earliest one I could find, which at the time was number 22. This one is apparently slightly odd, in that the missing woman narrates half the novel (usually, I'm told, Spenser himself is the lone voice). This was clearly an attempt to build tension as the narratives came together, but instead it solved the mystery before it ever got off the ground, so the whole b ...more
Cathy Cusson
I loved this Spenser adventure. I enjoyed seeing more of Dect. Belson. The players were good and it was well written flowing back and forth between two story lines.
I love Spenser, but Thin describes the plot as well as the Air in this one. I was disappointed, but it was a quick, disappointing read.
Cathy DuPont
Thin on storyline. Hummm, hope this doesn't become a pattern.

No, Susan hasn't eaten a donut yet, Toby.
It was nice, a little different kind of story telling, but it was developing. Not much action. And Cholo was funny as always.
Leslie Jem
Spenser investigates when Frank Belson's wife goes missing. She narrates the story.
12-2013 forgot I just read it…. the title was forgettable. I need to stop checking stout

9-15-2013 re-re-read. At least I am consistent.... i mostly skipped the kidnapping italics dialogue, once again.
I had forgot the trials of Belson.

spenser.... sgt belson's wife disappears. spenser to rescue.

WOW! just read it again, 11-14-2011.
This time I skipped the italic chapters and only read the
Spencer in Proctor and LA chapters. I avoided the kidnapping dialogue.
OK, so i am an escapist, escaping the viol
Another great story
David Horney
chollo returns
Another great Spenser novel!
A solid outing - but I would lean a little more towards 3.5 than 4 stars. RBP seemed a little tired of his own characters. This was really clear when he was writing about Spenser visiting a college and talking to a professor. That dialogue was crisp and more alive. But Spenser and co. are always interesting and near and dear. Parker's observations about love, politics, and everything in-between are always a fun read, even if you don't always agree with him.
David-Lynn Anderson
Interesting read. Spenser is on the trail of the wife of Lt. Belson and it leads him to an area dominated by Hispanics where only Spanish is spoken and any anglo is suspect and not trusted.

He enlists the aid of Chollo, who is the Hispanic version of Hawk.

Parker uses the technique of alternating the point of view between the victim and Spencer as he uunravels what's happened and how to resolve the issue.
Not the best Spencer novel but likeable all the same. Hawk is missing and his lack of presence is felt. I felt like Spencer was a little off his game in this one. He usually has a better gut sense.

The new young wife of Spencer's detective friend, Belson, is missing; and Belson is critically wounded by gunshot. Spencer goes around his elbow to get to his thumb to find the beautiful wife.
Raul Melendez
I love R. B. Parker's books! Most of them are so much fun to read. This one, however, is not one of those. It is a little on the slow side. There is the interaction Spenser usually has with Hawk ... that was absent in this book. And he just didn't engage me with the story. I can't say that I cared about the characters (the victim) in this one. But as I said, most of his books are a real blast!
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Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For Hire based on the character in the late 1980s; a series of TV movies based on the character were also produced.
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