Monday, May 26, 2008
Thin Air is the 22nd book in the Spenser series by Robert B. Parker; it was written in 1995. In this one, Spenser's good friend Lt. Frank Belson comes to him with a situation. Belson's wife Lisa has gone missing and he wants Spenser to help him locate her. Even before they can get too far in the investigation, Belson is shot and hospitalized - forcing Spenser to continue the case alone.
In typical Spenser fashion, things are not always what they seem. In investigating Lisa's past, the detective learns a lot about her and the former life she kept hidden. He also finds himself involved with deadly factions, so much so that he has to work with some people on the other side of the law to find the missing woman.
This book, like Crimson Joy, departed from the entirely first-person narrative from Spenser's view point. There are a number of interludes written from Lisa's viewpoint - to give the reader an idea of what is truly happening with Lisa even though Spenser has yet to figure it out. At first I found it a bit annoying but it did fit in nicely as the book went.