Gauntlet, June 2002, 25.00, 462 pp.
The Kenton brothers are posing as mediums in Astoria, Queens siphoning off customers from other charlatan psychics. One of the scam artists is trying to drive Charlie and Lyle out of business using some dangerous methods. It is only luck that Repairman Jack crosses their path.
Jack, Gia and Gia's friend are visiting Menalus Manor, home of the Kentons when a small earthquake hits leaving a wide crack going the length of the cellar. While Repairman Jack is trying to get the Kentons' competitors to leave the siblings alone, Charlie and Lyle are starting to experience signs that their house is haunted. Jack finds that the haunting is linked to another case he's working, involving a cult snatching a young child every year as a sacrifice. Jack and those he loves are in danger unless a miracle occurs.
F. Paul Wilson does for haunted houses what Anne Rice has done for vampires. THE HAUNTED AIR is linked to other Repairman Jack novels as the recurring characters add a sense of continuity to the story line. Repairman Jack is mellower and less prone to high risk ventures than he has been in the past, which is a good thing because in nine months his life will change dramatically.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner