Greywalker (Greywalker Series #1)

Greywalker (Greywalker Series #1)

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by Kat Richardson
     
 

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Harper Blaine was slogging along as a small-time P.I. when a two-bit perp's savage assault left her dead. For two minutes, to be precise.

When Harper comes to in the hospital, she begins to feel a bit ...strange. She sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.

But Harper's not crazy

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Harper Blaine was slogging along as a small-time P.I. when a two-bit perp's savage assault left her dead. For two minutes, to be precise.

When Harper comes to in the hospital, she begins to feel a bit ...strange. She sees things that can only be described as weird-shapes emerging from a foggy grey mist, snarling teeth, creatures roaring.

But Harper's not crazy. Her "death" has made her a Greywalker-able to move between our world and the mysterious, cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift (or curse) is about to drag her into that world of vampires and ghosts, magic and witches, necromancers and sinister artifacts. Whether she likes it or not.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Kat Richardson's debut novel -- equal parts urban fantasy and supernatural whodunit -- introduces Harper Blaine, a Seattle-based private investigator whose life is turned upside down when an assault leaves her clinically dead for almost two minutes. When she is brought back to life, she realizes that she can see otherworldly entities not visible to the normal world. Still coming to grips with her newfound abilities but forced to return to her job, Blaine accepts two very different cases: one involving the disappearance of a college student, the other revolving around the retrieval of a missing heirloom. Both undertakings, however, have strong supernatural underpinnings; the missing student turns out to be a newly created vampire who was forcibly brought over by a psychopathic bloodsucker, and the wayward artifact is actually a paranormal time bomb. Blaine is forced to utilize her singular ability to travel through the Grey (the realm between the physical and spiritual worlds) to bring both cases to non-apocalyptic conclusions. But how can a fledgling Greywalker go up against an insanely powerful sociopathic vampire and his undead minions and hope to survive?

Free of the base gimmickry and thematic clichés that plague many genre-hybrid novels, Richardson's narrative unfolds in a voice that is clear, clean, clever, and confident. The release of Greywalker places her firmly in the stratosphere with top-rate genre-blending storytellers like Jim Butcher, Laurell K. Hamilton, and Charlaine Harris. Here is a brilliant start to what should be a long-lived and wildly entertaining series. Paul Goat Allen

From Barnes & Noble's Heart to Heart
Kat Richardson makes a strong debut with this urban noir mystery/fantasy tinged with romance. It features Harper Blaine, whose two minutes of death has changed her life. Oh, she's still a P.I. in Seattle, but now she has places to go, vampires to see. As a consequence of her mini death, Harper has become a Greywalker, one who can navigate the borderland between the normal world and the world of vampires. Her practice has gone weird, too. Two seemingly normal cases -- finding a missing son and recovering a family heirloom -- have supernatural aspects. The missing son turns out to be a vampire, living in a car in Pioneer Square. The heirloom turns out to have a malevolent power. Harper picks up a new support team, including an attractive auctioneer who's crazy about her. Harper ends up taking on Seattle's fiercest bloodsucker and resolving her own identity crisis in the process. Fans of Charlaine Harris will want to pick this up. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
PI Harper Blaine sees a strange shift in clientele in Richardson's dizzy urban fantasy debut. After being dead for two minutes as a result of a clobbering by an angry perp, Harper discovers icky side effects complicate her Seattle life in unexpected ways she sees ghosts and attracts otherworldly business as she pops in and out of a shadowy overlapping world. Harper seeks the assistance of Ben Danziger, self-proclaimed "ghost guy" and linguistics professor, and his wife, Mara, a witty Irish witch. They educate Harper on the Grey, "a place between our world and the next." Harper tries to maintain a normal life, dating a sexy antiques expert while battling wits with Seattle's vampire king, but being a Greywalker means she can only "pass for human." Fast-paced fun, this first novel will captivate fans of Charmed, Buffy and Charlaine Harris (Definitely Dead). (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
KLIATT - Lesley Farmer
Harper is a young private investigator who received the wrong end of an angry client—and was technically dead for two minutes. When she revives, she starts seeing grey matter, which she discovers is from the afterlife. Likewise, her clientele list starts to reflect that same "reality." A mother wants to find her son, and Harper discovers him sleeping in a car trunk because he is a vampire. A spirit is trying to find an antique piece of furniture, which gives him power. Harper encounters a necromancer, a witch, and several ghosts. But she really doesn't like being able to see the afterlife, especially when each crossing to the other side is physically painful. This nuanced ghost story is a clever addition to the literature, and sure to engage teen readers (and the cover is great!). Characters are well developed, and the plot twists are suspenseful.
Library Journal
Recovering from a brutal assault that had left her clinically dead for two minutes, private investigator Harper Blaine finds her perceptions have changed. Now she sees people that others can't and often struggles against a grayish mist that seems to permeate her world. A friendly couple with experience in the paranormal explain to her that she is a Greywalker, someone with the ability to cross between the living and the ghostly worlds. Suddenly, her life-and her business-grow a lot more interesting and much more dangerous. Richardson's first novel features a genuinely likable and independent heroine with a unique view of reality. Following in the tradition of Tanya Huff and Jim Butcher, this is a strong addition to the growing body of urban fantasy mysteries. A good selection for most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Contemporary fantasy meets urban noir in Richardson's intriguing debut. Following a savage assault, PI Harper Blaine lies clinically dead for two minutes. When she recovers, her perception of Seattle will never be the same. Along with mundane reality, she sees blowing grey mist and people who aren't solid. Fearing for her sanity, she consults university professor Mara Danziger, who claims to be a witch. Mara tells confused, disbelieving Harper that the grey mist is the paranormal dimension, occupied by ghosts, monsters and other unspeakable things. Harper's head injury has turned her into a "greywalker" who can not only perceive the grey but touch and enter it-if she has the skill and the courage. Mara's resident ghost, Albert, isn't too scary, but both of Harper's current cases take alarming paranormal twists. Missing college kid Cameron Shadley has been transformed into a vampire. Cameron's problem, aside from his overprotective mother, is that the vampire who bit him didn't bother to provide the requisite survival skills. Harper's other client, the sinister Grigori Sergeyev, manages to phone her office even when the phone line is down. Sergeyev wants her to recover a missing heirloom that, it transpires, is a focus of terrible necromantic power. Love interest Will Novak, an auctioneer, suspects his boss is ripping him off. And electronics whiz and fix-it guy Quinton, whom Harper consults after her office is broken into, clearly knows more than he's telling. To solve both cases, Harper may be forced to combine them-as well as learn how to survive inside the grey itself. Well-produced, pleasingly peopled, with a strong narrative and plenty of provocative plot lines: a superb beginning tothe series that's unquestionably in the offing.
From the Publisher
"The perfect blend of hardboiled p.i. and supernatural thriller."
-Crimespree Magazine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451461070
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Greywalker Series, #1
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,190,529
Product dimensions:
5.97(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"The perfect blend of hardboiled p.i. and supernatural thriller."
-Crimespree Magazine

Meet the Author

Kat Richardson lives on a sailboat in Seattle with her husband, a crotchety old cat, and two ferrets. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and does not own a TV.

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Greywalker (Greywalker Series #1) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 200 reviews.
Stalked-by-the-Bug More than 1 year ago
Ok, I was excited to find a new author and potential series. But I am not even done with the book and it is like pulling teeth right now to even read a few pages. I can see where it is leading, but the concept of "walking in the grey" is tiring and not enough information is being given to keep the readers interest (at least not mine). There needs to be more character development for me to bond with them and so far nothing. I am sort of hoping the "thing" in the grey eats the main character.
Bad_Joke More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome! I dug the whole thing, and I normally don't read too many books with a female main character. But Harper is sweet! She's really out-spoken and rough around the edges - she makes a great reluctant heroine. The supporting characters are cool too, especially the not-exactly human ones. I say it's a 3-pointer for Kat Richardson. I know there's two more books, but keep 'em coming!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a mid-20s female who does not enjoy romance, I love dark fantasy and crime, and this series has both for me! How nice of Kat Richardson to combine the two. I thought this was a really fun read. The author is kind enough to spare us all the mundane and overly-long descriptions that most authors bog us down with, and just lets us use our imaginations, while she gets to the meat of the story, which is the action. Apparently, it takes place around 2000 or 1999, which is awesome, because I moved away from Seattle in 1998, so I knew of most of the places she mentioned - a homecoming, of sorts! I also absolutely adore Harper Blaine. She's everything a woman should be: tough, a smart-alec, logical, suspicious of things outside the norm... I thought her denile of what was happening to her was very realistic. That's how I would've reacted! Anyway - great job, Kat. Poltergiest and Underground were even better!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like fast paced novels that don't bog you down with unnecessary explanations and too-long descriptions, then this book is for you. The characters are likable and realistic. Harper was not at all happy about her new talent, she fought against it. Wouldn't some one in the real world do the same? I loved the plot, it moved along with the speed and weight of a frate train. A great book all around!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not get into this book at all. I ended up reading 3 or 4 other books in the time it took me to finish this one. The plot was boring. The story dragged on and on and could not keep me interested. I do like the concept of a greywalker but the story itself did nothing for me.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Seattle private investigator Harper Blaine expected an apology and a check from her client, but instead he hammered her head with his fists and slammed it against the doorjamb before completing his beating of the sleuth. A few days later Harper awakens in the hospital where Dr, Skelleher informs her she had died for two minutes before they managed to bring her back.--------------- Nothing is the same since the incident as now Harper sees ghosts and other paranormal essences that she cannot classify. Even stranger her clients take a gruesome twist as she has started to have walk-ins from the shadowy realm beyond the mortal plane. She needs professional help and a psychiatrist would cost too much money. So instead she turns to Linguistics Professor Ben 'ghost guy' Danziger and his ¿bewitching¿ wife Mara to instruct her on supernatural 101, 102, and advanced courses. Life is not the same for this GREYWALKER though she tries by dating a normal antiques expert while she is one bite away from being the vampire king¿s dessert as she blunders on a case from beyond.----------------- This is an amusing somewhat satirical fantasy mystery starring a delightful female who gaining an on the job education as an almost human sleuth. The story line is fast-paced, but belongs to the heroine who hopes by dating the norms she can keep one foot out of the graveyard. Fans will enjoy the delightfully entertaining detective story that moves back and forth between worlds as the tyro GREYWALKER learns about life, death, and a myriad of grey in-betweens.---------------- Harriet Klausner
Yellaness More than 1 year ago
I liked this book very much. It's a relief to find a strong female protagonist who isn't constantly making foolish mistakes or bemoaning her lot in life. Great cast of characters and world development. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, I am looking forward to reading the rest in the series. Harper Blaine was a PI before an accident left her dead for 2 minutes..now she has a second vision and can see things in the grey. This leds to new clients. Lots of twist and turns, and interesting chracters.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I like Kat Richardson's writing. I like her heroine, a very real and ordinary young woman, apart from the minor detail of carrying a gun and being a private investigator. Oh, and the fact that her heart stopped beating for a couple of minutes after she was beaten up. I like the people who help her too, the nerdy scientist and his forgiving wife, and the picture they paint of true love. Poor Harper Blaine doesn't have a true love, but she does have a love interest and he's really rather cool. She has a rather amazing guy who fixes things too. And a talent for meeting and helping the oddest of people, but you'd have to read the book to see how that works out. I like the way the author portrays Harper's reaction to the unknown. The physical sensations of being afraid, and the effect of those sensations on the environment are convincingly portrayed. There's no magical transition from klutz to superwoman here-just a slow learning to apply skills well known to situations thoroughly unknown. And there's the Grey, a scary place, intriguing, confusing, but oddly satisfying in its relation to reality, myth and magic. The book leaves me convinced that the author has everything rather nicely worked out, and eager to read more and find to find out how she's going to make it work.
SmalltownSR 9 months ago
A very good story, I will definitely read the next installment.
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BADBD More than 1 year ago
Kat Richardson is one of the best author finds I've made in many, many years. It probably helps that I was  raised in Seattle, as were my mother and grandmother, so even The Grey -- that world-beside-world of  Seattle's dead community -- feels familiar and like places I've known or heard stories about since I was a toddler (which is many, many years ago now). Harper Blaine, Kat's protagonist, is well drawn and "real" from her first words to her last. Harper's sidekicks are equally well written and real -- even those one might not expect to meet more than once. This first book draws the mind-pictures you'll need to continue through the rest of the series. And, as a ferret owner myself, her ferret character is a real ferret -- perfectly nuanced and definitely alive. That's a first for me. I highly recommend the entire Greywalker series -- all 9 of them. Join the fun. Pick a favourite character. Imagine a really dire situation to put them in. I'll bet Kat beats you to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book harper blaine,mara,ben etc.. Love all the characters in this book ^_^
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Kindereduk8r More than 1 year ago
Started off pretty good, then got all kinds of complicated with 871 plot twists and turns. I was actually angry when trying to finish this book.  I released my angry and deleted the book. I don't care how it ends, and frankly am surprised there are multiple installations.
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CaraStories More than 1 year ago
This was neither the best, nor the worst book, I've ever read. It was written well; the concept is a good one, if a little vague at times; and, I found I grew attached to the characters easily. Although it took place in Seattle, it read like something out of the UK. I will definitely give it one more chance. I will go in for Number Two, and see how that goes. If I'm still not crazy about it, I won't bother with any more from this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this as a quick read to fill a bit of time one day and found myself enjoying it for the most part. The character development shows some forethought while the plot does reveal itself early after the 50 pg mark. I might pick up the next in the series as I am interested to see the character development further. The "concept" in this alternative view of "magic, vampires, and such" may keep you entertained enough for a quick day read for those "consumers" akin to me. If you are starting out just "sip" lightly and return when you have a moment. It really isn't close enough to Rob Thurman or Jon Butcher in views of magic world here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great characters and fast action. Its too bad it ended so quickly. Be sure to read the rest in the series. It will bring some satisfaction to your curiosity but also draw you in further with more questions.
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