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Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until a two-bit perp's savage assault left her dead for two minutes. When she comes to in the hospital, 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 the human world and the mysterious cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift is ...

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Overview

Harper Blaine was your average small-time P.I. until a two-bit perp's savage assault left her dead for two minutes. When she comes to in the hospital, 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 the human world and the mysterious cross-over zone where things that go bump in the night exist. And her new gift is about to drag her into that strange new realm-whether she likes it or not.

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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

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451461322
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/2/2009
  • Series: Greywalker Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 196,776
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kat Richardson

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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  • Posted December 3, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Nothing disappoints more then a book at times

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Waste of my time

    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.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2009

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    This book kicks major you-know-what!

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An amusing somewhat satirical fantasy mystery

    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

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    My new favorite series

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2008

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    Auh! Such a great story!

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    Not good at all

    I just finished reading the Kim Harrison books and i was looking for something to fill the void. I saw the title of this book and read the back cover, and I was like 'Yes! Something to pass the time with until Kim Harrison makes another one.' But...I was sadly disappointed. I'm only on page 36 right now, and I don't think i can go any further. The book is badly written, jumping from place to place without expanding on the feelings of the main character or anything else. It's like a child writing about their day. 'A man bumped into me, I pushed him, he pushed back. It made me angry.' It is just not a book that devout paranormal/ fantasy fans will enjoy. I wont make the mistake of leaving the book store before reading the first chapter every again.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2008

    OK I AM LOST

    I believe in giving books a chance before judging them by the reviews of others. And the reviews stated it was a good book, so i went and borrowed it. This book was bad. The story or the concept and idea of a greywalker was insteresting but the book itself was badly written. The action was too much and i dont refer to the action that keeps you at the edge of your feet, au contraire i mean the action that drags on, oh she went here and here and here Changing settings drastically over the course of a page, until you lose yourself and your like okay what was i reading, and where is she now?, Also the dialogue was very poor and unlikely. This book was written as a first person but make no mistake despite that you dont really know much about the main character, or what she's feeling, you can't become or sympathize with the chracter. I am sorry but i fail to see how people enjoyed this book.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Urban Fantasy

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    Paranormal PI..with a great twist

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2010

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    a fine introduction

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2009

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    Really Seatle!

    It seems like everyone and their mom is writing a modern dark fantasy book these days, and this is one of the better ones. More a mystery novel with supernatural elements than a supernatural detective story (ala Anita Blake), the characters and tone owe more to the mystery genre. The characters are realistic and intriguing, and Harper's powerset is neat and orignal. My favorite things about these books (I'm including the first three) is the way that magic works. I find the magic system highly intuitive and realistic. Most modern fantasty writers gloss over their magic systems, not explaining HOW the characters are doing anything. My other favorite aspect is that they truely feel like they're set in Seattle. As a Seattle native, I naturally recognised all of the landmarks, but more to the point the atmosphere was right. So many books set in Seattle are in a place where it just rains a lot and people get mochas at Denney's. Kat gets Seattle perfectly.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2008

    Good Book

    This book was definitely a change of pace for me, I liked all the characters and the plot, I love the whole concept of this book. I look forward to reading more of KaT Richardsons books.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2008

    Kat & Harper are dope!

    When I read this book, it blew me away. The characters, the plot, the mystery. Everything! Kat Richardson really did her thing with her debut. I highly recommend this to all y'all who read urban fantasy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    Intriguing Paranormal!

    Harper Blaine, a private investigator, was dead for two minutes before she was brought back to life. Since then everything is a little grey, and I mean literally grey. She is now a Greywalker, where she can step from one realm to another where vampires, ghosts, and other creatures of the night lurk. Now Harper attracts a new type of clientele, and they aren¿t creatures that she is particularly happy to meet. She feels the evil and creepy existence of them like an overwhelming tide ready to take her under, but she doesn¿t know how to keep them at bay. She takes on a novice vampire as a client becomes involved with a witch and her magic a necromancer, and his chilling influences and an artifact that threatens all things connected to the Grey and that includes her. She must uncover how everything is connected before it¿s too late, choose her allies, and try not to be eliminated in the process. Ms. Richardson takes us into a new realm of the mystical with an intriguing cast of characters. There¿s mystery, suspense, and little bit of romance in this fast paced-paranormal making you want to turn to the next page and find out what¿s going to happen. I didn¿t want to put this book down! This reader looks forward for another chilling tale from this author. Highly recommended!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    Excellent characterization!

    This is a quick, riveting read for fans of the 'woo-woo' factor. The real strength here is the character of Harper Blaine, a woman with new skills she did not seek out but must now learn to manage. Richardson does a fine job in portraying the tension between Harper's new life and her nostalgia for the simpler more clear cut world she inhabited before her injury. Several subsidiary characters are also nicely portrayed - the young college student who has gone missing, a computer 'geek' who matter of factly helps Harper even as he perceives the truth of her situation, and an attractive antiques dealer who hopes to be a permanent romantic person in Harper's life.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    Greywalker

    A must read. Couldn't put it down. I started telling my friends to read this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2006

    Greywalker

    it's not just a fantastic book to read for halloween, but for anytime. it's new and exciting, great characters. when you first read the 1st chapter, you wouldn't want to put down these book. your imagination will love the image she paints for you. it's going to be the 1st of a 'greywalker' series and i can't wait for the rest of richardson's boook to come out. it's a must read...not just for sci-fi/fantasy people, but for all.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2006

    Interesting Twist

    Not the same old vampire book. This book is fun and adds some interesting twists to the vampire lore. I can't wait for Kat Richardson's next book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2014

    Kat Richardson is one of the best author finds I've made in many

    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.

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