Greywalker (Greywalker Series #1)

Greywalker (Greywalker Series #1)

by Kat Richardson

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ISBN-13: 9780451461322
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/02/2009
Series: Greywalker Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 206,769
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"The perfect blend of hardboiled p.i. and supernatural thriller."
-Crimespree Magazine

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Greywalker (Greywalker Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 234 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 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.
puttocklibrary on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I enjoyed this book. I haven't read many of the new crop of urban fantasy/paranormal books (I've read the Anita Blake books, for example, which I feel has created a whole new genre, but that's another story), and I enjoyed my first foray into this particular world.Harper Blaine is an interesting character. Strong in some ways (she's a private investigator, how could she not be?), yet flawed in others (desperate to deny the truth of what is plainly in front of her), and it was this very human combination made me want to see what would happen next.
bookmagic on LibraryThing 8 months ago
My review: This book started off pretty good. I like Harper and found the premise interesting. The book is fast-paced and filled with paranormal. The only parts I had trouble with were understanding the exact nature of the 'Grey'. When Harper's new friends try to explain it to her, I am just as confused as she was. Plus as Harper discovers that there is a paranormal energy drain that is effecting her, she gets ill and tired and it made me feel the same way. I think that I will give the next in the series a chance but I'm not sure if this is going to be one for me. Maybe if I read more paranormal, it would have been less confusing for me. my rating 3.5/5
jmchshannon on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Greywalker was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law; I had never heard of the series or the author. I opened the book with little in the way of expectations and slight trepidation because of the lack of knowledge. I have to confess that I am glad I had such low expectations, as it meant I was not overly disappointed when Greywalker failed to impress.On the surface, this book has all the elements I typically adore in a book: a butt-kicking female lead, vampires, ghosts and other supernatural elements, and a mystery to solve. Unfortunately, something just did not click for me. First, I had no vested interest in Harper Blaine. Kat Richardson failed to describe her adequately, so I had no idea what she looked like, nor did I have any idea what motivates her. I just know that she is stubborn to a fault and does not necessarily learn from her mistakes. There is almost no background information that could have humanized her for me. Rather, as a reader, I was left very much on the surface, as if I were watching a TV show surrounded by distractions rather than being able to submerge myself into the story.It is incredibly choppy and yet very repetitive. The action starts on the first page, with no set-up or further explanations on the motives of her client that beats her to death. This happens over and over again, as Ms. Richardson hammers home that Harper is constantly nauseous or dizzy or both, that the Grey is difficult to ignore, that Harper has a business to run. These phrases appear on almost every page, and after a while, frankly it just becomes distracting.Speaking of the Grey, after 352 pages, I am still not certain exactly what it is. Ms. Richardson¿s description of it is nebulous and ill-defined. I have no idea if it is a type of purgatory for the spirit world or if it is an alternate dimension or both. Since the entire story revolves around Harper¿s interaction with the Grey, one cannot help but wonder how much better the book would have been had it been understandable.I felt the mystery itself was fairly predictable. I could see the big double-cross and the vampire situation pages upon pages prior to the big reveal. If a mystery in a thriller is predictable, doesn¿t the entire book lose some of that thrill, some of that mystique that all but forces the reader to continue turning the pages?I was compelled to keep reading in the hopes that I would finally understand the Grey and that it would get better. I did not necessarily enjoy what I read. However, as I mentioned above, there is an entire Greywalker series, so others certainly must like Harper and the Grey. I would love to say that I am a fan as well, but I cannot do so in good faith.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In which our protagonist, a small-time private investigator, undergoes a near-death experience and finds herself straddling normal reality and the paranormal and doesn't like it one bit. What makes this book is that the glamor factor is turned way down and the alienation factor is played way up, as Harper Blaine tries to cope with what she's become. I arguably need another urban fantasy series to read like a hole in the head but this looks like a good one.
cat8864 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
An original quasi-scientific approach to urban fantasy and mystery. The tale moves a steady pace that seems rather boring at some parts and too fast at others. I like the idea of the 'Grey' but the presentation was a little rocky, although thats understandable since we are being introduced through Harper. Original, but not particularly notable. I'll give the sequal the benefit of the doubt and try it.
cmwilson101 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The Greywalker series is based on the interesting premise that there is a world parallel to ours; this world is called the Grey, and it is populated by ghosts and other supernatural creatures. The Grey is layered with slices of time, in which old buildings exist and ghosts act out parts of their previous lives. Most people cannot see the Grey, though some people can communicate with inhabitants of the Grey. Enter our heroine, Harper. She is a detective in Seattle who is attacked and dies for a few minutes before being revived. Afterwards, she is able to see into the Grey and is called a Greywalker. In the first book of the series, Harper is learning to cope with her new perspective on life while handling a missing person case. She meets Quinton, an off-the-grid technician, and Ben and Mara Danziger, who study the Grey and help her understand what she is seeing and experiencing. In the course of her investigation, she discovers that there are vampires in Seattle and not only has to deal with the knowledge that vampires actually exist, but also has to deal with them up front and close as part of her case. The story is fast-paced and interesting, very enjoyable read.
jms1203 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Wow. Love the premise, like the plot, but I just couldn't get into it.A good fantasy starts with a "what if" idea - in this case, what if being 'dead' for a couple minutes gave you an awareness of ghosts and other paranormal phenomena, plus what if this happened to a private detective. After the "what if" rules are established, a fantasy plot should feel like watching dominos topple. The author sets up the toppling line, tips the first domino, and voila! Everything that follows should feel like "Oh, yeah! Of course!" Characters should react normally, for example, a soldier fighting World War III should have the same anxieties as would a similar soldier who fought in any of the real World Wars.I couldn't get a handle on the rules in this fantasy. I kept getting confused and paging back to see if I missed an explanation somewhere. Nor could I convince myself to care what happened to the protagonist. I couldn't even finish the book, which is very rare for me. I give 3 stars to books that are not that great but worth finishing. Thus this book gets only two stars.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is the first book in the Greywalker series by Kat Richardson, so far there are 6 books sold in this series. Book #5, Labyrinth, is due out August of 2010. I listened to this book on audio book and it was very well done and very easy to listen to. I originally read a short story by Richardson that Harper Blaine was in; I liked her writing style and the idea behind the Grey so I decided to give this series a try. I am actually surprised it isn't rated higher on Amazon; I thought it was a very solid entry into the paranormal market.Harper Blaine, a private investigator, gets whacked around by a pissed off client and ends up dead for a couple minutes. When she comes back and tries to resume her normal life things have...changed. She keeps seeing ghosts and getting sucked into a grey world. Her doctor refers her to an interesting couple of people who make a living studying magic; ends up Harper is a Greywalker and can walk the planes between the natural and supernatural world. This is all well and good but for some reason Harper's cases start getting more and more bizarre as things from the Grey are drawn to her for help.There were a lot of things I liked about this story. The idea of the Grey is very cool and, while Harper's full potential wasn't realized in this book, there are a lot of cool things that Richardson does with the Grey. I think this whole idea of the Grey has great potential for even more creative use as the series continues. I also really liked Harper's character. She is practical and organized; she is not overly tough-girl but is willing to deal with whatever life throws at her. I also liked that she still has to do normal things like eat and sleep and that isn't ignored in this book. I also liked the side characters; all the side characters are intriguing and engaging.I liked the writing style too. It moved pretty fast, had good action scenes, Richardson makes some very funny analogies and gives her characters some great sarcastic wit that I enjoyed. Richardson did an excellent job have having multiple plotlines going (with all of Harper's different clients) and the plotlines never got confused and they ended up coming together very neatly in the end. I liked Harper's relationship with Will; it was just a normal, nice beginning relationship. It was good to see Harper live her life as normal as she could with all the weird stuff going on around her. That being said this was not a romance or even a paranormal romance; this was definitely more of an urban fantasy...which of course, is what I prefer.The treatment of vampires was pretty traditional, nothing too surprising there. So, I suppose that might disappoint some people. The conclusion to the book wasn't all that surprising, but it was well done. There are a number of other supernatural forces dealt with in this book...primarily necromancers, witches, and ghosts. There was also brief mention of werewolves and the inclusion of the Guardian of the Grey. I am hoping that in future books we learn more about the Grey and that the world is futhur expanded.Overall this was a solid paranormal read that tended more towards urban fantasy and mystery. I loved the creativity of the Grey and thought the characterization was very strong. I also enjoyed the tight plot. I am hoping we get to learn more about the Grey in future books and that Richardson expands upon the world she's created in this book. I really enjoyed Harper's character. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
SheilaDeeth on LibraryThing 8 months 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.
pacey1927 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I always long to read something that feels original and seems different then the books I have previously read. This isn't an easy thing to do. Thats why I have to give "Greywalker" a 4 12 review. I had to round up to a five star review for Amazon. "Greywalker" has an interesting premise. Harper Blaine dies for two minutes. When she is revived she sees foggy or misty shadows. Eventually she learns its because she is a Greywalker....a person who can see both in this plane and in the ghostly one. She sees ghosts but they usually look fully formed to her. At first she has a hard time distinguishing what is what. As a private investigator (the only not so original element) Harper is always into something but now she has two different cases to solve. Her new 'sight' makes them a special challenge. There are a lot of mixed reviews for this book. All of them are probably pretty accurate. Some didn't like how much Harper was hurt and how much pain she was always in. Personally I think that gave the book a ring of truth I haven't seen much in fantasy lately. It made it believable. In that situation, I probably would have sat down and gave up. Harper's spirit keeps her moving. Her sense of right and wrong keeps her motivated. She wants to do right by her clients. My only complaint is the 'grey'. It was very confusing at times reading about the grey and even Harper's trips into the grey. I think it is because it is such an unusual concept and we are seeing it for the first time along with Harper...and she is confused. By the end of the book things were much clearer and from what I have read in other reviews this becomes less and less a problem as the books go on. Other reviewer also have complained about the many threads and all the characters and say its hard to keep track of them. I didn't think so at all, although I agree there were a lot of things going on. I thought this was a bonus. The book didn't drag, I flew through the pages. The side characters are great. They include a techie guy who installs security (and I still think he has his own secrets), a husband and witch team who try to help Harper understand what is going on, vampires, a (boring) love interest who plays a minor part, and more. With the exception of the boring love interest, I hope the characters stick it out for future books. In the end every page read is worth it as our story comes to an exciting conclusion that pretty much brings all the separate threads together. Harper isn't super woman and can't do her investigations alone all the time. She definitely relies on the side characters for help. This book was a winner and I hope the books that follow are close to as good.
TerryWeyna on LibraryThing 8 months ago
After I blogged about M.L.N. Hanover¿s Jayne Heller books (reviewed here) and Seanan McGuire¿s October Daye novels (reviewed here), a few folks in the know suggested that I give Kat Richardson¿s Greywalker urban fantasies a try. It was good advice: Richardson beautifully combines noir mystery with psychic craziness in her tales of Harper Blaine. Blaine is a Seattle private investigator who is attacked in the course of a routine job; she dies from the savage beating she suffers, but her death lasts only two minutes before she is revived. As a result of her momentary death, however, she has gained an ability to see into the Grey ¿ a world that is our own, but not entirely of this earth. The Grey is a place where ghosts live, and all times overlap the present. There are hungry creatures in the Grey, too, and Harper¿s ignorance of what is going on there threatens to kill her again, this time permanently.Greywalker, the first of the series, introduces the important series characters with panache. Harper first hires Quinton, a technology whiz who sets her up with a good security system in her office, and soon becomes indispensable for a number of other tasks. Then she meets up with Mara and Ben Danziger, who know a lot more about the Grey than she does, and are willing to teach her what they know. And then, of course, there are the unfriendly neighborhood vampires, and the ghost who lives in the Danziger¿s house, and another ghost who hires Harper, and before she really knows what¿s going on, she has acquired a new specialty in the paranormal.Greywalker manages to introduce all these characters while spinning a genuine noir mystery as well. It¿s as much a page-turner as any mystery I¿ve ever read. Despite the fact that the set-up sounds, well, corny ¿ I would have told you before I read this book that it wouldn¿t be my sort of thing at all ¿ Richardson keeps it as noir as a dark alley in 1940¿s downtown Seattle. Her own skepticism about the Grey is probably what keeps this from falling into cuteness at any point, not to mention that Harper¿s paranormal clients and enemies are genuinely scary. Richardson¿s vampires don¿t sparkle, and her ghosts have nothing in common with anything out of ¿Ghostbusters.¿ This is cold, harsh reality in a grim world that has more wrong with it than we could possibly know ¿ unless we¿d died for two minutes and awakened in the Grey.Poltergeist, the second book in the series, was disappointing after Greywalker¿s great start. The set-up is tied much more closely into real events, as a professor in a fictional Seattle university attempts to re-create the Philip project, an experiment actually conducted in the early 1970s by the Toronto Society for Psychical Research in which a group of volunteers attempted to ¿create¿ a ghost ¿ to use the power of their combined minds to imagine an entity and then attempt to call him up in conditions similar to those of a séance. The professor gets a lot more than he bargained for, and is convinced that someone is faking psychic phenomena. He calls in Harper to investigate and tell him who his troublemaker is. But Harper finds there is more going on than fakery, and worse: it isn¿t long before someone is dead.Richardson doesn¿t seem to a handle on her plot and pacing in Poltergeist, as she did in Greywalker. The story takes a very long time to develop, especially after it becomes clear who the villain of the piece is. I was disappointed that, after a strong debut, Richardson fell into a classic sophomore slump.Despite my disappointment, though, I¿m looking forward to reading the remaining three Greywalker mysteries in print, Underground, Vanished and Labyrinth. Richardson has a solid heroine and a good concept going for her. I¿m looking forward to seeing Harper become established and confident in her abilities in navigating the Grey, and am curious as to where Richardson will take her.
les121 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Creepy and suspenseful, Greywalker is an entertaining combination of detective novel and ghost story. It has a unique premise, solid characters, and an action-packed plot. The first pages completely hooked me and the mysteries kept me intrigued. There¿s definitely room for improvement - the convoluted descriptions of the Grey could use a dose of clarity, for one - but, for a series opener, Greywalker is an excellent start. I¿m definitely interested to pick up book two.
Tynga on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Harper Blaine is working as a PI and gets beat up nastily and dies in the very first pages. Brought back to life by efficient cares she now feels dizzy and sees weird things. Doctor at the emergency suggest she should meet with some friends of his.After meeting with them, Harper is struggling to make her mind around what she'd learn. There is some kind of alternate world wear ghosts, vampires and such lives. She now as acces to that world!Some very weird clients now shows up at her office and she is being dragged further down The Grey drain.Honestly after reading it I'm not quite sure how I feel about the book. The story isn't bad, the action is fine, some interesting character but something doesn't feel right. I can't say I don't like it, nor that I liked it. I can't quite pinpoint what's bothering me.One thing is for sure though, Blaine is suppose to be some kind of strong woman but she just rings weak to me. The girl is smart and gets out of nasty situation but she's kind of whiny.I haven't made up my mind yet if I'm gonna read the following books.
iBeth on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The introductory scene takes your breath away and the overall concept of the Grey is interesting. But it's hard to get interested in Harper herself. She hates the Grey so much that she resists learning about it, but then when a vampire shows up, she is willing to be his best protector--huh? The series has promise and I hope subsequent books improve. A tangent: I was struck by how quickly plot elements can become dated. This book was obviously in the works for years prior to its 2006 publication--e.g., (1) Harper relies on a pager (!!) (2) Cameron, a college student, normally writes checks for everything (3) Harper spends lots of time at the courthouse to look up records, rather than checking an internet dbase. Next thing you know, she'll be adding to her collection of 45s.
paranormalsweetie on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Harper Blaine is a private investigator, who at the beginning of the book is getting beat up by some guy really badly. He beats her so bad in fact, that she dies for two whole minutes before the paramedics can revive her.After that incident she starts seeing things that she feels certain cannot be there. Maybe she needs a stronger prescription, or something else that a doctor can provide. So she goes to see the doctor. He tells her that there isn't anything wrong with her physically or mentally.He refers her to Ben and Mara Danziger. Two experts on what she is going through. They proceed to explain to her that when she died and came back, that made her more connected with the Grey. The Grey is a sort of limbo, where ghosts who haven't moved on are. And that is the reason that she's been seeing people who suddenly disappear. They call here a Greywalker, and explain that with enough practice she will be able to walk in the Grey. They also say that things of a paranormal nature will be naturally attracted to her.The beginning of this book dragged a bit. During the whole half of it, when the author is setting the story up, I felt like I just wanted to get it over with. After the first half however, it felt like a switch flipped. Whereas the first half was a bit flat, the second half caught my attention and had me rooting for Harper.When she started fighting against the ghost and trying to get the vampires to cooperate is when it got interesting. I enjoyed the various vampire that she met along the way because the had such different characters. Quentin also intrigues me. You don't learn a whole lot about him in this book, but what I did had me wanting to read more about him.Decent start to a series overall. I may not be rushing to get the second, but I certainly will be curious about what is next for Harper Blaine.
BryanThomasS on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I didn't get to this for five months after I bought it but when I did it blew me away. Thoroughly enjoyable read. The kind of thing I'd have not expected to love this much just based on premise which speaks to the author's skill and voice. Rich and rewarding read. Recommended.