Harper Blaine
Created by Kat Richardson

On an impulse a while back, I picked up a copy of Greywalker by Kat Richardson. When I got home, I took another look at synopsis on the back cover. 

“Harper Blaine was slogging along as a small-time PI 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…………..”

Boring! I skipped the rest of the blurb and put the book at the bottom of the TBR pile.

Well, a few days ago I finally got around to reading it and now wonder why I waited so long. It's a great read and I've met a wonderful new character.

HARPER BLAINE is like a paranormal cross between Kinsey Millhone and V.I. Warshawski.  She is a single woman that totes a gun, spends most of her work day making phone calls and doing paperwork.  She goes home to her pet ferret, Chaos. She also, however, has the knack of getting in some interesting situations.

When Greywalker begins, Harper is just your average private investigator doing her job, confronting a man she's caught committing a small time fraud.  She's not expecting the guy to go postal but the next thing she knows she's fighting for her life.

“I’d woken in the hospital a couple of days later feeling so horrible I’d figured I was going to live.  If it felt that bad dying, no one would go.” 

Home again, with the doctors' assurance that she's on the mend; she begins experiencing a few strange things with her vision and perception.  Going to the Urgent Care clinic, she meets a doctor who tells her she was actually clinically dead for a few minutes before being revived.

Realizing this is all news to Harper, the doctor responds, “Jeez… no wonder you’re confused.  There’s supposed to be counseling for this sort of thing.  I guess they all just forgot about it, what with the police and all.” 

But instead of counseling her, he suggests that there are things outside the realms of traditional, scientific medicine that might help explain her symptoms.  Harper scoffs at the “woo woo” stuff and goes home.

Kat Richardson gives us a look at what might happen in that world between life and death.  That world we have to pass through to get to the white light; the "Grey."  Into this world, bring ghosts, vampires, necromancers and other unknown spooky things and walk with Harper as she learns about a whole new world because she is a Greywalker.

In this first of the series, we meet a normal character struggling to keep her integrity and honor and follow her on her reluctant journey into a whole new realm. I laughed with Harper, hurt with Harper and felt emotionally invested in her by the end of the book, even as it became clear that Harper still has a long, longway to go. I am looking forward to second tale of her journey, Poltergeist, which is due out in August, 2007.

California-born Kat Richardson migrated to Seattle in the 90’s.  She lives on a sailboat with her husband, a cat, and several ferrets. She rides a motorcycle, doesn't own a car, and shoots a target pistol.  She does not have a TV.

EDITOR'S NOTE

Not only did Poltergeist come out as expected, but Richardson has since cranked out several more in the series, drawing both critical approval and a growing legion of fans for her sharp storytelling and willingness to play around with genre expectations..

UNDER OATH

  • "Standing head and shoulders above the plethora of urban fantasies, Richardson... should appeal to fans of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and Tanya Huff's Victoria Nelson series.
    -- Library Journal

NOVELS

RELATED LINKS

  • katrichardson.com
    The official site for more information on Kat Richardson and her Harper Blaine series.

Respectfully submitted by Kimber Hill.


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