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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. ...more
Paperback, 341 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Roc
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J.L.   Sutton
Feb 25, 2016 J.L. Sutton rated it liked it
After a 'near' death experience, private investigator, Harper Blaine, gains the ability to see and travel in the 'grey,' that intermediate zone between our reality and the reality of the supernatural. I liked the premise; however, not everything worked as well it could or should have. Still, the book had a nice pace and was fun.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
2.5 stars rounded up to three because it's Seattle and you know it's Seattle even though it's only a small area of Seattle. I can say Seattle a few more times if you'd like. :)

This series has a lot of potential. I think this is a good start but it's still rough. Something about the book was off and I can't tell you exactly what. For one thing, even though this was published in 2006, it felt more like it was written in 1995, specifically around technology. (She's a PI but uses a pager and doesn't
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Rebecca
Jan 22, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, modern-earth
I picked this up after reading the short story by Kat Richardson in Mean Streets, which also featured Ms. Blaine. First off, it's nice to see a female paranormal detective character whose actual cases seem to have more weight than her love life. Normally there seems to be a strict gender divide in these things -- men like Harry Dresden and John Taylor occasionally have girlfriends and occasionally have horrible luck with women*, but generally that's not a major focus of the books' attention. Fem ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It's very hard to write a helpful review of Graywalker. It simply didn’t leave any kind of impression on me – good or bad. The first half was far more interesting than the second. It had the tone of a hardboiled detective novel and it was quite refreshing, so I was more than a little disappointed when it all went straight to hell in the other half.
Harper Blaine is a good, strong character, but some of her choices weren’t quite clear to me, and the love story (well, lust story, to be precise) wa
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Clouds

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES! list.

I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go.


2.5 rounded up to 3 because my wife and my mothe
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Felicia
Nov 01, 2014 Felicia rated it really liked it
This was a Vaginal Fantasy pick from Bonnie! I enjoyed the book, although I hear the subsequent installments really exceed the quality of 1, so I'm excited to go deeper into the series. Nothing 100% innovative here, but had a nice tone that isn't quite as twee or cliched as other books in the genre. I enjoy the main character because she was believable in an interesting way. For VF readers, this one to explore! (No racy stuff tho, heads up!)
Athena
Feb 21, 2016 Athena rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of detective fiction, paranormal, female leads
2.5 stars, rounded up because the series has potential (I hope)
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I enjoyed the first half of Greywalker more than the second: I think the author is getting her head around the paranormal world (The Grey) she creates through the first half and hasn't quite gotten a handle on getting the rest of us into this world. I have high hopes for the next book but still think this is a worthy read.

The opening scene is one of the truest descriptions of a violent encounter that I've read in a
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Taters
Nov 22, 2008 Taters rated it it was ok
Shelves: magical-realism
Supernatural fiction is on the rise. Unfortunately in literature, a rising tide lifts all boats, even those of less than stellar construction.

Greywalker is an ok premise with faulty execution. The pacing is off, the story jumps around like a 9 year old on a sugar high. And it's set in Seattle - which would ordinarily be great, except that even as someone who lives in Seattle, I can tell you that this is one vast injoke of locations and happenings that people outside Seattle won't enjoy.

Characte
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Yzabel Ginsberg
2.5 stars. Not uninteresting, and I quite liked the concept of the Grey, but overall I found the plot muddled, and Hqrper too passive at times, in stark contrast with the "hardboiled detective" feeling I got from the beginning of the story.
Cathy
Jul 16, 2009 Cathy rated it it was ok
I'm 63% into the book (ebook, sorry, no page numbers) and I don't hate it, but I don't really like it either. I like Harper, and her ferret, and some of the supporting characters, but there is a lot of weird, disjointed stuff going on and the pacing and transitions are jarring and odd. She resists and resists getting pulling into the paranormal, and boy is it a slow first 1/3 of the boom, but suddenly she's deliberately stirring up trouble for the most dangerous guy in town and associating with ...more
Nicole
Jul 09, 2014 Nicole rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Jim Butcher and/or Caitlin Kittredge
Overall, a pretty good book. Richardson definitely knows her way around a well-crafted sentence and a well-imagined world. But definitely, progressively, weird and dark.
I like Harper for the most part; she's complex and not a cliche. Aspects of the story reminded me of the Harry Dresden novels, although Harper is not nearly the smart-alec Harry is. A little more humour would've been nice. Harper is the first character I've ever seen with a pet ferret, and that added a few moments of much-needed
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Anne
Jun 21, 2009 Anne rated it liked it
Harper Blaine is a private investigator. In the first few pages she is brutally attacked by a man she was tracking down for a client. After she leaves the hospital, Harper begins to see strange shapes and disorienting mists all around her. Thinking she is experiencing the lingering effects of head trauma she returns to the hospital. Once there, her doctor informs her that she actually died for two minutes as a result of her attack. He thinks the new sensations she is now having are not medical a ...more
Bry
Jan 18, 2014 Bry rated it it was ok
This book was just one big bag of meh.

Harper Blaine is a private investigator who generally deals with pretty boring cases that involves a lot of paperwork and foot work. Suddenly though one of her normal cases goes wonky and she is killed - but only for 2 minutes. When she is brought back to life she can see things like ghosts, weird creatures, and a parallel type world called the Grey.

Then she is hired to find a missing boy who is in fact hiding out, not missing - not her normal case. Simult
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Schnaucl
I really enjoyed this book. I liked the protagonist. I wasn't really sure of her age. Usually in urban fantasy books like this one the protagonist is early to mid twenties but I think Harper may have been more in her thirties. That, or she doesn't have a problem with dating people much older than she is who she believes to have a teenage son.

I really liked all of the second tier characters. They were fun, interesting, and seemed to have some depth.

I do have a few concerns though. First, I'm a l
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Andrew
Oct 11, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok random book choice again. Well I have mixed opinions on this one and here is the reason why. Ok its not the first "I see dead people" book and certainly will not be the last. Ok it makes are bit more of a refined approached to it with (and no pun intended) fleshing the idea out more. There is more to the "Grey" than just ghosts - but that is as far as I will go without giving things away. However the book feels like the main character Harper the Greywalker spends more time refusing her gift t ...more
Gary Foss
In the interest of full disclosure I have to start with a note: I'm so sick of vampires that I'm considering going full Van Helsing on the next person who even recommends a freakin' vamp story to me. Old style Van Helsing too; not pretty, Hugh Jackson in a floppy hat Van Helsing. I'm talking head chopping, mouth stuffed with garlic, burned up at sunrise. I need another vampire book in my life like I need to test drive a late model AMC Gremlin. At this point, anything I read that is going to have ...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: After being dead for two minutes and then revived as a result of a clobbering by an angry perp, Harper Blaine discovers side effects that complicate her Seattle life in unexpected ways. She now 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 ...more
Angie
Jul 10, 2008 Angie rated it liked it
Once again, the cover struck me first. She looked interesting to me. Like she knew things. And I liked the slanted city she leaned up against, looking like a character in its own right. I love it when a particularly city or a particular building is a main character in a story. The whole thing is that much richer for it. The good news is I wasn't wrong. Harper Blaine does, in fact, know things. Things she'd rather not know, as it turns out, but know things she does. And the Seattle of Greywalker ...more
Meredith
Sep 16, 2009 Meredith rated it it was ok
Whenever I travel, I like to pick up books I don't have to put much emotional effort into to enjoy - for some reason, this usually means I find myself reading books about hardboiled female PIs whose investigations bring them smack-dab into a paranormal mess of some kind or another, and that is exactly what this book is. It's refreshing because the main character is a bad-ass not because of any particular special powers she might possess but because she's tenacious and experienced at the PI game, ...more
Maggie K
Jun 02, 2013 Maggie K rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Yeah, so I did read this, and I just finished it yesterday, but I had to sit and think a little bit to remember what it was about....

It isnt a bad book. The premise is interesting, the plot moves in a mistly forward direction, but it just didnt execute very well. The sentences are all properly honed and all, I just wanted to skip most of them.
It might just be because the protaganist was so confused about her situation that it really was hard to make sense of her motivations. She would plan out
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Beverly
Sep 03, 2009 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Very enjoyable. Strong writing. She has harsh situations as well as humor along with a bit of romance hovering about the edges. I was very engaged the entire time I read it and immediately started the second book. I like the way she uses light to accentuate the dark and vice versa. I recommend this book highly.
Meigan
In Greywalker, Kat Richardson drops readers immediately into the action. PI Harper Blaine lands in the hospital after a work-related brawl leaves her seriously damaged and dead for two minutes. Upon waking, Harper instantly notices things are slightly off, a little grey (literally) around the edges. Her injuries left her as a Greywalker, someone who possesses the ability to both see and walk in the Grey -- the space between the living and the dead. Prior to this revelation, the paranormal wasn't ...more
Tamsin
it was ok....nothing spectacular, although the story did pick up towards the end. I felt for our protagonist, Harper, at the beginning of the novel as she comes to after a nasty accident only to find out that she had actually died for 2 minutes and now can see and interact with the Grey, the kind of inbetween world where ghosts and creepies live. She struggles to control this new power and makes new friends in the 'convenient' colleagues of her doctor who are also into that kind of thing. Howeve ...more
Shera (Book Whispers)
The shame. Greywalker was a title I purchased when it first released, in 2006. Eight years later I finally read it. Oh, the shame. Because Richardson is part of the Urban Fantasy movement as I like to call it. When the genre finally started to hit big in the 2000s. Ironically 8 books later it's clear this is a top series in the genre, so much so that I've been faithfully buying them without ever reading a single one. Which for me is big. It was magic when I finally started up Greywalker and it j ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

This is one of those series that’s been on my radar for a while now; it also came highly recommended from a number of reviewers who know how much I LOVE Urban Fantasy, so I decided to give it a listen in audio. The narration took some getting used to, as did Kat Richardson’s grungy poetic writing, but once the action started flowing I was quickly swept away by Harper Blaine’s story. GREYWALKER reminded me a lot of Kalayna Price’s ALEX CRAFT novels in that the main heroine
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Robin K
Greywalker is a spooky book. A true alternative reality is created by Kat Richardson in this novel. The book is literally filled with ghosts, smoke and mirrors. The main character Harper was a mystery for me the entire book. You do not get much background on her and all of the supporting cast are as new to Harper as they are to the reader. Though interesting it did made the book a bit harder to follow. Many of the characters were developed enough by the end of the book to give me a good feel of ...more
Chichipio
Nov 01, 2009 Chichipio rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Towards the end, it redeemed itself a little, so it's maybe a 2.5.

I liked the premise and the plot wasn't bad at all. I usually complain when characters are made to make stupid decisions just to advance the plot. Especially because most of those times the characters are super cool and I hate to see them acting like idiots for the plot's sake. I prefer the story forcing itself on the characters and see them react to it. I love when a writer does such a job that no matter how clever the character
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Erin
Oct 22, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok
What a muddle Greywalker turned out to be. After a promising first couple of chapters, the story meandered through a metaphysical muddle. One of the weakest aspects of the book was the pacing; I don't think I've ever encountered an author less adept at chapter breaks. In between the endless (and frankly boring) scenes of "Magic 101" with Harper, the heroine, and her new friends Mara and Ben, college professors with more than a passing interest in the arcane, there are these bizarre bursts of alm ...more
Kristen
Jul 23, 2012 Kristen rated it did not like it
Honestly the worst book I have read in a long time. I go into horrific detail in my status updates, as it was all I could do to remain sane, writing those out after ever chapter or particularly ridiculous section, so I am not going to force myself through everything again.

I did really, truly, try to get through this. If only for the entertainment value of the reviews and me getting angry and stomping through the house trying to find people to read parts to, I wanted to finish it. But I couldn't,
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Karen
Feb 04, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
2nd read-thru: Read below for my original take. I re-read this book to remind myself as I prepare to read the books in the series I haven't yet. I enjoyed this book as much the second time so know that it's worth reading at least once if I like it more than once :)

1st read-thru: This book starts off pretty brutal, but don't judge the rest of the book by this. Her ability comes about from her 2 minute clinical death (and revival). We don't truly understand what's happening, however, because she d
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Bestselling author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Former theater brat, singer, dancer, gemology and jewelry course-writer, liveaboard boater, and editor. Currently lives in the wilds of far-western Washington with her husband and dogs.
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