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Book Review: Greywalker by Kat Richardson

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I’ve had Kat Richardson’s novel, Greywalker, on my to-be-read stack for some time. The cover sucked me in and made the book an impulse buy when I saw it on the shelves. I’m a sucker for private eye novels, especially when they’re blended with paranormal.

I recently got around to reading the novel and entered the interesting world of Harper Blaine, Seattle private eye. The first person narrative always brings me into a novel easily, but Richardson ups the ante by starting off with violent action. Not only that, but she kills her heroine within minutes of introducing her. That’s hardcore. And she got my attention.

Since Greywalker came out, two other books in the series have also hit the shelves. The fourth is coming out soon. I think one of the things that held me off of Richardson’s book for so long is the plethora of urban fantasy heroines filling the shelves. With all of them out there, it takes something a little different to catch my interest.

I like the way Richardson portrays her protagonist as a genuine private eye. She reminds me of Kinsey Milhone, another favorite private eye of mine. However, once Harper starts seeing mythical things in the Grey, as she’s informed it’s called, the case immediately takes a hard left turn into Twilight Zone territory.

When she realizes she’s in over her head, Harper turns to Ben and Mara Danziger, a professor and witch, respectively. One of the things that Richardson does best in the novel is create supporting characters. None of them really claim the center stage, and I hope all of them are further developed as the series progresses.

I also like the fact that Harper conducts business in a professional manner, contracting for her services and working on more than one project at a time. In short order, she’s hired to track down a wayward college student and try to find an organ that was a lost family heirloom.

However, juggling all the cases and the relationships does slow down the pacing of the novel somewhat. The reader can learn a lot about the world Harper lives in, as well as the one she’s just stepped into. But it takes a little patience for everything to come together at the end.

I enjoyed the book and am curious to see what kind of clients Harper is going to attract now that she has embraced her Grey nature. I also want to see more of the supporting characters. Some of them have secrets of their own that I want to know.

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