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BOOK REVIEW: GREYWALKER
BY KAT RICHARDSON

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Souvenir bookmarks distributed by the publisher carry the slogan: "Even the dead need a detective." Accepting that premise will give the reader a leg up when enjoying this debut novel. PI Harper Blaine gets involved in a short tussle with a disgruntled client. After what seems to her like a brief period of unconsciousness, she awakens in a hospital room and hears the unsettling information that she was "dead" for about 2 minutes before the paramedics were able to revive her.

When Harper returns to her small one person detective office, she has two potential new clients. Each seems fairly straightforward - a worried mother seeks news of her college age son, and an inquiry arrives by mail requesting her help in locating a missing family heirloom.

However, as Harper begins her inquiries she is troubled by mysterious and frightening experiences. A heavy mist surrounds her, spooky apparitions are visible, and strange nauseating smells fill the air. Consulting a married couple with expertise in the supernatural brings Harper the unwelcome news that her "death" has left her with perceptions of the "grey" - a world between the worlds.

In addition her injuries have also left her with the ability to control the "grey" and her interaction with its inhabitants. Not surprisingly, this ability does not represent a set of skills Harper wants to have nor wishes to learn to manage.

However, as she begins to work on the two new cases, these skills become vital to solving both situations and satisfying both clients. GREYWALKER culminates in an horrific confrontation between this world and the "grey" and Harper must move forward in exercising her new abilities to save persons who have become important to her.

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.

REVIEWED BY WOODSTOCK

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