Vanished: A Greywalker Novel

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Penguin, Aug 4, 2009 - Fiction - 368 pages
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The toughest case yet for Greywalker Harper Blaine...

Why did Seattle investigator Harper Blaine-as opposed to others with near-death experiences-become a Greywalker? When Harper digs into her own past, she unearths some unpleasant truths about her father's early death as well as a mysterious puzzle. Forced by some very demanding vampires to take on an investigation in London, she soon discovers her present trouble sin England are entangled with her dark past back in Seattle-and her ultimate destiny as a Greywalker.

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Fourth in the Greywalker urban fantasy series revolving around a private detective able to walk in a fold of space than sits between the normal and the paranormal. Harper is based in Seattle but most of this story takes place in London. It’s also Part 1 of a sinister plot.
My Take
Oh man, the tension Richardson created!! It was a bit slow to start but once it did. I could not race fast enough to keep up!
I’ve always fantasized about going back in time and then doing a fast-forward through time to watch, to observe how the landscape changes over the centuries. Now we get to do this with Harper as she navigates the time slips within the Grey in London. I suspect I’d get caught up watching the people of all those different centuries engage in their own lives instead of Harper’s necessary pursuits. I never knew Tyburn Tree had been located near where Marble Arch stands now.
A few quibbles. Harper is so careful in the first six hours she’s in London to contact Bryson to report when she has so little to say and yet just a few hours later when she has a ton of information that Edward really should hear about, she’s not at all bothered about letting him or Bryson know. Sure Edward gets kidnapped or disappears or…something but nothing is said about Bryson. Why isn’t she letting him know what she discovers? It’s pretty damn critical. Especially considering that his and her chief enemy is still there in Seattle!
There’s almost too much action to take in. Too much information that comes streaming in to fill in Harper’s past. Worse, Richardson drops you with Harper on the plane coming back to America so we have no idea what’s happening in Seattle. If Edward is back. What’s Wygan doing? Is Quinton okay? And all the background, the behind-the-scenes machinations that have gone into creating the Greywalker that Harper is now is just churning away in your brain…argh!! Be sure to have the next book in the series, [[ASIN:B004LQ0G3A Labyrinth (Greywalker, Book 5)]], standing by…you’ll need it!
The Story
An old boyfriend of Harper’s who got killed on a stakeout in LA some years ago appears in her dreams and starts Harper on her quest to learn more about her past. A past in which she learns more than she wants to know. About her dad. About her own earlier death. The family legacy on her father’s side and how Wygan is shaping her for his own ends. Cary Malloy makes her aware and the ghost of her father’s old secretary, Christelle LaJeunesse, gives credence to her father’s journals. The old family photos with their unexplainable streaks of light, smoky faces, “tricks of the light” that mar every photo in which Harper or her dad appeared.
It’s while Harper is in the Los Angeles area that Edward contacts her in a panic. Unrest is rising amongst the vampires in Seattle and the disappearance of his business partner in London has Edward insistent upon hiring Harper. That Harper is ideal for reasons they both understand.
A slip in a Grey temporacline introduces Harper to golems and how they are made. How they are used. Useful information but disturbing when she encounters one of a friend. Almost worse is the encounter at the end of a sewer tour in a kayak with a maddened wraith, Norrin, who lurks in the catacombs of old and ancient London down by the bricked-over Fleet River.
Harper quickly learns the pattern of persuasion when the disturbing nightmares she’s been having about Will Novak, her ex-boyfriend, turn out to be true. It’s the same pattern as used on her dad but Harper is determined that the end result will not be the same. She will not fail. She will not fail Will nor will she fail Quinton. She will twist what the Pharaohn expects.
The Characters
Harper Blaine has been aware of the Grey for two years now and has a better understanding of how it works. Chaos is her ferret. Quinton, her DIY expert in pretty much anything and everything and an escapee from the overly regimented NSA is her lover now. He’s also working on a ghost detector. Will Novak hasn’t been



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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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