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Vanished (Greywalker, Book 4) Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 4, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451462777
  • ASIN: B002YNS40E
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,797,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In Richardson's fierce fourth Greywalker novel (after 2008's Underground), Harper Blaine, Seattle's paranormal PI, receives a chilling phone call from Cary Malloy, her boyfriend who died eight years ago. He warns Harper there're things... waiting for you and tells her to look into her past. For Harper, that means flying to California to visit her overbearing mother and go through the papers of her father, who killed himself after his receptionist's suspicious death. Harper finds a suicide note addressed to her and disturbing journal entries about supernatural happenings. Once back in Seattle, Harper agrees to help local vampire Edward Kammerling fight off some London vampires, leading to a spirited smack-down with old foes. Richardson continues to develop strong, intriguing plots, and fans will enjoy learning about Harper's childhood and seeing some of her literal ghosts put to rest. (Aug.)
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About the Author

Kat Richardson currently lives on a sailboat in Seattle with her husband and a ferret named Taz. She rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and has been known to Swing dance, sing, and spend insufficient time at the gym.

More About the Author

Author of the Greywalker paranormal detective novels. Kat is a former theater brat and non-fiction editor who currently lives on a boat in Washington state with her husband and the ghosts of ferrets. She also rides a motorcycle, shoots target pistol, and makes trouble.

In the past, she helped develop a fan-built PC game (T2X), wrote a short horror screenplay (The Glove), taught English Country Dance, fenced epee, broke both arms, wrote about diamonds, ate alligator (no, she didn't kill it), sold dead lizards, pretended to be a nun, sang, and has been kidnapped by pirates! (well... maybe not pirates....)

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This is good adventure and great fun!
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Anyone who likes urban fantasy should be reading this series...
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The plot is very good as is the major sub plot.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Vanished is the 4th book in Kat Richardson's Greywalker series, and continues the adventures of Harper Blaine, a PI from Seattle who, in the first book, had a near death experience which leaves her with the unwelcomed ability to walk on both sides of life and death, in a sort of in-between odd place called "the grey." If you are familiar with "The Zone" in Tarkovsky's film, you get a vague idea of what the grey might be like, except that it is also filled with ghosts, monsters, and all kinds of dreadful things.

In this fourth book, Harper must go to London to solve the mystery of some disappearing assets, along with checking on an old friend who has been troubling Harper's dreams of late. Also, Harper explores her past, especially issues involving her late father, that may explain something about why Harper, of all people, became a Greywalker.

That is enough information! You don't want a spoiler! Suffice it to say that the book is full of wonderful adventure, the usual interesting characters that we really care about, and a storyline that doesn't falter at any point. Obviously, it would be good to start at the first book and read forward if you haven't already sampled Kat Richardson's writing. But it will be worth the time.

This is good adventure and great fun! I can hardly wait for the next one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In Seattle, the perpetrator failed to give private investigator Harper Blaine the two minute warning when he slammed her temple; for 120 seconds she was dead. However, unlike most people who suffer a near death experience only to come back to their mortal lives, Harper returned differently as a Greywalker who travels both sides of the boundary between the living and other realms (see GREYWALKER). Her investigations have taken one hellish twist from cheating spouses to cheating paranormals (see POLTERGEIST) who she can see, but these monsters see her too. Two years since her death, Harper has a dying need to know why she didn't just come back like most.

A call from the dead leads Harper to investigate her heritage with a focus on the pivotal event before her short-lived death; the demise of her father when she was young. In Los Angeles her mom says he killed himself. Harper reads his tormented writings in which he claimed the monster was coming and he feared for his sweet Harper. She tries to meet her dad's ghost, but frighteningly he is nowhere as if his spirit VANISHED. However, her mind is taken off of her confusion when vampires order her to London to look into a bloody mess. Harper uncovers a connection between England and Seattle that makes her wonder whether her "genes" made it inevitable for her to walk the grey line.

The latest Greywalker investigation is a terrific tale that takes a deep personal spin for the heroine as she inquires into her heritage in an attempt to better understand what happened. The story line is fast-paced and filled with plenty of action as for instance a plane ride to Los Angeles leads to a teenage female ghost popping in wet over Oregon with no one else on board able to sense her. Kat Richardson is at her best with this super urban investigative fantasy as the worlds of the grey and paranormal come figuratively alive through the intrepid but mentally tired heroine.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Robinson VINE VOICE on August 18, 2009
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The protagonist Harper (is a greywalker; she can work the dimension between the ordinary and the far shores, the Grey, full of ghosts and nasties) takes a job in London for the head vamp of Seattle. Some of her background has been surfacing and in this story we see more emerge.

Excellent characters and nicely written. It helps to have a map of London (Goggle works great) handy but it isn't necessary. The author as usual has done a great job of background research so the story flows smoothly. The plot is very good as is the major sub plot. But warning this book ends in a not quite cliff hanger. It can be read by its self but I would recommend the earlier books in the series mainly because they are excellent reads and will help make sense of the characters.

Overall a highly recommended read.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on August 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Harper Blaine solves all kinds of weird and creepy cases as a Seattle P.I. When she died for two minutes, Harper became a Greywalker and has been seeing all sorts of dead creatures ever since. When a former (and dead) old flame contacts Harper about her past, she decides to go investigate her father's death. And she's shocked when she hears the truth. Then, head vampire Edward sends her to England to investigate a missing vampire colleague. She goes, if only to check up on Will, another former (living) boyfriend of whom she's been having strange dreams.

In this latest installment, we get a deeper look into Harper's past and what helped to shape her into the person she is - her demanding and overly-dramatic mother, her father's tragic death, and other childhood trauma. And as events unfold in this story, Harper discovers that someone has been pulling the strings behind the scenes for a while. She discovers more about her father and more about her destiny as a Greywalker.

There are plenty of twists and surprises in this story, coupled with fantastic characters that make for exciting reading. Harper travels from Seattle to L.A. to London along her journey of discovery. And Richardson's narrative gives the reader a feeling of being right there with Harper. Vanished is full of thrills, chills and mystery. And this is easily my favorite in the series so far. Greywalker a unique urban fantasy series that won't disappoint.
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