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A fun series, getting deeper and more absorbing

  • Apr 12, 2010
Poltergeist is Kat Richardson's second Greywalker novel. It's now sitting on my husband's bookshelf waiting for him to finish Turn Coat, Jim Butcher's latest Harry Dresden offering. Once he finishes, I'll start...

But I was the one to read Poltergeist first, and I really enjoyed it. The two series (Harry Dresden and Greywalker) really do fit well together, with both authors slowly adding to their mysterious worlds, both giving the feel of a protagonist who doesn't know it all but is wise enough to learn. Harper Blaine learned to see into the edges of the Grey in Greywalker. Now she learns more control over what she sees and how she perceives it. Her friends' small child provides light relief with disastrous consequences, and a group of interested recruits in a paranormal research experiment provide the odd dead body and wounded hand.

All the old characters are here, even the world-trotting boyfriend carrying on his long-distance relationship. Quinton remains as mysterious and intriguing as ever. The scared vampire and the scary vampire continue to rack up debts owed and paid. And those who think they know it all end up learning they really don't, which seems fair to me.

Poltergeist is a fascinating mystery with dark undertones and exciting chases set in an absorbing world. But it's only number two in the series, so I'm pleased to know I'll have plenty more to go.

Now, if my husband would just hurry and finish Turn Coat...

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Richardson's clever ghost-busting follow-up to her solid urban fantasy debut (2006'sGreywalker) finds psychic Seattle PI Harper Blaine investigating a deadly lab-made spook. Pacific Northwest University professor and psychologist Gartner Tuckman is trying to replicate the results of an actual '70s Canadian psychokinesis experiment by the Owen group, whose participants appeared to create a poltergeist. Tuckman's assistant, Mark Lupoldi, provides fake phenomena to encourage the subjects' belief in their psychic abilities, but soon the experiment begins producing off-the-charts evidence of an actual specter. Tuckman suspects a participant of meddling with the results and hires Blaine to investigate. When Lupoldi is murdered, Blaine consults a number of experts, including a former vampire client, before slipping into the Grey spirit world to track the thought-entity who might be responsible. Richardson's view of the paranormal has a nice technological twist and features intriguing historical notes that lift this whodunit a cut above the average supernatural thriller.(Aug.)
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ISBN-10: 0451461754
ISBN-13: 978-0451461759
Author: Kat Richardson
Publisher: Roc

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