Kat Richardson's Greywalker series features a private investigator heroine called Harper Blaine who lives in Seattle and thrives on a type of grey that lies far below the clouds. Harper's grey is the haunt of magic and ghosts, of history repeating itself, memories of Seattle's fire, and tunnels underground. The tunnels are real, though maybe not so accessible or so inhabited as in the novel Underground. They were left when builders raised the level of streets and buildings to avoid the floods.
Underground is the third book about Harper Blaine. The heroine died for two minutes some while ago, and, ever since, the paranormal has forced its way more deeply into her life. She investigates crimes in both worlds, looking for a monster that's killing the homeless while filing paperwork for real-world courts. Her skills in the grey increase with each new book, as does her and the readers' understanding; and author Kat Richardson does a nice job of building depth into her concepts, rather than piling ideas like toys on a rug. She does introduce new ideas in this book, and introduces them well. The monster is a fascinating construct, built from the stuff of legends. Real-world characters are convincingly reluctant when faced with the improbable. And the elderly Native American woman is delightfully mysterious and real.
There's a depth to Kat Richardson's Seattle too, not just in her research of its tunnels and history, but also in her descriptions that bring both past and present to life. Underground introduces some new concerns to the overarching tale, adding depth, and sometimes shallowness, to old characters. The new ideas promise more and leave me eager to read book four, but also make me realize that I really am hooked on the series now and curious to say where the story arc will go.
Well-written, well-researched, fascinating, definitely paranormal, and fun; I'm hoping my husband will like this one as much as I do, then I won't feel so guilty when shopping for more.
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A Greywalker with the ability to negotiate the shadowy realm between the living world and the paranormal, private detective Harper Blaine investigates the appearance of zombies roaming the underground beneath Seattle.
“A great heroine.” —New York Timesbestselling author Charlaine Harris