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Seawitch
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Seawitch
Greywalker Series, Book 7
Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases.
 
A quarter century ago, the Seawitch cruised away from her dock and disappeared with everyone on board. Now the boat has mysteriously returned to her old berth in Seattle and the insurance company has hired Harper to find out what happened—but she’s not the only one investigating.
 
Seattle police detective Rey Solis is a good cop, albeit one who isn’t comfortable with the creepy cases that always seem to end up in Harper’s lap. As Solis focuses on the possible murder of a passenger’s wife, Harper’s investigation leads her to a powerful being who may be responsible for the Seawitch’s disappearance. While their searches lead Harper and Solis in different directions, they will need to put aside their differences to solve a mystery twenty-five years in the making.…
Harper Blaine was your average small-time PI until she died—for two minutes. Now Harper is a Greywalker, treading the thin line between the living world and the paranormal realm. And she’s discovering that her new abilities are landing her all sorts of “strange” cases.
 
A quarter century ago, the Seawitch cruised away from her dock and disappeared with everyone on board. Now the boat has mysteriously returned to her old berth in Seattle and the insurance company has hired Harper to find out what happened—but she’s not the only one investigating.
 
Seattle police detective Rey Solis is a good cop, albeit one who isn’t comfortable with the creepy cases that always seem to end up in Harper’s lap. As Solis focuses on the possible murder of a passenger’s wife, Harper’s investigation leads her to a powerful being who may be responsible for the Seawitch’s disappearance. While their searches lead Harper and Solis in different directions, they will need to put aside their differences to solve a mystery twenty-five years in the making.…
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    Prologue

    I am trying to break my habit of dying. I've had my turns on the dance floor with death at least three times that I know of. So far, it has never lasted more than a few minutes and I hope I won't be staying longer anytime soon. Although I fear my next pas de deux with the Reaper will be the last and lasting one, I prefer to put that bow off as long as possible.

    Each time I've died, I've awakened changed in ways normal people can't see. These unexpected and unwanted adjustments have stuck me with a strange job: to protect the Grey, the fringe between the normal world and the world of the purely paranormal, from which rises the ghosts and monsters of our collective nightmares, where magic sings across the blackness of this world between worlds as clouds and lines of gleaming energy. Sometimes I must also protect the rest of the world from the Grey and things that are birthed there. I am not a magical creature myself—at least not in the way a ghost or a vampire, a witch or a sorcerer, is. I'm just the leg man and general dogsbody for the thing that guards the place; I'm a Greywalker—Hands of the Guardian, Paladin of the Dead.

    None of these titles are on my business cards or my office door. As far as the normal world of Seattle is concerned, I'm Harper Blaine, private investigator. It's the job I was doing long before an angry man killed me and helped introduce me to the Grey. I continue to do it partly because I'm good at it and largely because ghosts tend to stiff me on the bill. Some days I long for the boredom of background checks, personal–injury fraud, and missing persons handed off from an overworked police department. But something always seems to lead me back to the Grey, whether I want it to or not. My friends and family—such as they are—get the short, hard end of the stick too much of the time. I am sorry for that and I know I owe them something better. When the living nightmares are bleakest and thick around me, these ties are all that keep me anchored to what is good and right and human, and I will hold those things close, because this is not a job you quit—it's one you die from.

    Chapter 1

    The news called it a ghost ship. I didn't detect any ghosts from the outside, but the boat was enshrouded in thick, colored skeins of Grey fog and ghostlight in gleaming, watery shades: aqua and cerulean with thin whispers of violet twining through them all. I didn't see any ghosts per se, but there was definitely something paranormal going on—more than any reporter was likely to credit.

    I stood in the fog near the end of B dock, waiting, looking at the Seawitch. The insurance paperwork called the old wooden boat a fantail motor yacht, designed by someone named Ted Geary—which I guessed was a big deal. I've dealt with boats before, but I'm certainly not an expert and a lot of the technical information about this boat meant nothing to me. It had a long, low profile—relatively speaking—with a round stern and rakish angles that exuded a Jazz Age sense of power. I knew the family had money—the boat wasn't the only expensive object the insurance company that had hired me had covered for them—but the vessel wasn't flashy; in its current derelict and stained condition, freighted with mystery, it was grim.

    By all reports—official and speculative—the Seawitch had cruised away from its berth in this same marina twenty–seven years earlier and vanished from the knowledge of men, taking four passengers and one crewman with it. They had never returned but the boat had; suddenly and without any sign of hands aboard, it had...

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    August 1, 2012

    Since her death and resuscitation, PI Harper Blaine has joined the ranks of the Greywalkers, individuals who can walk between the world of the living and the realm of the supernatural. When a boat named the Seawitch returns to Seattle after having been missing for 25 years, Harper assists the insurance company's investigation. Police detective Rey Solis is also assigned to the case and, despite his discomfort with the supernatural events associated with Harper, must work with her to solve a potentially deadly mystery. VERDICT Richardson (Greywalker; Poltergeist) continues to produce fast-paced, intriguing urban fantasies featuring a tough and independent heroine. Series fans will want this title; recommend this also to readers who enjoy C.E. Murphy's Walker series and the novels of Rachel Caine and Seanan McGuire.

    Copyright 2012 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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