by Kat Richardson
Review by Gayle Surrette
Roc Trade Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 045146107X
Date: 03 October, 2006 List Price $14.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Now, I don't know about you, but I found Harper's reaction to blow these people off and keep hoping things will clear up as she heals to be a valid response to being told you can see into the mist between life and death. But the vision problems don't clear up. The hospital bills are coming due and Harper's got some clients. She's also got someone breaking into her office and her apartment. So, taking a deep breath it's back to the witch and the professor for help. Eventually, she learns they're not flakes; it's just that they don't put limits on themselves as to what to believe, and they seem to have an honest interest in helping her.
This isn't our Seattle -- magic works, vampires exist, but otherwise it's big city glitz and crime as we all know it. Harper knows the city and she knows her job. She's got to deal with her new ability and learn to recognize the signs so she doesn't get pulled into the grey and lost. But she's looking for a mother's missing adult son, a case that leads her to learning about vampires in the city and their reach into all stratas of the city. She has another client, who may kill her if she doesn't find his parlor organ. Oh, and there's a kink in the ley lines about the city and it's drawing magic into a mystical battery that could destroy the city. Not to mention, she's now got two very different and very interesting men in her life.
Harper is independent, determined, capable, and feminine. She's also smart and resourceful. But she's not all-powerful; the reader can identify with her problems, and her confusion. All the characters have depth and quirks. I'm hoping Richardson gives us more with these people because I think I'd like to get to know them better.