Book Critique - Nightwalker (Harrison Investigation # 9)

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Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: An intriguing paranormal plot heavily doused on history filled with murder, mystery, romance and ghosts.

Nightwalker is the ninth book in the Harrison Investigation Series by the paranormal author Heather Graham published in March of 2009. The plot is centered around Jessy Sparhawk - a pirate artist at one of the Las Vegas casino - and Dillon Wolf - a private investigator working for Harrison Investigations who is hired to investigate a murder. The plot is set in Las Vegas, NV.

Long before her Krewe of Hunters series (My review of the books I have read in that series so far are here), she had her Harrison Investigation Series headed by Adam Harrison. She credits him for starting the FBI special division called the Krewe of Hunters. While I was reading those books I was curious to read about Adam Harrison and books that came under his series. And so the book reviews continue in this series.

Despite her aversion to gamble, Jessy Sparhawk plays her bet that gives her a winning changing life. However while she was collecting her winnings, a man staggers to her table, falling on her and pinning her down before he dies. Dillon Wolf, so enamored by Jessy, pushes himself into the role of her protector, despite his primary goal to investigate the murder.

Unknowingly Jessy opens a door to the world of ghosts and spirits when she becomes the one to have the dead man fall on her. But there is a past that is being repeated in the present. For what purpose and what end yet to be found, but Dillon knows that now Jessy is in the line of the killer's eye. And he has to do everything in his power to save, even if it means if he has to revisit the past.

The protagonist is introduced to be from Harrison Investigations from the beginning of the plot. We also see Adam Harrison and two more of his agents - Brent and Nikki Blackhawk, whom we had first met in the third book in the series Ghost Walk. Of course we had known Nikki as Nikki DuMonde in that plot, but now she is married to Brent and takes his name.

The plot traversed between past and present and sometimes the same details were repeated again and again. However it was less paraphrasing compared to some of her other books I read. 

I had a guess between two people as to who the mastermind behind the whole killings would be by the time I was three-fourths way with the book. However, it still caused a pause for me when the actual killer was revealed at the end. Heather tied up all the inconsequential details in neatly towards the end of the plot as usual.

A very good mingle of murder and mystery; past and present; reenactment and reincarnation; and above all romance and love. Although I am surprised at the number of grammatical and sometimes character errors I see in the books as the series progresses. Clearly who ever edits for Heather Graham isn't doing a good job.

On a side note, in the copy of the book that I have, hard card inserts that gives reader an opportunity to either join a book club and win books, or buy a book and get a few free, were torn by someone who owned this book prior to me. Finally I found a book where someone used those cards for real. 

Another intriguing paranormal plot heavily doused on history filled with murder, mystery, romance and ghosts. A tale that captures one easily till the end.

Spoiler Alerts:

1. Plot Reveals:

a. Dillon Wolf quotes George Santayana in the plot. His last named resembled a South Indian last name so I assumed he was from India or Indian heritage. Interestingly he was originally from Spain but became an American. More about him here.

2. Sub-Plots:

a. Another one of Adam Harrison's team is introduced in conversations - John, in the first book Haunted. Will he become a main character in a future book is something we have to wait and see. 

b. In Haunted, Adam Harrison mentions that the case in London is complex and would be solved another time, hence he has come to Stoneyville to aid Darcy Tremayne. I wonder if Heather Graham would make this little tidbit into a plot for a future book in this series or the Krewe of Hunters series.

c. In The Vision, Heather Graham has one of her characters, Jack, mention about a guy killing prostitutes around Eighth Street in Miami. I don’t remember any of Heather Graham's so far read plots that has this certain plot. Perhaps it is from one of the books I didn’t read or maybe it was just an off-hand instead mentioned for the sake of the plot.

d. In The Dead Room, Brent Blackhawk is shown to be out in Los Angeles on a case. Adam Harrison is scheduled to head to London from Manhattan the following day for a case. I wonder if Heather's next plot would be in Los Angeles or London. 

3. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character Errors:

a. On Pg. 58, Line 10, it should be "…close enough to report to…"

b. On Pg. 63, Line 1, it should be "….right out from under me."

c. On Pg. 86, Line 10, it should be "…as big as he was, went down…"

d. On Pg. 87, Line 7, it should be "…that he would stop banging on…"

e. On Pg. 125, Line 11, it should be "…a heart-shaped face, and,  despite…."

f. On Pg. 213, Line 16, it should be "…just dump him in the ….."

g. On Pg. 230, Line 2 from bottom, it should be "…but I do think evil…"

h. On Pg. 264, Line 3 from bottom, it should either be "….Where would he be planning…" or "Where could he be planning…"

i. On Pg. 300, in the scene where Jessy wakes up morning after Brent, Nikki and Adam arrive at Dillon's home, Heather mentions that Jessy and Dillon hadnt slept until around eight thirty and in the same line she mentions that Jessy woke up early. So what was the time actually? 8:30am or earlier than that or later than that? If later, how can it be early in the day?

j. On Pg. 301, Line 3 from bottom, it should be "…just me, no one else…"

k. On Pg. 313, while depicting the past in a newspaper article, Heather mentions that five hired guns working for Frank Varny were killed in the bloodbath that happened in 1876. But the following page when she has Dillon comparing the people in that scene from long ago to players in present day, she talks about three gun slingers could possibly be the three dead men. And that two more hired guns were remaining and she goes to tell that would it be another gun slinger and Davison. But Davison was also mentioned separately on pg. 313 as the one who died. I may not be articulating it well, but there is a clear error in the number of people regarding that scene between both pages.

l. On Pg.321, Line 14, it shows that Adam got Frye talking. But the immediate passages indicate Adam talking to the croupier instead of Frye.

m. On Pg. 330, Line 7, it should be "…he wasn't even sure it was…"


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