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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reissue edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060572965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060572969
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,185,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The only girl in a large family of boys, former tomboy Kim Harrison invented the first Brigadier General Barbie in self-defence. She shoots a very bad game of pool and rolls a very good game of dice. When not at her keyboard, she enjoys lounging on the couch with a bowl of popcorn watching action movies with The-Guy-In-The-Leather-Jacket. She plays her Ashiko drum when no one is listening, and is hard to find when the moon is new.

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‘action packed … chick-lit with a supernatural twist.‘
The Times

‘A spellbinding blend of sharp wit and vivid imagination. A wonderfully fun romp through the supernatural world.’
Kelly Armstrong

‘Discovering a new series like this is like finding buried treasure.’
Diana Gabaldon

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She’ll bring them back alive, dead....or undead.

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I stood in the shadows of a deserted shop front across from The Blood and Brew Pub, trying not to be obvious as I tugged my black leather pants back up where they belonged. Read the first page
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By E. Taylor on 8 Feb 2007
Format: Paperback
Dead Witch Walking opens on a stakeout. We are introduced to our heroine who works for inderland security which is a kind of supernatural police force. The scene is set and backup whispers some intel in her ear. I was picturing something like a police radio but instead it was a 4 inch pixie called Jenks swinging of her hoop ear-rings. I found this highly amusing and its this wit and charm that really carries you through the story.

The heroine is called Rachel and she is more or less forced to leave the job as her boss is giving her all the worst jobs usually reserved for trainees. She is presented at being good at the job but a bit gung-ho and tends to leave a trail of destruction. You know the type, hates authority but gets the job done. Anyway the mysterious seductive Ivy(a living vampire) and the grumpy but funny pixie Jenks decide to come with her to start a private agency. Ivy is one of the best "runners" working for Inderland security so the boss gets mad and targets Rachel for termination sending bounty hunters after her in force!

The story is an action adventure with Rachel trying to avoid the constant threat of imminent death and come up with a way to get the old boss off her back. The scrapes she manages to get herself into are really imaginative and fun to read about.

The characters are well drawn and likable. The whole world Kim Harrison creates is really interesting. It has Witches, vampire, pixies etc co-existing in a world with humans after a plague diminished the human population considerably. It's not an easy co-existance but its well imagined.

The story leaves plenty of open threads that I'm sure will be explored in the next books but still manages to have a satisfactory ending!

I've already ordered the next two in the series! Also I love the Clint Eastwood inspired titles!
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Pheonix329 on 17 Feb 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As a fan of Laurell.K.Hamilton and her Anita Blake series I`m always a little sceptical when reading new books involving vampires and other preturnatural creatures.
However, from the very start this book proved itself worthy.
The main charactor Rachel Morgan is intelligent, beautiful, sarcastic and a little reckless.
She is joined/partnered by a vampire (Ivy) and a pixie (Jenks) and slowly throughout the book a bond is formed between them that is both heartwarming and at times funny.
This book starts a little slow in chapters 1 and 2 but soon picks up pace and keeps you interested.
If you`re a fan of the Anita Blake series then this should float your boat - or at least register on radar.
It is both well written and well paced with some good humor thrown in to add to it`s charm.
My opinion is that this is potentially the start of what could become a great series and Kim Harrison an excellent writer.
Only time will tell as the series devlops so I`ll leave you to make your own minds up - but I doubt you`ll be disappointed.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By slayra on 17 Mar 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Rachel Morgan is a young earth witch working with the Cincinnati division of the I.S., an agency that specializes in catching supernatural criminals. Still, the red-haired, temperamental witch is unhappy with her job: things haven't been going smoothly and her boss hates her. So she decides to leave the I.S. dragging with her Ivy, a 'living vampire' who was her former partner and Jenks (a male pixie), her current back-up. Trouble is... you don't leave the I.S.; it's a contract for life.

This novel is the first for author Kim Harrison and also the first in her 'Rachel Morgan' series (currently at five books). While it doesn't have a very complex plot (it's your standard story of the heroine running for her life), it sets the stage for future books as it introduces the major characters and the world they move in. Strangely, the central figure of the story, Rachel, is not the most developed character in this book. Ivy, the vampire roommate and Jenks, the pixy are much more complex and tri-dimensional.

The book starts out slow and is even boring for the first five or six chapters, but the pace picks up and it becomes interesting enough. The writing style contributes to this; you can see a positive evolution throughout the book.

In the end, this book is worth more as a prequel for the novels to come than for it's story. If it was a stand-alone, it wouldn't be very good, as it has no complex plot and the heroine is quite weak, as if the author merely sketched her instead of fully drawing her. Rachel Morgan comes to life in future books as does the story. Dead Witch Walking is certainly not meant to be read by itself.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Oct 2006
Format: Paperback
I actually would like to award this book four and a half stars - it's not quite up to five stars, for me, but then four is underselling it. Still, it's a really good book to while away a long afternoon.

Rachel Morgan is a white witch in a world where supernatural people mix with humans. Vampires, witches, werewolves, pixies, fairies... they are all part of the `modern' world in Cincinnati where Rachel lives. Her job in Inderland Security (Inderlander being the name for non-humans) is as a kind of police officer for the supernaturals but for some reason she's getting the worst possible jobs assigned to her. When she arrests a leprechaun she is offered a way out - the leprechaun wants her freedom and will, in return, grant three wishes. Rachel decides to take her up on this offer to gain freedom from Interland Security and a new life for herself.

On the way she has to give two of her three wishes to her companions of the moment - Jenks the pixie and Ivy the Alive Vampire. These two characters are excellent - Ivy is spooky with her vampiric nature, although as she's not yet dead she doesn't have to exist on blood; and Jenks is just brilliant as the annoying yet fun pixie with a huge family.

Ivy and Rachel find themselves living in a church and trying to settle down in some kind of domestic situation with all the difficulties of vampire and witch living together - and then Rachel realises that she's got a price on her head and is a Dead Witch Walking.

Rachel, Ivy and Jenks need to pull off a huge coup for Inderland Security to remove the death threat from Rachel so they start investigating an important local businessman who they believe is running drugs. Things get more and more complicated, they run into danger and hook up with new colleagues.
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