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Nightwalker

Nightwalker

Written by Heather Graham

Narrated by Tanya Eby Sirois and Fred Stella


Nightwalker

Written by Heather Graham

Narrated by Tanya Eby Sirois and Fred Stella

ratings:
3.5/5 (14 ratings)
Length:
9 hours
Released:
Mar 31, 2009
ISBN:
9781423391289
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Jessy Sparhawk has seen firsthand how gambling can ruin people's lives. But one night, desperate for money, she places the bet that will change her life forever. Just as she's collecting her winnings, a man stumbles through the crowd, a knife protruding from his back, and crashes into her, pinning her to the craps table.

Hired to investigate the murder, private detective Dillon Wolf finds himself fascinated by the gorgeous redhead who'd been trapped beneath the victim - and by the single word the dying man had whispered in her ear, Indigo.

What neither of them realizes is that the nightmare is only just beginning. Because bodyguard Tanner Green may have been killed by that knife, but his angry ghost isn't going anywhere - not without vengeance. Now, literally caught between the living and the dead, Dillon and Jessy have no choice but to forge ahead together. Their investigation will take them from the glitz of the Vegas strip into the dealings of casino magnate Emil Landon, the man who signs both their paychecks, and out into the desert to a ghost town called Indigo, where past and present come together in a search for gold.

Years ago, blood was shed on that very ground, and now it looks as if history is about to repeat itself, with the living and the dead facing off for possession of a fortune, and Dillon and Jessy fighting not only to stay alive but for the chance to build a future.

Released:
Mar 31, 2009
ISBN:
9781423391289
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than a hundred novels. She's a winner of the RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Thriller Writers' Silver Bullet. She is an active member of International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, check out her websites: TheOriginalHeatherGraham.com, eHeatherGraham.com, and HeatherGraham.tv. You can also find Heather on Facebook.

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  • (4/5)
    In the Las Vegas Sun casino, entertainer Jessy Sparhawk wins quite a lot of money at the craps table. Before the Lakota Sioux can rejoice over her gambling winnings, bodyguard Tanner Green falls on top of Jessy. Not moving once he lands on her, Tanner is dead from a knife in his back.

    Great characters! Lots of mystery. Pretty good love story too! I always look forward to a Heather Graham's books. I especially like her paranormal series.
  • (3/5)
    I have always enjoyed read Heather Graham's novels. This one has some interesting characters, especially Ringo.

    One night, desperate for money to support her grandfather, Jessy Sparhawk places the bet that will change her life forever. Just as she's collecting her winnings, a man stumbles through the crowd, a knife protruding from his back and crashes in to her pinning her to the table.

    Hired to investigate the murder, private detective Dillon Wolf fins himself fascinated by the gorgeous redhead who'd been trapped beneath the victim - and by the single word the dying man has whispered in her ear.
  • (4/5)
    This is the first book of Heather Graham I readed. A man falls and dies on top of Jessy Sparhawk in a Las Vegas casino. The Dead guy name Tanner Green that was a body gaurde. After this event Jessy sees the Ghost of the dead guy that died on her. Than comes in a private Investigator name Dillon Wolf and Ringo the Ghost that hangs around with Dillon. So Jessy and Dillon works together to solve the mystery of Tanner's death. I like this book. will read more of Heather Graham books.
  • (3/5)
    I always love when mystery stories have a paranormal element to them. In this case, Nightwalker deals with a woman named Jessy Sparhawk who finds out she can see ghosts after a man dies on top of her in a Las Vegas casino. Private investigator Dillon Wolf is a Nightwalker himself (someone who can see ghosts), and finds himself drawn to Jessy. They team up and together try to solve the mystery of the death of Tanner Green and the mysterious word he said to Jessy.There were quite a few things I liked about this novel. First of all, the mystery going on in the present-day has a distinct connection to past events. Though I thought the whole unraveling of connections that happened near the climax was boring, I still enjoyed seeing the parts fit together. Secondly, there are ghosts. Ringo, a ghost Dillon hangs out with, is by far my favorite character. He added a lot of humor to the book, which I appreciated. Thirdly, it's just a good story. A man dying on top of one of the main characters near the beginning of the novel sets a great pace and an interesting situation to follow.However, these good things were overshadowed by the lack of development. Everything seemed a little shallow for me: the plot, the characters, even the setting. It was all pretty much stereotypical, and surprisingly, not much conflict from a mystery. Though everyone kept stressing how much "danger" Jessy was in, only two dangerous things happened to her before the climax hit. And they weren't all that bad. Considering everyone's obsessive concern and the length of the novel, there could have been quite serious threats before Graham took off with the climax. I wanted the stakes to be amped up; especially since a supposed fortune in gold was on the line. I also wanted to see the characters go through tough situations and change and grow, but that didn't happen at all. There's a bit of romance, which helped a little, but not much.Honestly, if I read this in print, I probably would have rated it far lower. I enjoyed this much more in audiobook format. I was able to relax or do productive things while listening to it, which is always nice, because I don't feel as if I wasted my time. I also really liked having the two narrators to do the differing male and female parts. Sometimes the dialogue was awkward when offstage narrator had to jump in real quick, but it did become smoother as the book went on. So, either I got used to it or the editing became better. Maybe a little bit of both.I would recommend Nightwalker as a beach read, or as something to put on in the background when you don't really want to be invested in something too complicated. It's easy to follow along, and there's a decent story behind it. It's something worth thinking about for mystery lovers.
  • (2/5)
    I picked this book up because the premise looked interesting- Jessy Sparhawk is running on empty. Desperate for some money, she gambles what’s left at a Vegas casino. What she doesn’t expect is the large man who stumbles into her, and dies rather dramatically, with a knife sticking out of his back and a single word whispered in her ear. Suddenly, Jessy finds herself in the middle of murders, ghosts, and the obligatory sexy private detective, Dillon Wolf. I found all the characters to be rather flat, and frankly a little boring. There was no character development to speak of, and that’s usually my favorite part of a story- watching the characters grow and change. I almost didn’t finish the book, because it seemed just like the other book of Heather Graham’s that I read (Ghost Walk). It felt tired, and even the little surprises didn’t seem all that surprising or unexpected. Nothing really stood out to say “This is a great book!” In fact, it was rather forgettable.
  • (2/5)
    This book was not for me. I finished it, but I didn't enjoy it. I found it to be a cheesy ghost story that didn't have enough depth. I actually liked Ringo (one of the ghosts in this story) more than I liked either Dillon or Jessy. I can't tell you why I even kept reading this. I guess I just wanted to finish it, but there wasn't any pull to even figure out what was really going on. I wasn't interested or even intrigued with the plot line and the death of the bodyguard. I wasn't even really into the whole hookup between Dillon and Jessy. For me, usually I'm at least into one part or the other!Overall, the book isn't written badly, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I can't say that I'll give up on this author, but I won't be rushing for another one anytime soon.
  • (4/5)
    Reviewed for queuemyreview.com; book release Apr09“I see dead people.” That line from The Sixth Sense, delivered by that child actor, has become one of the more famous, and infamously parodied, in recent history. It sent chills up my spine when I saw the movie and even now, just remembering gives me the shivers. I’m not sure what the continuing lure is for stories about ghosts, but it’s certainly an enduring part of every society and every generation. Heather Graham’s latest romantic suspense, “Nightwalker”, provides a peek into her take on ghosts and those who can communicate and see them. Luckily for us, they use this power for good.Jessy is a native of Las Vegas, so she’s well versed on the odds of winning a bit pot at the craps table; and when it happens to her, she’s thrilled…until seconds later a stranger crashes into her and dies…trapping her under his body and the word “indigo” uttered with his dying breath. Now all of a sudden, she’s seeing the dead man everywhere. And the starkly handsome private investigator who dragged the dead body off her is dogging her steps for information…and maybe just a bit more.Dillon sees dead people, and that’s NOT a joke. For him it began after the death of his parents, and he was lucky enough to meet up with a man who understood and nurtured his talent. Now he works for that man with a group of others like him…the Nightwalkers. They provide assistance for the ghosts, helping them to move on. Dillon is in Vegas working on a case when he spots Jessy at the craps table. Something about her draws him in and it’s not just her gorgeous looks. Both Dillon and his ghostly pal have a baaad feeling that Jessy’s in danger as it looks like whoever killed the dead man is doing a little clean-up since everyone who came in close contact with him is dying…violently.This story begins in the distant past in a Wild West saloon, and ends a few miles away in Vegas. Most everything in the story has meaning to both the past and the present. I found it fascinating the way Graham’s plotting pulled in descendants of the original story for the spine-tingling finale. The book is really more of a mystery/suspense with a bit of romance than the other way around, so if this is something that bugs you, consider yourself warned! The hints and clues to the mystery are sprinkled throughout the read and I didn’t fully figure out ‘whodunit’ until the author’s dénouement.My only complaint with “Nightwalker” would be the dearth of back-story development of the main characters. We only get a glimpse into the ‘whys and wherefores’ of the whole ‘seeing ghosts’ ability. Ditto for anything other than the most cursory exploration of the backgrounds of the hero and heroine. I still enjoyed Heather Graham’s latest for what it is…a good mystery, with some action, suspense, and a tinge of romance.