Rawlins is large man, with coffee-colored skin, in his late fifties and with greying hair. 
Harry describes Henry Rawlins as a blocky man, comfortably overweight, in his mid-fifties, has a frosted grey beard contrasting with his dark skin and looks about as soft as a Brinks truck. He wears a weather-beaten overcoat and an off-the-rack suit.
He is married and has children. He is a good cop who gets in trouble with his superiors by following his instincts instead of police procedure. He has a droll sense of humor and is one of the few on the force who believe in the supernatural.
He is a uniformed cop in Dead Beat, but he's been a detective twice. Both times he was demoted "on account of I have an attitude problem."
At the end of Proven Guilty, Rawlins was again made a detective and a member of Special Investigations. He is partnered with Karrin Murphy. There are indications Rawlins knew Murphy as a little girl, having been a friend of her father, and he's assumed to be the only person alive who is allowed to call her "Karrie."
In the SeriesEdit
In Dead Beat, Harry first sees Rawlins while Listening to him talking the security man downstairs, though it wasn't his job to that. Rawlins used to be a detective, it comes natural to him. Rawlins catches Harry surreptitiously examining a crime scene at the Field Museum. Rawlins recognizes him, knows that he works with Murphy, and compliments him on his work. He shows him a relevant news clipping about Corpsetaker and Li Xian. When Harry asks why Rawlins is helping him, he tells him a story of when he was a young cop; he had interrupted a "thing" attacking a woman, and it had turned on him, about to kill him, when Collin Murphy had appeared and killed it with a shotgun loaded with rocksalt.
In Proven Guilty, Rawlins was on the scene of the initial attack at SplatterCon!!! with a name tag reading "An Authority Figure." He had arrested Nelson Lenhardt for the crime, because there were no other suspects and he hoped the boy knew something that could help the investigation, though he believed him innocent. He lets Harry look at the crime scene through the door.
Later in Proven Guilty, he helps Harry and Murphy with the phobophage attacks. He ends up being kidnapped by Darby Crane, soon identified as Madrigal Raith, along with Harry, and gets a bullet shot through his foot. Thomas appears out of the dark to stop Crane from killing him.
In Changes, he is only mentioned. The first time: Henry called Murphy in the night letting her know about Harry's building exploding. Murphy tough some baddy finally got to Harry. The second time: Rawlins and Stallings searched Murphy's place.