Laurell K Hamilton lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two attack pugs, three birds, and a partridge in a pear tree.
An inhabitant of an alternate Earth very much like our own--except that magic coexists there with natural law, and preternatural beings like vampires and werewolves coexist with humans--Anita Blake is full of contradictions that make her a potent lead character for this continuing series. Although Anita is a licensed vampire executioner, one of her lovers is a vampire (the other is a werewolf); she packs more firepower than a small army, but is a dedicated Christian; she's tough-as-nails yet ultrafeminine; she tangles with seriously dangerous supernatural forces, but she's as matter of fact about dealing with magic as she is about bashing bad guys, and she's as quick with a quip as she is with a well-placed kick to the groin. In her ninth adventure (after Blue Moon), Anita is summoned to New Mexico by Edward (aka "Death"), the cold-blooded killer from previous books to whom she owes a favor. In the course of investigating a series of grotesque murders (victims torn to bloody bits, survivors flayed of all flesh), Edward becomes more human and Anita less so. Celibate for six months, Anita's usual steamy sexual encounters with her inhuman but hunky boyfriends are missing from this novel, but there's still a lot of beefcake to appreciate and the considerable sexual tension is both humorous and supportive of the plot. The gory story line--which wraps around an Aztec vampire goddess, a dwarf necromancer, bull-headed bigoted cops, hearts ripped from chests and a witch who conveniently appears in the nick of time--needs that bit of sustenance, but the book is still a monstrously entertaining read. (Jan.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
'A superb series' OUTLAND 'Death and gore galore ... Hamilton writes with ease and vigour...Great fun" SHIVERS 'I was enthralled - a departure from the usual type of vampire tale which will have a wide appeal to any reader hunting for both chills and fun' Andre Norton 'I've never read a writer with a more fertile imagination - and fewer inhibitions about using it' Diana Gabaldon 'Supernatural bad guys beware, night-prowling Anita Blake is savvy, sassy and tough' P N Elrod, author of THE VAMPIRE FILES
This is the ninth book in Hamilton's popular "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter" series. Anita is feisty and opinionated, and she never backs down from a fight. Oh, and she does dabble in a little vampire slaying. In this story, Edward, a monster hunter even more ruthless than Anita, asks her to come to Albuquerque to help him track down a creature so vicious that even he is spooked: it rips apart its victims and leaves its survivors skinned alive. For help in the investigation, they have to call on the city's master vampire, Itzpapalotl (Aztec for "obsidian butterfly"). This former Aztec priestess/nightclub owner agrees to answer questions--but only after dazzlingly displaying her awesome powers. As in Hamilton's other novels, this book contains an abundance of thrills, chills, violence, and sexual innuendo. Recommended for all public libraries.--Patricia Altner, Information Seekers, Bowie, MD Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.