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Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novels

By Laurell K. Hamilton

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Format: Paperback, 608 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 November 2009
Once you tell someone certain things, like, say, you got mailed a human head in a box, they tend to think you're crazy. Anita Blake's reputation has taken some hits. Not on the work front, where she has the highest kill count of all the legal vampire executioners in the country, but on the personal front. No one seems to trust a woman who sleeps with the monsters. Still, when a vampire serial killer sends her a head from Las Vegas, Anita has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Several officers and one executioner have been slain - paranormal style...Anita heads to Las Vegas, where she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward hiding behind his mild-mannered persona. It's a good thing Edward always has her back, because, when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses "tiger" too strongly to ignore it. The were-tigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher...

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The stunning seventeenth adventure from Laurell K. Hamilton featuring her Vampire Hunter heroine

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish. She invites you to visit her website at


In Hamilton's ( 17th entry in her New York Times best-selling Anita Blake series, following Blood Noir (2008), the vampire hunter heads to Las -Vegas to track down Vittorio, the serial-killer vampire from Incubus Dreams (2004). Narrator Kimberly Alexis, who has read several previous titles in this series, conveys Anita's strength and vulnerability by lacing her dialog with a slight edge of anger. Though her performance is generally clean and crisp, her rendering of Jean-Claude's just-off-the-boat, European-accented English translates as anything but erotic, and, except for Edward, her characterization of the other males is also unmemorable. Still, devotees will appreciate. ["Buy multiple copies for all those eager fans," read the review of the Berkley hc, LJ 6/1/09.-Ed.]-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Hamilton's 17th Anita Blake novel draws the vampire hunter into a game of cat-and-mouse with a particularly monstrous vampire named Vittorio. Aided by sadistic serial killer Otto Jefferies, convenient sociopath Edward Kemper and fanged escorts handpicked by her lover Jean-Claude, U.S. marshal Anita offers her services to Las Vegas, now under siege from Vittorio's army of enthralled preternatural beings. Manipulated by the cunning Vittorio and occasionally misled by coincidental events, Anita employs her insight into Vittorio's condition and weaponized libido as the decisive weapons in this struggle. The book is largely concerned with the melodramatic conflict between hunter and hunter and Blake's soap-operatic love life, but Hamilton does manage some genuinely moving passages, particularly those describing the terror of innocent vampires caught up in the arbitrary and draconian U.S. legal system. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780755352555
ISBN: 0755352556
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 4.2 centimetres (0.37 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This was a great read and very hard to put down. It was the Anita of old with her personality fun as always. It was great to see her back in the role of US Marshall, doing what she does best catching the bad guy. It tide up lots of loose ends from previous books. The return of Edward, Olaf and Bernado is always good to see the scene between these three and Anita are always fun and occasionally a little creepy (in Olaf's case). The book lacked the men she loves which was a disappointment, although she does make some new friends along the way. I am looking forward to a confrontation with the Mother of Darkness hopefully soon.
This Book has alot of the Supernatural going on and less "shooting up" which I liked, The story line and plot are fairly good, the best part of the book to me was the dynamic of Anita, Edward, Olaf and Bernado working together again, however the sexual content was at an all time high and quite explicit (from midway to the end it was basically all soft porn), I think this undermines the writing and the story somewhat, however it is Anita Blake and it still is an entertaining read.

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