Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
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.
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.
Praise for the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Novels
"Hamilton remains one of the most inventive and exciting writers in the paranormal field."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris "If you've never read this series, I highly recommend/strongly suggest having the Anita Blake experience. Vampires, zombies, and shifters, oh my! And trust me, these are not your daughter's vampires."--Literati Book Reviews "A sex-positive, kick-ass female protagonist."--Starburst "Number one New York Times bestseller Hamilton is still thrilling fans...with her amazing multifaceted characters and intricate multilayered world, a mix of erotic romance, crime-drama, and paranormal/fantasy fiction. Her descriptive prose is gritty and raw, with a mosaic of humor and horror to tell this complex, well-detailed story. But it's her enigmatic stable of stars that continues to shine, managing their improbable interpersonal relationship dynamics."--Library Journal