Reviewed: July 19, 2005
By: Laurell K. Hamilton
384 pages, $10.99
Anita Blake raises zombies for a living,
in a world like ours but not quite the same place. Zombies can be used to
settle all sorts of legal questions, or to testify as to who killed them.
Anita is also a licensed vampire slayer and an assistant to the policeís monster
squad. But this adventure begins with her primary profession.
Itís supposed to be a matter of finding
out who is buried beneath a plot of land in another part of the country in
order to clear the way for a real estate development. Thatís the story, anyway.
But in this alternate reality where vampires have human rights and can only
be killed if it has been proven they have murdered a human being, nothing
is ever quite as simple as advertised.
Anita is breaking in a junior partner,
young Larry, and the pair find themselves involved with fairy folks and a
nightmare monster before the story ends.
They also find themselves caught in
the middle of a power struggle between Jean-Claude, the master vampire of
Louis, and Serphina, a much less accommodating master. As usual in these tales,
Anita has to fend off Jean-Claudeís amorous intentions, and face the forces
of a greater darkness.
Also as usual, all of this takes place
at breakneck speed over just a day or two. One hopes that Anitaís life does
slow down from time to time.
I detest the marketing of these books.
Up to this point the sexual content of Anitaís adventures has been suggestive,
but nowhere near as graphic as the book covers would suggest. Happily, Iíve
been reading these in e-book format and havenít had to put up with anyone
wondering what on earth prompted me to pick up a book that lurid.