Jun 4, 2009
Skin Trade - Vampire Book Review
Skin Trade (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 17)
by Laurell K Hamilton
Berkley, June, 2 2009.
[Reviewed by Patricia]
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, also known as the Executioner, finds a surprise package on her desk one early morning. Inside, carefully packed in ice, is a human head. Very little spooks the tough as nails, pretty as a picture, Anita, but this ugly parcel give her pause. It brings back terrifying memories of a vicious, serial killer/vampire named Vittorio. An enclosed note tells her this is his handiwork. He wants her to know! Wants her to come after him! The package came from Las Vegas, NV.
Only a short time ago she had fought and destroyed several of his undead entourage, but not until they had slaughtered more than ten people in St. Louis.
She immediately alerts the Vegas police who are not surprised to hear from her. Anita's name was found smeared in blood on a wall near a brutal crime scene that claimed the lives of members of the Las Vegas' preternatural police.
As a US Marshall Anita easily pulls the assignment to investigate the killings. Along with her are other marshals she has worked with: cold as ice Edward; the ruthless, psychopath Olof; and the extraordinarily handsome Bernardo, the least aggressive member of the team. Like Anita they often take on the supernaturals who have gone rogue. It seems obvious at first who the villain must be, but as often happen the truth is much more complex. The powerful were-tigers are involved, as well as a mysterious other. The ancient and powerful vampire beauties Belle Morte and Marmee Noir have their own plans for Anita. Away from Jean-Claude, her vampire lover and Master of St Louis, both believe Anita to be vulnerable to their machinations.
For readers who have been longing for the engaging stories of the early Anita Blake books (beginning with the aptly titled Guilty Pleasures ), sensual stories of mystery and adventure but without two thirds of the book devoted to graphic sex, their wish has been granted. Right from the start this supernatural thriller grabs your attention and doesn't let go. I haven't enjoyed an Anita story this much in years!!
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