Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton

Book Details
Hit List by Laurell K. Hamilton
Hardcover, 336 Pages
2011, Berkley Hardcover
ISBN: 0425241130
Series: Book 20 of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter

A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

For an Anita Blake book set outside of St. Louis, with Anita away from most of her people, I really enjoyed Hit List. Anita teaming up with Edward and Bernardo again delighted me. Even Olaf/Otto being there didn't make me cringe as much as usual. As much as I love Anita on her own turf, surrounded by her sweeties (god, I do hate that term), Anita in Tacoma ranks right up there with Anita in Las Vegas (in Skin Trade). Not for the secondary characters this time, as with Skin Trade, but for terms of big deal plot progression.

Anita's hunting a serial killer. Or several. All she really knows is that they are Harlequin, which means she can't exactly explain what's going on to the local authorities. The marshal in charge despises her, she desperately needs to find someone to feed the ardeur, and The Mother of All Darkness wants to claim Anita's body for her own.

There is a lot going on in Hit List, enough that I had to stop and think a minute at certain points. The sex was there, as always, but primarily for plot progression and as hot and steamy as always. Everything in the last few books kind of came to a head here in the end of Hit List, and it was almost totally satisfying. I probably would have only enjoyed it more if there had been more in the way of Jean-Claude, Asher, Damian and Nathaniel and less random bodyguard/food for the ardeur weres.

I can't end this review without mentioning the cover. It's hideously god-awful. Worst Anita Blake cover ever. If I was new to the series, I never would have given the book a second glance, never mind take it off the shelf.


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