2013, Berkley Hardcover
Series: Book 22 of Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed.
Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.”
Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes…
Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
The Good: Violence, mystery, sadness, and death take center stage here. There is a clearly shifted focus from the sex of the previous books to the personal and professional interactions of the characters here. Speaking of sex, while most prudish readers complain about the sexual turn this series took LONG AGO, there is absolutely no sex in this book for the first 280 pages. You don't even see a overtly graphic sex scene until you're about 400 pages in. The envelope is pushed further here, sexually, than we've seen previously in the series, but that's a good thing - a natural progression for Anita.
The Bad: I didn't love the reasoning behind the rotting zombie disease. As it stood, either Anita should have figured it out earlier knowing all that she does, or it should have had a different origin that explained Anita's inability to pinpoint its origin immediately.