Hit List

Laurell K. Hamilton, Author
Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley, $27.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-425-24113-4
Reviewed on: 04/25/2011
Release date: 06/01/2011
Compact Disc - 978-0-14-314563-9
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-7553-5261-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 321 pages
Hardcover - 310 pages - 978-0-7553-5259-3
Paperback - 320 pages - 978-0-7553-5260-9
Downloadable Audio - 978-1-4159-6748-5
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-101-50610-3
Open Ebook - 336 pages - 978-1-101-51550-1
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As punchy as her first foray, Anita Blake's 20th adventure (after 2010's Bullet) finds the intrepid vampire hunter far from her familiar St. Louis environs. Someone is slaughtering weretigers just outside of Tacoma. When Anita recognizes the handiwork of the Harlequin, ninja-like paranormal assassins, she suspects they're in the employ of the Mother of All Darkness, the legendary vampire queen who wants to reincarnate herself in Anita's body and take advantage of her mingled vampire and lycanthrope bloodlines. Complicating matters are a marshal who detests Anita for no apparent reason and a psychopathic deputy who wants to kill her. The action occasionally bogs down in the sexual trysts Anita indulges in to stoke her supernatural abilities, but for the most part, Hamilton goes back to basics and delivers a sleek, hard-boiled page-turner. (June)