Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication: Berkley Hardcover (June 7, 2011)
Description: 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.
My Thoughts: This was back to old-school Anita. She and Edward are tracking down monsters in the Pacific Northwest. Of course, they can't say who the monsters are for fear of endangering anyone who learns of the existence of the Harlequin. Nor can they mention that these Harlequin are being controlled by the Mother of All Darkness who is still trying to take over Anita's body.
Edward calls in reinforcements including Olaf the psychpath serial killer who loves to torture and murder girls who are physical matches for Anita. He wants to date Anita. Anita is having no problem at all with refusing except that if she refuses that might encourage Olaf to add her to his list of victims again. Anita is certain that one day it will come down to her or Olaf. She just hopes it isn't today.
Anita also gets involved with a den of red tigers when she needs to feed the ardeur and one of her tigers to call lives there. She meets another tiger who is not pure-blooded and is treated badly by the group. He has four tigers inside including the elusive gold tiger.
There is a lot of politics among the Marshall corps as their supervisor takes an immediate and intense dislike to Anita. They also have problems when another of the Marshall's is attacked in infected with shapeshifting. Anita gets to work on her person to person skills as she convinces her to keep living, that is life is changed but not destroyed.
This was a very quick read filled with action, adventure, and danger. It was well-done urban fantasy and recommended for followers of this series. The only unfortunate part of the book for me was that we didn't get to see Jean-Claude or Richard in this one.
Could it get any worse? Wait, don't answer that, I know the answer. The answer is always yes. It can always get worse. Right now the Harlequin hadn't captured me, Mommie Darkest hadn't possessed me, and Olaf and I were still alive and hadn't f***ed each other; when I looked at it that way, it wasn't a half bad day.I bought the hard cover from Amazon as soon as it was available. You can get it at Amazon too.