Anita receives a package in the mail — the head of a vampire hunter. Vittorio, the vampire serial killer, has emerged again, this time in Las Vegas. The most frustrating thing about this book is that, if you squint hard and really look, there are shreds of the story the Anita Blake series once was. We could. But it was not to be. Because whenever we get close to the plot something interrupts!
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Hamilton Goodreads Author. Once you tell someone certain things, like, say, you got mailed a human head in a box, they tend to think you're crazy. Anita Blake's reputation has taken some hits. Not on the work front, where she has the highest kill count of all the legal vampire executioners in the country, but on the personal front.
No one seems to trust a woman who sleeps with the monsters. Still, wh Once you tell someone certain things, like, say, you got mailed a human head in a box, they tend to think you're crazy.
Still, when a vampire serial killer sends her a head from Las Vegas, Anita has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Several officers and one executioner have been slain - paranormal style Anita heads to Las Vegas, where she's joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward hiding behind his mild-mannered persona. It's a good thing Edward always has her back, because, when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses "tiger" too strongly to ignore it.
The were-tigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter United States of America. Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Skin Trade , please sign up. Can this be read as a stand alone? Sunset The books do follow a story but the most important stuff she explains again in each book annoying when you've read them all.
You'll probably miss a …more The books do follow a story but the most important stuff she explains again in each book annoying when you've read them all. You'll probably miss a bit but not too much you couldn't follow the plot.
I read one out of order and it wasn't too bad. See 1 question about Skin Trade…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. And can take the offer so we can all sleep. Because I'm the manliest woman. Louis and I am in Las Vegas, but I have heard how you sleep with everything with a dick.
You are a slut. AS: No I'm not. Shaw: Yes, you are. Cop 1: Yes, you are. Shaw arrives. Cop 1: Didn't you technically have this same argument earlier in the book?
AS: Shut up. I need to justify my sexual relationships because I don't have enough confidence in myself. And because my author has issues. SWAT: No you can't. We will totally stand by you and take back all the reservations we had about a human servant of a vampire and her integrity with the police.
AS: That's more like it. I have a manly man crush on you. AS: But we totally won't end up sexual partners in a future book. Olaf: I am a serial rapist and if you had any moral compass remaining, I'd be dead.
AS: Awwwwww, how sweet of you to say! Edward to Bernardo: Isn't that just a bit creepy. Bernardo: Yeah, Edward watching Bella sleeping creepy. AS: Do I have to love and have sex with everyone in this series? AS: Actually, Bernardo, you are a fine piece of ass. Bernardo: Aw, shucks, Anita, that's the nicest thing you've ever said to me.
Come over HERE! Shaw is there. Edward, Olaf, and Bernardo: Aren't we supposed to be doing an investigation? Reader: This is making me uncomfortable LKH: This is a feminist book! AS: No, I'm not doing it because the readers have complained about too much sex in these books and I'm waiting until the end to cram in the 17 sex scenes.
Bibiana: OK, I'll tell you everything you want to know. Cynric: HI!! Plot: Hello there, guys? I'm in this corner. AS: Dammit, guess that means I'm having sex with Olaf.
Let's wrap this up really quickly - oh, and put away your guns and shizz, because you won't need them. Vittorio: I am totally evil - watch me be sadistic and sexual, because that's totally what serial killers do. Anita Sue is the biggest, baddest, manliest woman that was ever manly! That said, endless fights with the cops, repetitive conversations, and more wangst than an emo teenager's LiveJournal make this book a drag and a bore to get through.
Anita Sue continues to remain the puerile adolescent in adult clothing she's been since book 1. She still feels the need to break into a justification for her relationships at the drop of a hat and, like the child she is, will so anything to prove how awesome she is. Lots of characters are raked through the coals. Edward is a cheap imitation of what he once was; Olaf no longer is the creepy serial rapist; Bernardo is nothing more than a sappy teenager seeking approval.
JC grows a bit of a backbone and chews Anita Sue out, but at the end of the day, he's very much Anita Sue's whipping boy. Wicked and Truth are laughable; supposedly, they are the biggest, baddest warriors, but they so desperately seek Anita Sue's panties, it's embarrassing. And any police officer must give Anita Sue lots of sh! What about Richard, Micah, Nathaniel, and the million of other characters? Mentioned in passing or not at all. Geez, well, thanks for that.
What about women? We have the "woman-hating" Thurgood, the sexual Bibiana who is sexually manipulative like all women in this book , and Alma, Bibiana's aide, who was sexually assault.
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