Image of The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15)

THE HARLEQUIN

Image of The Harlequin (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15)

Hamilton's latest Anita Blake installment is enjoyable, fast-paced and engaging. Anita's adventures are moving out of the bedroom and back into the wider world. There are a few problems with the pacing -- the sheer amount of action seems to exceed the time that passes, but it's so compelling enough that it shouldn't matter to her fans.

Anita Blake has just gained some measure of control over her uncanny powers when she's pulled into yet another maelstrom of vampire politics. She gets the first inkling that something's up when Malcolm, head of the Church of Eternal Life, pays her a visit to ask her for help battling a foe that he cannot name -- the Harlequin.

The increasing power between Jean-Claude, Anita, Richard and the rest of the were-animals in the St. Louis area has drawn the attention of the Vampire Council as well as a number of other, more frightening individuals. Anita has no choice but to call in reinforcements -- including Edward, the only human whose ruthlessness may equal her own. (Berkley, Jun., 432 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Natalie A. Luhrs