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.
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)