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Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
The first three quarters of this novel — the 20th in the series — is a readable and generally interesting hunt for a group of serial killers. Unfortunately, the last quarter is a mixed-up jumble of action scenes and supernatural leveling up that ultimately makes very little sense.
Anita and Edward have been called to Seattle to consult with local marshals on what appears to be the latest in a string of supernatural murders — a weretiger has been killed and his body mutilated, with the heart missing. Anita and Edward know, but aren’t sharing, that these killings have been committed by the Harlequin, a supernatural hit squad that answers to none other than the Mother of All Darkness, the vampire to end all vampires. Anita and Edward know that a final confrontation is coming and that these murders are a way of getting Anita’s attention, for Anita is the true target. Anita will need to prepare herself and her allies if she has any hope to survive the Mother of All Darkness’ final attempt to take over her body. (BERKLEY, Jun., 336 pp., $27.95)
Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs
Published: June 2011