Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include "Narcissus in Chains," "Obsidian Butterfly," "Blue Moon," "Burnt Offerings," "The Killing Dance," "Bloody Bones," "The Lunatic Cafe," "Circus of the Damned," "The Laughing Corpse," and "Guilty Pleasures." She is also the author of "A Kiss of Shadows" and "A Caress of Twilight." She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family."
In Hamilton's (www.laurellkhamilton.org) 17th entry in her New York Times best-selling Anita Blake series, following Blood Noir (2008), the vampire hunter heads to Las -Vegas to track down Vittorio, the serial-killer vampire from Incubus Dreams (2004). Narrator Kimberly Alexis, who has read several previous titles in this series, conveys Anita's strength and vulnerability by lacing her dialog with a slight edge of anger. Though her performance is generally clean and crisp, her rendering of Jean-Claude's just-off-the-boat, European-accented English translates as anything but erotic, and, except for Edward, her characterization of the other males is also unmemorable. Still, devotees will appreciate. ["Buy multiple copies for all those eager fans," read the review of the Berkley hc, LJ 6/1/09.-Ed.]-Jodi L. Israel, MLS, Salt Lake City Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.