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Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter) (1993)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (1)

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Vampire hunter Anita Blake must shift her attention from catching vampires to helping them when she is hired to stop a serial killer from murdering any more vampires.
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Vampires have civil rights and hire animator to find killer of vampires
  ritaer | Jun 12, 2021 |
Fabulous book. ( )
  BlueWillowDawn | May 23, 2021 |
This book was recommended to me several times by my sister-in-law over the last 15 or 20 years so I finally decided to read it.

It was a fast read, I'll say that. And kind of fun. It's not a scary supernatural vampire book, but not as amusing as, say, Betsy the Vampire Queen. It's not really my style of book and I really had my doubts when the wererats came into the picture. I mean, seriously, wererats?

And of course there's zombies and vampires and ghouls. All set in an alternate St. Louis reality with animators and vampire hunters being the norm around town.

Like I said, it was fun and I didn't take it too seriously. I don't know whether I'll read the next one or not. Time will tell. How much do I really want to know about the relationship between Jean-Claude and Anita? ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
Book 1 in the Anita Blake urban fantasy series. Anita is an Animator--she can raise the dead. She works for a company that raises the dead for hire--to clarify contested wills, to give people closure. She also is a consultant for the St Louis police. And vampires have recently received some civil rights. Oh, and Anita is called The Executioner because she kills vampires.

This book centers around murders of powerful vampires. A thousand-year-old vampire want sot know who is killing them, or Anita will pay the ultimate price.

In the meantime, hot, sexy vampire Jean-Claude had designs on Anita. He has marked her twice, which means he can communicate with her. By the fourth mark, he'll have her under his control.

This was a fun read, fast moving. There are many books in the series. I've been told the quality goes down somewhere around book 12, but I'm willing to keep reading for now. I'm on to the next book. ( )
  jezebellydancer | Nov 3, 2020 |
Way better on audio than it was physically to read !!!!! Still not the best thing I have ever read, I heard that the books get better as they go on though so perhaps I'll try book 2 and see what happens. I disliked some of the humour and some of the characters a lot, and plot points were lacking. ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
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To Gary W. Hamilton, who doesn't like scary things, but who read this book anyway.
To Gary W. Hamilton, my husband, who doesn't like scary things, but who read this book anyway.
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Willie McCoy had been a jerk before he died. His being dead hadn't changed that.
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My name is Anita Blake. Vampires call me The Executioner. What I call them isn't repeatable.

Ever since the Supreme Court granted the undead equal rights, most people think vampires are just ordinary folks with fangs. I know better. I've seen their victims. I carry the scars...

But now a serial killer is murdering vampires--and the most powerful bloodsucker in town wants me to find the killer...
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