Title: Hit List
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect “monsters” are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, U.S. Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.
But some monsters are very real — and even to speak their name can earn you a death sentence. The bogeymen of the vampire world, The Harlequin, are here in America hunting weretigers and human police. But Edward thinks the serial killings are just a trap — to lure Anita ever closer to the most dangerous vampire they’ve ever hunted…
(This is the eighteenth book in the Anita Blake series, after Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus in Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah (novella), Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt (novella), and Bullet.)
Of all the things that I’ve read about in the novels, Marmee Noir is probably the worst of the villains. I really, really don’t like her. And, to be honest, I’m not a big fan of the weretigers, either – though not in a they’re-the-bad-guys kind of way. I simply don’t like how they seem to be taking over the story.
I like the way that Anita, Edward, Olaf, and Bernardo interact with each other. It’s sort of a mix of respect, fear, and running jokes. Even though Olaf’s really kind of creepy, it’s still fun to read.
This definitely isn’t my favourite book in the series, though not my least favourite, either. Hit List is just kind of mediocre in terms of the plot, but the romantic relationships – and, let’s be frank, the sex – are kind of what keep it moving along. If you’re into that, then you’ll be just fine.