Title: Skin Trade
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Publication Year: 2009
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Mystery
Source: Borrowed from the public library
From the cover:
When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City’s local authorities what they’re dealing with. Only it’s worse than she thought. Police officers and one executioner have been slain – paranormal style.
(This is the sixteenth 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, and Blood Noir.)
While we’ve been waiting for the Vittorio storyline to return, this wasn’t quite what I expected. Everything is all mixed up with weretigers and Marmee Noir, and it seemed at times like the plot was more complicated than necessary.
I really liked the friendship between Anita and Edward/Ted, which seems to be getting deeper and more serious. He also acts as a bit of a protector for her in this book, keeping her safe from Olaf and trying to act like a buffer between Anita and some of the gossip and fear-mongering going on amongst law enforcement.
There were some subplots involving new or older but minor lovers of Anita’s, but most of them weren’t all that interesting to me, to be honest. It’s starting to get a bit crowded. I liked her interactions with Wicked and Truth, though, particularly when they talk of the dangers of her growing ardeur.
Overall, definitely not one of my favourites in the series, but Skin Trade tied up some loose ends that have been hanging, which was good.