This book fails on so many levels it is hard to know where to begin. Ms. Hamilton gave up writing anything interesting in this series about 8 books ago. If not for her fan base it is doubtful she would be able to find a publisher for this book. Blood Noir is another mind numbing excuse for the character Anita Blake to appear in print. The book doesn't even know where it is going, it is not romance, not erotica, not mystery, horror, science fiction, suspense or otherworldly, what it ends up being is terrible. There is no story here. If Ms. Hamilton had killed Anita off during this book I actually might have woke up enough to think hey what a great idea! Unfortunately that doesn't happen, instead we are subject to a cobble together version of what I believe the author has come to understand is plotting. I kept waiting to see the line "It was a dark and stormy night." to signify that Ms. Hamilton was now attempting to become the worst writer ever.