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Laurell K. Hamilton
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
It sounds pretty hardcore: a severed head appears on Anita Blake's desk, and she goes on a hunt through Las Vegas for a depraved, insane vampire serial killer. For most authors, it WOULD be hardcore.

Guess what Laurell K. Hamilton does: sex, angst and endless bickering. The seventeenth Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel "Skin Trade" starts with promise and has moments of potential brilliance, including a menacing new villain. But between those points, she packs it with icky sex, endless whining and bickering, rancid misogyny, and constant reminders that her Mary Sue is the most awesome person ever.

Anita receives the aforementioned head in the mail, and learns that it's from Vittorio, a vampire she allowed to get away because she was too busy having sex. He's killed a bunch of cops, and he wants her to come to Vegas for a showdown.

So Anita heads to Vegas with her arsenal of phallic weapons, the assassins Bernardo and Edward, and psychopath Olaf. Of course, the local cops and SWAT team are unimpressed by her and her reputation as a lover of all things furry/undead, but naturally Anita silences all critics with her manly demeanor and snarky remarks. And when she investigates the bodies (with Olaf's revved-up help), she senses the presence of tiger in the wounds.

It's a pretty touchy situation, since the tiger queen of Vegas wants Anita to have sex with some new tigers -- and Anita's rainbow of internal tigers is selecting hotties left and right to feed the ardeur. Unfortunately the MOAD is also on Anita's doorstep, intent on getting a new body since her old one is broken -- and it turns out that Anita has underestimated Vittorio's true power, and his ancient nature. Cue sex.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars oh Anita, why you roll like that? June 22 2009
Format:Hardcover
Okay, so I have to say I was given the first books by a dear friend of mine who thought I would enjoy them- I was hooked, I enjoyed this powerful a$$ kicking Anita; until....Richard became and a$$, Jean Claude a whiner. Then Micah appeared and I'm still unsure of where to place him- (I'm not even going to mention Jason and Nathaniel.)

BEWARE SPOILERS LIE AHEAD
The events of this book take place months after the events of Blood Noir. Which apparently no one talks about at ALL. Previous to this book Anita is essentially mind-rapped by MOAD and forced into a 3 day long orgy bender- but I digress....
Anita now lives with Jean Claude at the Circus, something she hates because she misses her lovely, cuddly 'wearcats.' While at work Anita gets a package from Vegas; a severed head. Vittorio the bad guy from two or three books ago who got away, taunts Anita into comming to Vegas...Trying to prove her independance Anita leaves without telling Jean Claude or anyone else for that matter except for Jason, in a scene reminisent of an angsty Dawson's Creek episdoe.
As Anita gets off the plan she is greeted by a bunch of muscley men from Vegas- who happen to also be practioners- Their supernatural SWAT team if you will. While trying to prove that she is one of the boys, by bench pressing 250 Lbs, Anita gains some of their trust, but remember she will always have that reputation that she sleeps with anything that moves.(That doesn't happpen yet)
Tracking down the bad guys suck, especially because she keeps bumping heads with the guy in charge- because he thinks she's weird and will sleep with anything that moves.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good Dec 30 2009
Format:Hardcover
Anita teams up with Edward, Olaf, and Bernard in Las Vegas hunting down Vittorio. More action then in the last few books. i do like her books there were a few that left me flat and Richard did get on my neves. You must read the books in order it real is important .
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same... in a good way. Oct. 21 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book was exactly what I have come to expect from the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series. It didn't blow my socks off but it was a good read with plenty of action and paranormal goodies. However, Skin Trade did stray slightly from the typical pattern of a book in this series. Mostly because Anita was in Las Vegas the whole time helping the police with an investigation and for once she didn't have her men in tow. She intentionally left them at home. So the usual Jean-Claude, Micah, Nathaniel and Richard orgy was missing. Which wasn't a bad thing!

In Skin Trade Anita teams up with Edward, Olaf and Bernado; her fellow executioners to investigate a series of murders that are similar to ones that happened previously in St-Louis. They go into the investigation already pretty confident on who the villain is. Anita is forced to go to the master of the city and his wife, queen of the L.A. tigers for leads and that's when things get weird as is typical of these books.

I really like Edward (a.k.a Ted) as a character in this series and I especially enjoy the camaraderie between him and Anita. They compliment each other very well as partners and nothing surprises them about each other. These two executioners have each others backs no matter what. The interaction between them is always fun. Anita can't really joke about her line of work with anyone else because well... it's just morbid. Their friendly competition on who's the better vampire hunter makes light of an otherwise rather dark career.

The thing that caught me a little off guard in this novel was the lack of sex. Normally that's one of the main parts of the later books in this series. There's still plenty of sexual tension and dirty jokes but Anita doesn't actually get it on with anyone until the last 150 pages.
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