Skin Trade

Skin Trade

Book - 2009
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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 really dealing with.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2009.
ISBN: 9780425227725
Characteristics: 486 p. ;,24 cm.


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Jun 11, 2014

Sexy book! Great romance, action and love the characters!

Nov 11, 2013

Good read, but ending was a little to... short... for me.

Sep 05, 2013

Yes, a lot of huffing and puffing and eyeball to eyeball confrontations and who's the baddest boy/girl in the room. So much long drawn-out, albeit mildly interesting dialogue. But when you look closely, nothing much really happens.This "ardeur" thing is a series killer.

Jun 15, 2011

I enjoyed this title in the series so much that I think I may borrow it again just to give it a comprehensive review. I also find Anita's relationship with Edward so very poigant. I would find it disturbing that the dynamic between Edward and Anita is very much like the relationship between my partner and I...I would find it disturbing, if I didn't find it so endearing and amusing.

Dec 28, 2009

In the past, I have said some not so nice things about this series in the past (, but yet I return to it book after book, hoping that Hamilton will have gotten over exploring her sexual fantasies and actually write plot driven fiction.

It appears my prayers have finally been answered in her latest novel, Skin Trade.

And when I said that my prayers have been answered, I wasn't kidding. Anita does not have sex until after page 300 of the book. There are three sex scenes in this book, two we see and one that we don't. That has to be the smallest number in a long time.

Instead we are treated to a plot, full of tension and action. We open with Anita receiving a severed head in the mail from vampire and serial killer, Vittorio. He has apparently also left her a note, appropriately in blood, at the crime scene in hopes of drawing her to Las Vegas.

Anita has no choice but to go, but once there is forced to defend her reputation when the local cops accuse her of being a slut, while fending off the advances of another US Marshall (who is also a serial killer) and the political machinations of the local weretiger queen.

Hamilton may have finally found the balance between the sex and the action for which she claims to have been looking. The only thing that detracts from the story is the constant "vetting" that Anita has to go through. Either Anita is one tough cookie who is really good at her job, or she isn't. Having to have her prove it to every cop she runs into and go through the same arguments with the same innuendos and accusations being made is getting as tiring as the sex scenes used to be.

Aug 18, 2009

In this installment, Anita actually gets to do some work outside the bedroom, which was a refreshing change but, unfortunately, not very interesting. The plot was not strong enough to keep me from noticing the author's ceaseless use of the phrase "as if...", and the frequency with which Anita's companions commented on what she was thinking -- not saying aloud -- made me want to tear my hair out.

Ghanne Aug 06, 2009

Yeah!!! Hamilton finally has moved Anita past her relationship drama and back into the action of a mystery. This is the book I've been waiting for from Hamilton and gets the series hopefully back on track. Also it was great to see Edward again and get more insight into the mysterious Death.

Jess_library Aug 06, 2009

With Skin Trade, Hamilton is finally returning to a more crime/mystery driven plot. Yeah for Anita finally getting control of her ardeur. Edward also makes his reapperance - he hasn't truly been on scene since Obsibian Butterfly.

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