One of the top vampire hunters in the country, Anita has earned the nickname "The Executioner. So when Willie McCoy , a vampire, wants to hire her to investigate a rash of vampire murders, Anita is suspicious. She refuses the offer, but Willie assures her that his employers will not accept her answer. Anita learns how persistent the vampires intend to be when she attends her friend Catherine 's bachelorette party, held at Guilty Pleasures , a strip club run by Jean-Claude , one of the city's most powerful vampires. Shortly after a stripper named Phillip takes the stage, Anita is called away to consult with the police on another case.
By the time she returns to the club, Catherine has been mesmerized by Aubrey , a vampire working on stage. To protect Catherine, Anita agrees to meet with Nikolaos , master vampire of St.
When Aubrey attacks Anita, Jean-Claude saves her by establishing a metaphysical bond, called a "mark," that allows him to give Anita some of his power. While unconscious, Anita is taken to the master vampire's daytime resting place beneath Circus of the Damned , an indoor amusement park. Nikolaos summons some of the local wererats to intimidate Anita. However, Rafael , the Rat King, intervenes and thwarts Nikolaos's plan. Eventually, Anita meets with Nikolaos and another animator named Zachary.
Nikolaos has employed Zachary to raise a witness to one of the murders as a zombie. When she learns of Rafael's interference, Nikolaos tries to use her supernatural power to force Anita to agree to her demands. When she is able to withstand the onslaught, Nikolaos realizes Jean-Claude has given Anita his mark. Zachary seems familiar to Anita, but she's too busy staying alive to remember why.
Eventually, Zachary begins questioning the zombie about the murders, but shatters what is left of its mind when he attempts to use violence to force answers from it. When the interrogation fails, Nikolaos flies into a rage. Jean-Claude steps in to protect Anita and the resulting battle ends with Jean-Claude being imprisoned without access to blood.
Desperate to save himself, Jean-Claude forces another mark on Anita while she is running for her life. Anita returns home to find Edward , a hit man who specializes in vampires and lycanthropes , waiting in her apartment. Anita bargains for time and Edward leaves with a promise to bring her more weapons. Anita dreads his return because she knows he will torture her if she refuses to reveal the location. Surrounded by monsters, Anita hunts for clues.
Throughout the investigation, she must contend with strange food cravings and stranger dreams as Jean-Claude siphons energy from her to keep himself alive. Nikolaos sends Phillip, the stripper from Guilty Pleasures, to help Anita and to report her progress. Following leads, Anita goes undercover at a freak party for vampire junkies like Phillip. While she's there, she stumbles across Zachary trying to raise a zombie for Nikolaos and a group of vampires. Together, she and Zachary raise the zombie and Anita notices a magical charm tied around his arm.
When she tries to touch it with a bloody hand, Zachary reacts with fear. Anita realizes she attended Zachary's funeral and the charm keeps him alive. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
From the author of Grave Surprise and other mysteries: The first book in Hamilton's long-running Anita Blake series, Guilty Pleasures, sets the tone for the whole bestselling line Laurell's trademark recklessness, imagination, and storytelling grip you by the scruff of the neck and never let you go. I was enthralled -- a departure from the usual type of vampire tale which will have a wide appeal to a reader hunting for both chills and fun. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Add to Wishlist.
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USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview Introducing Anita Blake, vampire hunter extraordinaire. Most people don't even bat an eye at vampires since they've been given equal rights by the Supreme Court. But Anita knows better--she's seen their victims. A serial killer is murdering vampires, however, and now the most powerful vampire in town wants Anita to find the killer.
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