Book Review: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Hit List

Posted June 14, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Book Review: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Hit List

Hit List

by Laurell K. Hamilton

three-half-stars

Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #20

Other books by this author that I've reviewed include Bloody Bones, Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Bite, Incubus Dreams, Micah, Danse Macabre, The Harlequin, Blood Noir, Skin Trade, Flirt, Bullet, Never After, Kiss the Dead, The First Death, Affliction, Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, "Shutdown", A Kiss of Shadows, Lunatic Café, A Caress of Twilight, Seduced by Moonlight, A Stroke of Midnight, Mistral’s Kiss, A Lick of Frost, Blue Moon, Dead Ice, Jason, Crimson Death.

Genres: Erotic Romance, Horror, Urban Fantasy

This Paperback has 312 pages and was published by Berkley on May 29, 2012. Discover more about it at Goodreads. You can also buy it at Amazon

Twentieth in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter erotic, urban fantasy series set in a contemporary St. Louis, Missouri, although, in Hit List , almost all of the action takes place in Seattle.

My Take

Three-quarters of Hit List was excellent. Lots of police interaction — including a long run-in with another insecure Marshal. Ted takes a hit this time on his credibility when he and Anita…well, you’ll just have to read the book to find this out. Olaf/Otto brings his own particular charm when he escalates in his psycho behavior. Even worse when he suffers two separate injuries — one from Anita and the second from a werelion attack.

The last quarter was just too easy. Gimme a break. Anita’s kidnappers give her up that easily?? In fact, the whole ending was just lame and frustrating.

The Story

Harlequin loyal to the elusive Marmee Noir are killing clanless weretigers across the country requiring that Anita, Ted Forrester, Bernardo Spotted-Horse, and Otto are brought in to hunt them down. Fortunately, for Anita who is experiencing control issues with the ardeur, a new law allows her to appoint deputies, which enables her to bring her own snacks.

The Cover and Title

The cover is gorgeous with its jagged golds and the white carefully covered female nude with the sense of the Orient about her. I can’t figure out what relevance the nude has with Hit List. Nor do I understand how the overcoated alien refugee from Buckaroo Banzai fits in.

The title. Hmmm, the title. I can’t figure out how this fits in with the story either. Obviously, Anita is on a Hit List, but list tends to indicate more than one.


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