Bloody Bones (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #5)

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Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. Her 9-to-5 turns into 24-7 when three Missouri teenagers are killed-slaughtered in a way she has never seen before.

Romantic thrills, erotic chills and the sexiest vampire in the business. (Jayne Ann Krentz)
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Overview

Meet Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter. Her 9-to-5 turns into 24-7 when three Missouri teenagers are killed-slaughtered in a way she has never seen before.

Romantic thrills, erotic chills and the sexiest vampire in the business. (Jayne Ann Krentz)
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USA Today
What The Da Vinci Code did for the religious thriller, the Anita Blake series has done for the vampire novel.
Denver Post
Highly-charged, well-written, no holds-barred... jaw-dropping.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Breathtaking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515134469
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 176,851
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and mother. Her bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels include Narcissus in Chains, Obsidian Butterfly, Blue Moon, Burnt Offerings, The Killing Dance, Bloody Bones, The Lunatic Café, Circus of the Damned, The Laughing Corpse, and Guilty Pleasures. She is also the author of A Kiss of Shadows and A Caress of Twilight. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.

Biography

The vampire genre has enthralled readers ever since Bram Stoker introduced a certain Transylvanian count over a century ago. Since then vampires have been used as vehicles for everything from romantic novels to erotica to humor to the expected tales of terror. However, very few writers have combined all of these facets of the never-say-die vampire quite the way that Laurell K. Hamilton has.

Hamilton has not always been under the spell of undead things that go bump-and-grind in the night. When she was a young girl, her literary tastes were a bit more on the traditional side. "I wanted to be Louisa May Alcott, who wrote Little Women, because I had never read any science fiction, fantasy, or horror," she confessed in a podcast on Mayor Slay.com. "Then at 13 or 14 I found Robert E. Howard's short story collection [Pigeons From Hell]. It was the first horror, the first heroic fantasy, the first science fiction I'd ever read, and the moment I read that I knew that not only did I want to be a writer, but this is what I wanted to write."

Furthering Hamilton's burgeoning fascination with the fantastic, she discovered Anthony Masters's The Natural History of the Vampire at her high school library. Coupled with the ghost stories her grandmother had told her when she was a child and heavy doses of Hammer Horror movies from Great Britain, Hamilton was well on her way to creating a character that would only be rivaled by Buffy in the field of vampire slaying.

Hamilton first introduced vampire huntress Anita Blake in her third novel Guilty Pleasures. Blake is an unlikely combination of action hero, federal marshal, "necromancer," and lusty dame. Her exploits between the sheets and in the graveyard won Hamilton a rabid following hungry for something new in the well-traveled vampire genre.

Along with the kinds of scares normally associated with vampire stories, Hamilton's books are notable for their unflinching eroticism. Vampires have had a sexual lure since Stoker, but Hamilton particularly draws that aspect to the surface of her work as one of her creatures might draw blood from a victim. "I [want] a kiss to be so believable it gives the reader shivers," she says on her website. "Two things I do well are sex and violence, but I don't want gratuitous sex or violence. The sex and violence is only as graphic as need be. And never included unless it furthers the plot or character development."

Another unlikely trait of her books is humor, vampire tales classically being of the more solemn sort. However, a writer weaned on a book titled Pigeons From Hell is not likely going to shy away from wit. Consequently, her books have been consistently entertaining and fun, as well as creepy and sexy.

Hamilton has also brought her delicious combination of sex, humor, and frights to another series, this one more ingrained in dark fantasy than horror. Her faerie princess/P.I. Meredith Gentry made her debut in Kiss of Shadows in 2001 and has since sparked her own crowd-pleasing sword and sorcery meets pulp series.

Increasingly, the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry books have added more sexual content to their story lines, classifying both series in a new hybrid genre that blends romance, erotica, and paranormal fantasy. To judge from Hamilton's consistent appearance on the bestseller charts, readers find the mix spellbinding.

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One thing you will never find in a Hamilton novel is a cliffhanger. She believes that cliffhangers unfairly tease readers who would then have to wait six months to a year to have some sense of resolution. As she said during an interview with Bill Thompson of Eye On Books, "Every book is a full meal. All the way from the appetizer to the dessert, so that you come away feeling that you've had an experience... and at the end you have that satisfied, full feeling."

Before Laurell K. Hamilton made a full-time career of blood, guts, murder, and mayhem, she had more humane pursuits -- she volunteered at an animal shelter where she played with unwanted pets.

In our interview, Hamilton shared some fun and fascinating facts about herself with us:

"I am incredibly stubborn. Telling me I cannot do something, especially if you cite the fact that I am a girl, will make me want to do it more and do it better."

"I am not my characters. We have some of the same traits in common, but we are very different people."

"Everything inspires me. Getting up in the morning, walking the dogs, watching a music video. Inspiration comes from everywhere."

"I love animals. I own four dogs, two of whom are rescues. In fact, Jimmy is with us because they were going to gas him if we didn't take him with us. As an older dog his chances of finding a home were fairly slim. But he has been a wonderful addition to our home."

"I like spending time with my family and friends. Something I often feel I do not do enough of. But there are only so many hours in a day."

"I like to read other people's works. I love reading cozy or historical mysteries when I can."

"I enjoy interacting with fans at planned public events. I enjoy talking to them and have met many wonderful people."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laurell Kaye Klein (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Heber Springs, Arkansas
    1. Education:
      B.A., Marion College
    2. Website:

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IT WAS ST. Patrick’s Day, and the only green I was wearing

was a button that read, “Pinch me and you’re dead

meat.” I’d started work last night with a green blouse on, but

I’d gotten blood all over it from a beheaded chicken. Larry

Kirkland, zombie-raiser in training, had dropped the decapitated

bird. It did the little headless chicken dance and

sprayed both of us with blood. I finally caught the damn

thing, but the blouse was ruined.

I had to run home and change. The only thing not ruined

was the charcoal grey suit jacket that had been in the car. I

put it back on over a black blouse, black skirt, dark hose,

and black pumps. Bert, my boss, didn’t like us wearing

black to work, but if I had to be at the office at seven o’clock

without any sleep at all, he would just have to live with it.

I huddled over my coffee mug, drinking it as black as I

could swallow it. It wasn’t helping much. I stared at a series

of 8-by-10 glossy blowups spread across my desktop. The

first picture was of a hill that had been scraped open, probably

by a bulldozer. A skeletal hand reached out of the raw

earth. The next photo showed that someone had tried to

carefully scrape away the dirt, showing the splintered coffin

and bones to one side of the coffin. A new body. The bulldozer

had been brought in again. It had plowed up the red

earth and found a boneyard. Bones studded the earth like

scattered flowers.

One skull spread its unhinged jaws in a silent scream. A

scraggle of pale hair still clung to the skull. The dark,

stained cloth wrapped around the corpse was the remnants

of a dress. I spotted at least three femurs next to the upper

half of a skull. Unless the corpse had had three legs, we were

looking at a real mess.

The pictures were well done in a gruesome sort of way.

The color made it easier to differentiate the corpses, but the

high gloss was a little much. It looked like morgue photos

done by a fashion photographer. There was probably an art

gallery in New York that would hang the damn things and

serve cheese and wine while people walked around saying,

“Powerful, don’t you think? Very powerful.”

They were powerful, and sad.

There was nothing but the photos. No explanation. Bert

had said to come to his office after I’d looked at them. He’d

explain everything. Yeah, I believed that. The Easter Bunny

is a friend of mine, too.

I gathered the pictures up, slipped them into the envelope,

picked my coffee mug up in the other hand, and went for the

door.

There was no one at the desk. Craig had gone home.

Mary, our daytime secretary, didn’t get in until eight. There

was a two-hour space of time when the office was unmanned.

That Bert had called me into the office when we

were the only ones there bothered me a lot. Why the secrecy?

Bert’s office door was open. He sat behind his desk,

drinking coffee, shuffling some papers around. He glanced

up, smiled, and motioned me closer. The smile bothered me.

Bert was never pleasant unless he wanted something.

His thousand-dollar suit framed a white-on-white shirt

and tie. His grey eyes sparkled with good cheer. His eyes are

the color of dirty window glass, so sparkling is a real effort.

His snow-blond hair had been freshly buzzed. The crewcut

was so short I could see scalp.

“Have a seat, Anita.”

I tossed the envelope on his desk and sat down. “What are

you up to, Bert?”

His smile widened. He usually didn’t waste the smile on

anybody but clients. He certainly didn’t waste it on me.

“You looked at the pictures?”

“Yeah, what of it?”

“Could you raise them from the dead?”

I frowned at him and sipped my coffee. “How old are

they?”

“You couldn’t tell from the pictures?”

“In person I could tell you, but not just from pictures. Answer

the question.”

“Around two hundred years.”

I just stared at him. “Most animators couldn’t raise a zombie

that old without a human sacrifice.”

“But you can,” he said.

“Yeah. I didn’t see any headstones in the pictures. Do we

have any names?”

“Why?”

I shook my head. He’d been the boss for five years,

started the company when it was just him and Manny, and

he didn’t know shit about raising the dead. “How can you

hang around a bunch of zombie-raisers for this many years

and know so little about what we do?”

The smile slipped a little, the glow beginning to fade from

his eyes. “Why do you need names?”

“You use names to call the zombie from the grave.”

“Without a name you can’t raise them?”

“Theoretically, no,” I said.

“But you can do it,” he said. I didn’t like how sure he was.

“Yeah, I can do it. John can probably do it, too.”

He shook his head. “They don’t want John.”

I finished the last of my coffee. “Who’s they?”

“Beadle, Beadle, Stirling, and Lowenstein.”

“A law firm,” I said.

He nodded.

“No more games, Bert. Just tell me what the hell’s going

on.”

“Beadle, Beadle, Stirling, and Lowenstein have some

clients building a very plush resort in the mountains near

Branson. A very exclusive resort. A place where the wealthy

country stars that don’t own a house in the area can go to get

away from the crowds. Millions of dollars are at stake.”

“What’s the old cemetery have to do with it?”

“The land they’re building on was in dispute between two

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families. The courts decided the Kellys owned the land, and

they were paid a great deal of money. The Bouvier family

claimed it was their land and there was a family plot on it to

prove it. No one could find the cemetery.”

Ah. “They found it,” I said.

“They found an old cemetery, but not necessarily the

Bouvier family plot.”

“So they want to raise the dead and ask who they are?”

“Exactly.”

I shrugged. “I can raise a couple of the corpses in the

coffins. Ask who they are. What happens if their last name

is Bouvier?”

“They have to buy the land a second time. They think

some of the corpses are Bouviers. That’s why they want all

the bodies raised.”

I raised my eyebrows. “You’re joking.”

He shook his head, looking pleased. “Can you do it?”

“I don’t know. Give me the pictures again.” I set my coffee

mug on his desk and took the pictures back. “Bert,

they’ve screwed this six ways to Sunday. It’s a mass grave,

thanks to the bulldozers. The bones are all mixed together.

I’ve only read about one case of anyone raising a zombie

from a mass grave. But they were calling a specific person.

They had a name.” I shook my head. “Without a name it

may not be possible.”

“Would you be willing to try?”

I spread the pictures over the desk, staring at them. The

top half of a skull had turned upside down like a bowl. Two

finger bones attached by something dry and desiccated that

must once had been human tissue lay next to it. Bones,

bones everywhere but not a name to speak.

Could I do it? I honestly didn’t know. Did I want to try?

Yeah. I did.

“I’d be willing to try.”

“Wonderful.”

“Raising them a few every night is going to take weeks,

even if I can do it. With John’s help it would be quicker.”

“It will cost them millions to delay that long,” Bert said.

“There’s no other way to do it.”

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    A taste of the Fey.

    Whats starts out as a high priced animator job, soon turns to something much bigger and and more dangerous.

    We meet Mangus and Dorcas Bouvies as the Fey owners of the bar/nightclub Bloody Bones. The name Bloody Bones comes from an Irish legend of a boogyman creature named Rawhead and Bloody Bones. And we get to meet him in this book.

    This is the 5th Anita Blake book out of 17 currently available. My advice would be to start with the first one and work your way through. If vampires, warewolves, and things that go bump in the night are your thing; don't pass up this series.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A Turning Point.

    This was one of my favorite because Anita gives in a bit to her desires with one of her lovers that I happen to favor! I have read all 17 Anita Blake books and I have laughed, cried and loved with her. This is my favorite book series I have ever read and I can't wait for a book 18.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Awesome book

    I bought the first book because it seemed semi interesting, but in the back of my mind I thought I'd end up discarding it mid read. This series is great. Anita is sarcastically funny and the characters become more well developed with each book. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    One of my favorites

    I have reviewed many iof Hamilton's books scathingly. I admit it. But this book was, by far, my FAVORITE. There was a plot! a PURPOSE! I wish Hamilton could write more books like this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2009

    Anita does it again!!

    Laurell K Hamilton once again has you riding on the seat of your pants waiting to turn the next page. Love her books! Can't wait for Anita's next adventure. I've read the entire series in a month. I'm already thinking about re-reading the entire series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    Fantastic

    Laurell Hamiliton is an extremely gifted writer, with a wonderfully active imagination. The children have Harry Potter, and thankfully the adults have Anita Blake.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    How Laurell Does It, I Do Not Know!

    After reading the first four books and never wanting to put one down until I was done, I didn't think anyother books could be so exicting and drawing! I guess there's just no other way to say that this is by far the most enticing series I have ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003

    Anita does it again!

    I just got done reading Bloody Bones, and wow! I tell you what! WOW! I first got turned to Anita Blake in Blue Moon, and then i found out there as a whole series! I cant wait to read them all! and buy them all!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2000

    a reviewer

    Well, I would like to say I enjoyed 'Bloody Bones' a lot. At first I thought it wouldn't be all good with the little office thing at the beginning but the St. Patrick's thing was cute I guess. Well, I read it and it was very interesting and keep my attention. Having fairies (fey) in the book was a nice touch and good example of creativity and linking of the whole story together. I like the way the book is descriptive on the way things and people look. When authors do that I can get a visual in my head and that is a good thing to have when reading a book. I kinda like Jean-Claude more then Anita. But Anita is still a good character. I like the way they (Anita and Jean-Claude) got closer in this book. I think Richard is wrong for her but it is a nice time captivating thing to have Anita going out with 2 guys, and 2 guys of totally different personalities and looks and being different monsters might I add. I do think it is a little weird having her being a vamp executor and dating a Vamp but it just shows that people can over come their differences. I Do Recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2014

    Recommend

    I enjoy these books. Not the best written books, but a fun read. If you want a quick entertaining read and enjoy "B" Movies this series is for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Test

    Die

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    Bloody Good

    I love her books and adding the Fey to the mix made it so that I became interested in her Merideth Gentry books as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Love this series!

    I love this series, the author is a good one but she is no Christine Feehan. She needs to make up her mind about the men though it is getting boring the back & forth!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    A must read for Laurell K. Hamilton fans!

    No surprise that I found this book as exciting and written with such much detailed imagination, as all her other books. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Can not get enough of this series

    I have read the entire series multiple times and i love it more and more each time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Awesome

    I love this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2013

    Fun

    Fun characters and antagonists

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    Wow

    Well i can not wait to finish the series.....love these books they are amazing and love the author to she writes the best books ever!

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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Amazing !!!

    Love the Anita Blake series. Can't put them down. Each book is amazing new characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Guthix

    ......yeah i still like fang....but she has to be with logan.....and alec...lots of people care

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