Blue Moon (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #8)

Blue Moon (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #8)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton
     
 

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"Richard was an alpha werewolf. It was his only serious flaw. We'd broken up after I'd seen him eat somebody."

Still, you never forget your ex-fiancé. And when Richard calls Anita Blake at three in the morning, she knows it won't be good news. It seems Richard had gotten himself thrown in jail on a rape charge. But Anita knows

Overview

"Richard was an alpha werewolf. It was his only serious flaw. We'd broken up after I'd seen him eat somebody."

Still, you never forget your ex-fiancé. And when Richard calls Anita Blake at three in the morning, she knows it won't be good news. It seems Richard had gotten himself thrown in jail on a rape charge. But Anita knows that though he is a monster, Richard's no rapist. And it's up to her to prove his innocence -- before the blue moon creates even bigger problems for Richard...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441005741
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/05/1998
Series:
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #8
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.17(d)

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I was dreaming of cool flesh and sheets the color of fresh blood. The phone shattered the dream, leaving only fragments, a glimpse of midnight blue eyes, hands gliding down my body, his hair flung across my face in a sweet, scented cloud. I woke in my own house, miles from Jean-Claude with the feel of his body clinging to me. I fumbled the phone from the bedside table and mumbled, "Hello."

"Anita, is that you?" It was Daniel Zeeman, Richard's baby brother. Daniel was twenty-four and cute as a bug's ear. Baby didn't really cover it. Richard had been my fiancé once upon a time -- until I chose Jean-Claude over him. Sleeping with the other man put a real crimp in our social plans. Not that I blamed Richard. No, I blamed myself. It was one of the few things Richard and I still shared.

I squinted at the glowing dial of the bedside clock. 3:10 A.M. "Daniel, what's wrong?" No one calls at ten after the witching hour with good news.

He took a deep breath, as if preparing himself for the next line. "Richard's in jail."

I sat up, sheets sliding in a bundle to my lap. "What did you say?" I was suddenly wide awake, heart thudding, adrenaline pumping.

"Richard is in jail," he repeated.

I didn't make him say it again, though I wanted to. "What for?" I asked.

"Attempted rape," he said.

"What?" I said.

Daniel repeated it. It didn't make any more sense the second time I heard it. "Richard is like the ultimate Boy Scout," I said. "I'd believe murder before I'd believe rape."

"I guess that's a compliment," he said.

"You know what I meant, Daniel. Richard wouldn't do something like that."

"I agree," he said.

"Is he in Saint Louis?" I asked.

"No, he's still in Tennesse. He finished up his requirements for his master's degree and got arrested that night."

"Tell me what happened."

"I don't exactly know," he said.

"What do you mean?" I asked.

"They won't let me see him," Daniel said.

"Why not?"

"Mom got in to see him, but they wouldn't let all of us in."

"Has he got a lawyer?" I asked.

"He says he doesn't need one. He says he didn't do it."

"Prison is full of people who didn't do it, Daniel. He needs a lawyer. It's his word against the woman's. If she's local and he isn't, he's in trouble,"

"He's in trouble," Daniel said.

"Shit," I said.

"There's more bad news," he said.

I threw the covers back and stood, clutching the phone. "Tell me."

"There's going to be a blue moon this month." He said it very quietly, no explanation, but I understood.

Richard was an alpha werewolf. He was head of the local pack. It was his only serious flaw. We'd broken up after I'd seen him eat somebody. What I'd seen had sent me running to Jean-Claude's arms. I'd run from the werewolf to the vampire. Jean-Claude was Master of the City of Saint Louis. He was definitely not the more human of the two. I know there isn't a lot to choose from between a bloodsucker and a flesh-eater, but at least after Jean-Claude finished feeding, there weren't chunks between his fangs. A small distinction but a real one.

A blue moon meant a second full moon this month. The moon doesn't actually turn blue most of the time, but it is where the old saying comes from -- once in a blue moon. It happens about every three years or so. It was August, and the second full moon was only five days away. Richard's control was very good, but I'd never heard of any werewolf, even an Ulfric, a pack leader, who could fight the change on the night of the full moon. No matter what flavor of animal you changed into, a lycanthrope was a lycanthrope. The full moon ruled them.

"We have to get him out of jail before the full moon," Daniel said.

"Yeah," I said. Richard was hiding what he was. He taught junior high science. If they found out he was a werewolf, he'd lose his job. It was illegal to discriminate on the basis of a disease, especially one as difficult to catch as lycanthropy, but they'd do it. No one wanted a monster teaching their kiddies. Not to mention that the only person in Richard's family who knew his secret was Daniel. Mom and Pop Zeeman didn't know.

"Give me a number to contact you at," I said.

He did. "You'll come down then," he said.

"Yeah."

He sighed. "Thanks. Mom is raising hell, but it's not helping. We need someone here who understands the legal system."

"I'll have a friend call you with the name of good local lawyer before I get there. You may be able to arrange bail by the time I arrive."

"If he'll see the lawyer," Daniel said.

"Is he being stupid?" I asked.

"He thinks that having the truth on his side is enough."

It sounded like something Richard would say. There was more than one reason why we'd broken up. He clung to ideals that hadn't even worked when they were in vogue. Truth, justice, and the American way certainly didn't work within the legal system. Money, power, and luck were what worked. Or having someone on your side that was part of the system.

I was a vampire executioner. I was licensed to hunt and kill vampires once a court order of execution had been issued. I was licensed in three states. Tennessee was not one of them. But cops, as a general rule, would treat an executioner better than a civilian. We risked our lives and usually had a higher kill count than they did. Of course, the kills being vamps, some people didn't count them as real kills. Had to be human for it to count.

"When can you get here?" Daniel asked.

"I've got some things to clear up here, but I'll see you today before noon."

"I hope you can talk some sense into Richard."

I'd met their mother -- more than once -- so I said, "I'm surprised that Charlotte can't talk sense to him."

"Where do you think he gets this 'truth will set you free' bit?" Daniel asked.

"Great," I said. "I'll be there, Daniel."

"I've got to go." He hung up suddenly as if afraid of being caught. His mom had probably come into the room. The Zeemans had four sons and a daughter. The sons were all six feet or above. The daughter was five nine. They were all over twenty-one. And they were all scared of their mother. Not literally scared, but Charlotte Zeeman wore the pants in the family. One family dinner and I knew that.

I hung up the phone, turned on the lamp, and started to pack. It occurred to me while I was throwing things into a suitcase to wonder why the hell I was doing this. I could say that it was because Richard was the other third of a triumvirate of power that Jean-Claude had forged between the three of us. Master vampire, Ulfric, or wolf king, and necromancer. I was the necromancer. We were bound so tightly together that sometimes we invaded each other's dreams by accident. Sometimes not so accidentally.

But I wasn't riding to the rescue because Richard was our third. I could admit to myself, if to no one else, that I still loved Richard. Not the same way I loved Jean-Claude, but it was just as real. He was in trouble, and I would help him if I could. Simple. Complicated. Hurtful.

I wondered what Jean-Claude would think of me dropping everything to go rescue Richard. It didn't really matter. I was going, and that was that. But I did spare a thought for how that might make my vampire lover feel. His heart didn't always beat, but it could still break.

Love sucks. Sometimes it feels good. Sometimes it's just another way to bleed.

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth:
February 19, 1963
Place of Birth:
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Education:
B.A., Marion College
Website:
http://www.laurellkhamilton.org/

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Angelpaws More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to these books by a friend. I didnt expect to enjoy them as much as I do since I dont usually like mysteries. These books combine a vampire base line with a touch mystery,suspense and the occassional lightheartedness. My fiancee catches me laughing as I read. There are strong, unusual love interest topics. Personally, I dont recommend these books to young readers. These parts are not the typical love scenes. However some adults will enjoy these unusual twists. I can't put the book down as they get better and better. I also enjoy that each book provides a different mystery and the story of each book is connected so you dont lose track. This being said, you must read the books in order. I realized as I continued reading that there are some similarities to other stories Ive read. I was slightly disappointed but overall, They are great stories and I plan to continue reading them all. They are easy reading and are not boring.
Hqqueen More than 1 year ago
I love this series, it has it all suspense and humor with a little romance and for once the woman is the hero:)
HeatherLK More than 1 year ago
I picked up the Anita Blake series a few months ago and have greatly enjoyed them all, but Blue Moon is by far the best that I have read so far. The story line and characters are incredible! Laurell Hamilton takes you to a place that is so captivating and entertaining it's hard to put the book down. Richard and Anita's dynamic is great...very fun and sexual. Anita's relationship with all the characters in this book is just plain fun. I highly recommend this book and series. I'm currently on the 10th book and am still greatly enjoying them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The entire book was written as if the main character of the story was talking directly to the reader. The conversational tone of the piece makes explanations and bits of history easy to take it. It is funny, conversational, full of well defined characters who own their personalities and lots of creatures and the occational gore...well, maybe a little more than occational gore. There is a lot of feelings to work through, a love triangle that's not your everyday thing and a lot of physical contact, both sexual and otherwise...It's a great read. I especially love her special brand of sarcasm. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just good reading
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Im reading Obsidian Butterfly right now and enjoy every second of it but this book did it for me! I love the fact that she finally accepts Richard so he can stop pouting like a baby, but i HATE it because she NEEDS to be with Jean-Claude!! I am in LOVE with him! And then theres Asher, Damian, and all the rest to come...
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I could not put this book down!! I finished it in 1 day!! Can't wait to read the rest of the series
ceecee40 More than 1 year ago
Laurell K. Hamilton is a very talented and amazing author. I am addicted to both her Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series'. Blue Moon is one of my favorite of the Anita Blake series but I love them all. I would recommend everyone read both of her series' and watch the characters grow. These books will grab your attention and keep you coming back and looking for the next book.
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Not only a great book but a great series! And a fabulous author!
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Whole series is a must read!
bobbles2034 More than 1 year ago
Anita Blake hands down is one of my more favorite female characters in a book series. What really keeps me motivated to continue reading this series (which is 22 books long! :P) is the fact that Anita's character is developing. You can see the changes that have been made from book one. This helps creates a realistic feel and keeps myself interested. Of course with a series this long, there are bound to be books you love and books that are eh. Blue Moon was one of those eh books for me. While I really did enjoy the ending of the book because it got really intense, overall for me the story was okay. I am also biased in the fact I do not care for Richards character all that much in comparison to Jean-Claude. Blue Moon is centered around Richard and Anita and barely involved Jean-Claude within the story. What I did enjoy in this story was finding out some "dirty laundry" about Jean-Claude that you always suspected was there, but was never confirmed. As much as i love Jean-Claude I always wondered what his alternative motives might have been. In Blue Moon, some of his story begins to unravel. The last part I enjoyed about this story, was the fact that Anita is beginning to accept her powers more and that she can have powers and keep her faith pure. I hope Marianne's character returns in the later books.
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I really enjoyed this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I like about Hamilton's series is she's not afraid to give me a long book. She doesn't overly draw them out but there are meat and potatoes. She twists a wonderful tale with dragging evrything out. Her books are just a nice delicious read.
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