The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #4)

The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #4)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton
     
 

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Anita Blake has fallen for the leader of a local pack of werewolves. She's survived a lot, but this love affair may kill her yet.

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Anita Blake has fallen for the leader of a local pack of werewolves. She's survived a lot, but this love affair may kill her yet.

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A real rush...a heady mix of romance and horror.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515134520
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/24/2002
Series:
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, #4
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
99,606
Product dimensions:
4.36(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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1

It was two weeks before Christmas. A slow time of year for

raising the dead. My last client of the night sat across from

me. There had been no notation by his name. No note saying

zombie raising or vampire slaying. Nothing. Which probably

meant whatever he wanted me to do was something I

wouldn’t, or couldn’t, do. Pre-Christmas was a dead time of

year, no pun intended. My boss, Bert, took any job that

would have us.

George Smitz was a tall man, well over six feet. He was

broad shouldered, and muscular. Not the muscles you get

from lifting weights and running around indoor tracks. The

muscles you get from hard physical labor. I would have bet

money that Mr. Smitz was a construction worker, farmer, or

something similar. He was shaped large and square with

grime embedded under his fingernails that soap would not

touch.

He sat in front of me, crushing his toboggan hat, kneading

it in his big hands. The coffee that he’d accepted sat cooling

on the edge of my desk. He hadn’t taken so much as a sip.

I was drinking my coffee out of the Christmas mug that

Bert, my boss, had insisted everyone bring in. A personalized

holiday mug to add a personal touch to the office. My mug

had a reindeer in a bathrobe and slippers with Christmas

lights laced in its antlers, toasting the merry season with

champagne and saying, ‘‘Bingle Jells.’’

Bert didn’t really like my mug, but he let it go, probably

afraid of what else I might bring in. He’d been very pleased

with my outfit for the evening. A high-collared blouse so

perfectly red I’d had to wear makeup to keep from looking

pale. The skirt and matching jacket were a deep forest green.

I hadn’t dressed for Bert. I had dressed for my date.

The silver outline of an angel gleamed in my lapel. I

looked very Christmasy. The Browning Hi-Power 9mm

didn’t look Christmasy at all, but since it was hidden under

the jacket, that didn’t seem to matter. It might have bothered

Mr. Smitz, but he looked worried enough to not care. As

long as I didn’t shoot him personally.

‘‘Now, Mr. Smitz, how may I help you today?’’ I asked.

He was staring at his hands and only his eyes rose to look

at me. It was a little-boy gesture, an uncertain gesture. It sat

oddly on the big man’s face. ‘‘I need help, and I don’t know

who else to go to.’’

‘‘Exactly what kind of help do you need, Mr. Smitz?’’

‘‘It’s my wife.’’

I waited for him to continue, but he stared at his hands.

His hat was wadded into a tight ball.

‘‘You want your wife raised from the dead?’’ I asked.

He looked up at that, eyes wide with alarm. ‘‘She’s not

dead. I know that.’’

‘‘Then what can I possibly do for you, Mr. Smitz? I raise

the dead, and am a legal vampire executioner. What in that

job description could help your wife?’’

‘‘Mr. Vaughn said you knew all about lycanthropy.’’ He

said that as if it explained everything. It didn’t.

‘‘My boss makes a lot of claims, Mr. Smitz. But what

does lycanthropy have to do with your wife?’’ This was the

second time I’d asked about his wife. I seemed to be speaking

English, but perhaps my questions were really Swahili

and I just didn’t realize it. Or maybe whatever had happened

was too awful for words. That happened a lot in my business.

He leaned forward, eyes intense on my face. I leaned forward,

too, I couldn’t help myself. ‘‘Peggy, that’s my wife,

she’s a lycanthrope.’’

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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The Lunatic Cafe (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 844 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Anita Blake series is by far my favorite series out there. The complex personalities and evolution of the characters is amazing. Laurell K. hamilton writes a book that creates a whole new world for us to get sucked into. Once you pick up one of her books, you can't put it down. And once you finish one you just have to immediately start the next one.
Danielle084 More than 1 year ago
Another great one from Laurell. This series is drawing me in the more and more I read it. With more characters, exciting twist and turns and the adventure and excitment that Anita Blake seems to get herself into really captures the moment. With a twist of a love story this series is a must read from book 1 to 17!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anita Blake is always a great read from cover to cover. I have read every one that has been written. They need to be read in sequence to get the full effect and growth of the chacters. My advice is to buy them all and start from the start, they are worth the expense. I have read and reread my set every time she puts a new book out.A Fabulouse Writer! A must have for all vampire fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. It's so rare to see such a rich and complex female character who can kick butt while still struggling with personal moral dilemmas. There is some great action scenes and sexual tension and the supernatural aspect is just a little extra fun thrown in there. I highly recommend this series and this book was no different. This is Anita's first real intensive foray into the Lycanthrope community and she finds it can be just as bothersom and tough to survive as the vampire community.
Evie22 More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting book which showed us more of Anita's boyfriend Richard and how he rules his pack. It introduces characters that explain why the pack and Richard are where there are now and how Anita is able to grow more understanding and help them all. Anita is very clever in this one a lot of the times using her mind and her power over her weapons and in the end does what is best for all sometimes at a cost to her. Good plot and fun to read.
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Can't get enough of her style of writing. Biggest fan
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A fun and fast read. Completely engrossing. I especially liked the way Ms.Hamilton creates a society of supernatural beings, completely different from the popular horror story.
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Hamilton has her own unique spin on vampires and werepeople. Her world keeps expanding and I love it!!! Raina is scary! Marcus is confusing - I don't think he even knows what he wants from his pack. And, of course, Jean-Claude and Richard are just dreamy. You don't realize what is going on because so much happens in the first 10 chapters. It isn't until Anita goes in with guns ablazing (like always) that you realize that there is something wrong and she's into some deep trouble. This book is action packed from start to finish, and you really need to read it like a journal to make sense of everything. Hamilton does good twists and turns and the ending is definitely unexpected.
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As a lover of supernatural themed fiction, I know how easy it is for books with these themes to get silly. But so far, I am still enjoying every word of this series.
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