Skin Trade (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #17)

Skin Trade (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #17)

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by Laurell K. Hamilton
     
 

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When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Police officers and one executioner have been slain-paranormal style.

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Overview

When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin City's local authorities what they're dealing with. Only it's worse than she thought. Police officers and one executioner have been slain-paranormal style.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101057360
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/02/2009
Series:
Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series , #17
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Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
30,868
File size:
673 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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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Skin Trade (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series #17) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 864 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the earlier books in the series, lots of action, emotions a kick butt heroine. I preferred Anita's love with Jean Claude, and the tormented Richard to the new Anita who cant control her own sex drives. If she wasn't in the grip of the Ardeur, she'd just be a tramp, but because of the Ardeur, well, she's just a tramp. What happened to the zombie raising, vampire slaying woman in charge. Sorry to say, Anita's become June Cleaver with a serious sex addiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skin Trade was better than some, not as good as most in Anita's series. Kinder and gentler Edward was a little creepy, kinder and gentler Olaf was a lot creepy. An awful lot of repetitious dialogue and a very rushed ending. Ms. Hamilton should realize that readers who love long running series establish connections to characters. It is like visiting old friends once a year. The road trips are nice, but we also want to revisit the people in Anita's world that we've come to not only accept, but love. Frankly, Micah, Nathaniel, Asher, Jason, and Jean-Claude are why I still read the series. Everyone but the whiny Richard has become more interesting than Anita. Take a page from Nora Robert's JD Robb series. She's created a "family" in her world and we get to catch up with all of them in each book.
avidrdrAZ More than 1 year ago
I liked this book in general but I'm sort of getting sick of the whole ardeur thing. I guess I wouldn't mind it so much if it didn't keep adding men to her "menu" (as they say in the book) or if it didn't seem like such the focal point for the past 3 or 4 books. I'm glad that Anita seems to be back and doing her job but I'm going to have to agree with her in that she's got too many men on her plate and I think she needs a vacation! I think any other person would have had a breakdown by now. I find in series that have this many books in them the main character becomes so in demand from everyone around them and it's gets frustrating..I want them to tell the others to back off! I would love to see it go back to Jean-Claude, Micah and Nathaniel (maybe Richard if he hadn't become so annoying) (is it wrong that I'm hoping for 3 or 4 main men instead of 6 or 7??) and her doing her necromancer/US Marshal duties. So, if you liked the beginning of the series I think you'll like this one. Don't judge this series by the past few books because I don't think they are the best of the bunch. Happy Reading!! :)
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
I've been badly burned by this author too many times to count. I loved the first 7 to 8 books; but the rest have been sadly lacking in plot. I don't mind romance, I don't mind sex, but would prefer a book with an interesting plot. I sat down with this book and was unable to connect with Anita Blake. She had become a robot with nothing to say but go to step 1, review step 1, plan step 2, evaluate step 2, implement step 2, review step 2 and then review the previous step(s). In other words, I'm not putting out my money for her stories because they are not original, not thought provoking nor enjoyable. As sorry as this story appears, it is still better than her previous books. Where is the gutsy Anita Blake who relied upon herself and her talents instead of invoking her lovers and sex? If she can't kill someone, she has sex with them? That is so lame! Anita used to have some morals and some standards. Did she and Laurel forget who Anita Blake was? It is almost to the point where I wish she'd staked Jean-Claude and start over again. I keep hoping that Laurel will start using the talent she showed at the beginning and write something that makes me want to buy it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Amongst the vampire and shifter communities vampire executioner Anita Blake is notorious for her dead count; no one in the profession comes remotely close. However, recently she has had a catharsis of sorts as those she assumed are evil monsters may be the victims of a zealous bias by human society who has fears of the paranormal. Part of her mental revision is who she socializes with, which has led to the Federal Marshal Service no longer trusting her in spite of her record. However, Anita has no doubts that the serial killing vampire Vittorio who recently left St. Louis deserves death. He has begun taunting her sending her a victim's head via the post office. She takes up his gauntlet heading to Las Vegas where the package came from to confront him. In town are Federal Marshal Edward and serial killer Olaf; both want Anita. In Sin City, the sheriff wants Anita to leave while others like Crispin the were-tiger and Marmee Noir the creator of the vampire lines have uses for Anita; all hell is converging on Anita.; other supernatural entities have a use for her as well. SKIN TRADE is the best Blake urban fantasy in several years as the story line is a throwback to the earlier supernatural detective thrillers. Sex is limited instead of dominating and what there is enhances the storyline instead of owning the plot. Fascinatingly except for Edward there is no direct appearance of any other recurring support character as Anita using her brain more than her brawn and struggles with being the foci of the Vegas paranormal community. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the whole book, not just a chapter or two, and while I'm glad there wasn't any sex for the first 300+ pages, I was crushingly disappointed by the circular conversations Anita has with the police (which LKH has exhausted already with Dolph and the St. Louis cops) and the need to overly detail the law and regulations (I feel I could pass the bar in Anita's world, now). There was potential with the return of "gore" which I had appreciated in the earlier books, but the big finale had all the grandeur of a jr. high game of truth or dare. Like previous books, also, I felt the ending was quickly tied off in the last 10 or so pages, which is jarring after the slow going and repetitive conversations throughout the book. Did I find the question and answer shtick overdone? Yes. Am I doing it now to show what I'm talking about? You betchya. I think I owe someone money, because I had bet that if there was less sex it might breath new life into the series again. So, the fans that love the sex-stuffed recent books are probably going to turn on LKH, too, now. I just wish that Anita could maybe travel to a new planet, have new conversations and arguments with new people because I don't know where else the series could go. Good luck, LKH, still reading ya... cool book cover...
Reba512 More than 1 year ago
I am disappointed in the way Anita Blake's character is going. I would like to see her and Jean Claude back together and both being the main characters instead via telephone!
bamagirl More than 1 year ago
Okay I started reading this series after I read the Twilight series because I wanted a adult vampire and werewolf series. I was extremely happy about what I read in the first few books of this series. It was very original, well written, funny, and some what romantic. I especially liked all the different were-animals in the books. With that being said the series has gone down hill. The author has to much going on with the main characterand all her men. In the last few book i read i thought Anita was learning to accept who and what she is but then the author goes and has her do something that she know she shouldn't do. Which makes me wonder if Anita is just being childish or if the author has forgotten what she wrote before. I've found a few cases where the book wasn't edited correctly and I also noticed in this book she refered to the lion clan and didn't say the leaders name.In the previous book she said that haven( cookie monster) was taking over the clan in st.Louis,but in this book she mentioned that the regina of st. louis would kill her. Haven wasn't married in the last book and she didn't mention him being married in this book. Was the original rex killed by haven or did haven go back to his old master. I think the author is forgeting to tie up a lot of loose ends in the books because she puts so much focus on the sex. There are way to many different sex partnerss. It cheapens the main characters toughness and through the books the author makes a point to say Anita always has to prove that she is as tough as the big boys. Also it seems like every other chapter someone is telling Anita how beautiful she is, what happened to the strong self-confident character we started with. Okay i'll end my rant with this. If your looking for a good series to read and enjoy throught this isn't the series for you. I'm only still reading it because I want to know what happens to Jean-claude and the were animals.
mootini More than 1 year ago
my first hardcover book and i had to waste it on this one. gave up reading it towards the middle of the book. boring and still anita's love life is too weird for me. i wont be buying anymore anita baker novels.
caduceusperserve More than 1 year ago
Hamilton needed to write this book. It is one of the best ones from the Anita Blake series. I have been disappointed in a few of her books in recent years ,but "Skin Trade" reminds us that she is a creative conjure of nightmares and myths. The bare bones of the novel is that Anita is sent a severed head from Vegas. She goes there to meet up with her old buddy Edward,serial killer Olaf,and a squad of psychic Vegas police to find the killer. Yes, we hear the common complaint of Anita being treated like a whore by her peers in the police. Yes, towards the end of the book there is about 10 to 15 pages of erotica that didn't seduce my mind into sexy thoughts.(For a 486 page book, 15 pages is light compared to Hamilton's past writing,thank god). My only real complaint is I don't like how Anita thinks sex validates you,(for example for when she had sex with Domino to make him feel worthy and needed). But please don't get the impression that I didn't like the book. There are a lot of interesting themes going on in the book. Absolute power corrupts:Power,knowledge ect, can turn you into a jerk if you let it go to your head. You need people to balance you out and keep you in check. There is a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde in all of us,we become what we put most of our energy into,(Anita questions herself, is she a necessary evil or good person). Love gave Edward a soul: In the past Ed was a two dimensional hell raiser who was good at killing vampires but now he hesitates to endanger himself needlessly. He has a family that loves him. Love can give meaning to life and a reason to quit chasing your demons. Olaf(serial killers are people to)That theme struck me as corny. Lastly with pure speculation, I think Hamilton is setting Anita up to be the next Mother of Darkness ,may she be benevolent in her powers.
EMT_Tessie More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time Anita fan, but the last book in the series, Blood Noir, left me feeling "meh". I was beginning to question the direction the series was taking and whether or not Anita was going to do anything but run around and have sex all the time. Thankfully Skin Trade renewed my love for this series and pulled me right back into the action. It was great to see Anita reunite with Edward and get back to doing what it is she does best, kick some bad vampire butt. I realize that her powers and beasts are changing the way the game is played but I am glad that, at least for this book, they were not the main focus and didn't steal from the action. This is a great book that reminds me of some of the first Anita stories with plenty of new to make it interesting.
Marissa-Kim More than 1 year ago
The last few Anita Blake novels have departed from the original premise that drew my attention. Yes, LKH can write scintillating sex scenes interwoven with the requisite graphic violence that makes her books unique; and most readers, I believe, appreciate a nice balance of that. However, after Blood Noir I was wary of picking up another book in the series but Skin Trade makes a valiant effort to reprise Anita Blake as a strong female character with boundaries independent of the many men in her life. The lastest installment left me hopefully optimistic about the continuation of the series.
BlueOnyx More than 1 year ago
The Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series is always interesting. This book is a return to the police work and vampire hunting like Obsidian Butterfly. The story line is intense and all the characters work well together. I have already read it more than once and really enjoyed it. I wish there were more interaction with JC and the people from St. Louis, but it was well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. It get Anita Blake back into police work and less about the sex (though there is still sex in this book). It brings Edward back (always one of my favorites), though I miss Jean-Claude and the other men who have a relative small part if in the book at all. Everyone who were starting to dislike the books because of all the sex should love this book. The police work is great. Anita works with the Las Vegas SWAT, which has a magical group. I think it helps her deal with her own magic. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Anita books or the Merry by Hamilton. Other authors that are similar include; Patricia Briggs, Kim Harrison, Jenna Black, Karen Chance just to name a few.
reading_addictDA More than 1 year ago
Since discovering the Anita Blake series, I have waited for each book with great anticipation. I have grown to love the characters and look forward to seeing their interaction with each other and the internal growth made by each character as the series progresses. I missed Jean Claude and Asher, Micah and Nathaniel, Jason, and even Richard with this book. When I saw that Havens was in this book, I started to get excited only to find out he is but a sleeping buddy and very little more. I would love to see that relationship grow between Anita and Havens. I enjoyed the new relationship between Crispin and Domino, but even that was not elaborated very much. The Wicked Truth involvement with Anita was comforting as I don't necessary want to read Anita the Slut episodes. The one thing I did truly enjoy about this book was the investigation side of the story. The internal conflict that Anita is now going through is interesting and perhaps the next book will begin to show how Anita will handle her conflicted view of her job and her numerous intanglements. I understand with a series of so many characters, that it is hard to do justice to each one in one book, but I think the yearly wait for the next story allows the Anita Blake fans to build up anticipation that may not be able to be meet. There are many of Hamiliton's books that I read numerous times, but I don't think this will be one of them.
Rachel1209 More than 1 year ago
I am extremely disappointed in the progress of the Anita Blake character. In every book she has the same dilemma of how many men she is going to sleep with and who she's going to kill. Since the book stopped having grittier sex scenes ( which I enjoyed) it seems this storyline is a waste of time. Also, I'm extremely disappointed in the ending of this book. You spent 6 bazillion pages giving overly detailed accounts about how Anita felt about everything leading up to the climax and then the ending was about 3 pages long. What was that? I don't know if I have outgrown the series or if the series has changed but it seems as if it just isn't what it used to be.
JennyJC More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I didn't love it, but I don't love any book that Jean-Claude is not in. My favorite characters are Jean-Claude and Micah. I have to say that the plot did develop with Edward and Anita, but I think I could have gone without purchasing this and checking it out from the library.
ryQ More than 1 year ago
This is one of the better books in the series. I am a slow reader. Usually taking up to a month to finish a book. I finished this in 3 days, which is fast for me. Without giving away much...action and a few W.T.F. movements (I counted 3 or 4). My only problem with this book is the sex scene came in at the end and it was not needed. The action was great and the sex slowed it down. There was only 1.5 sex scenes but still a great read. And last bit...can you say Marshall Forester...W.T.F. #1 !!!! :)
Constant_ReaderPA More than 1 year ago
I had decided that this was the last Anita Blake book I was going to read after the less than satisfying previous couple of books. I was so glad when I found that this book had recaptured the style of the earlier Anita Blake books. There was a story and not just mind numbing rampant sex. There was a plot and characters who were more than one dimensional sex objects and everything else that had been missing in the last books. Plus it is always a good read when Edward makes a guest appearance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this series needs to end. instead of being pornographic it has turned into arguments with every new character introduced. the original story line is but a memory. stop now while there is still a fan base for something else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of the Anita Blake series for awhile. I enjoyed every single one of them. Though they can be overly erotic as of late and missing plot, but was glad to see that Skin Trade involved a good plot and didn't revolve around Anita having to have sex 24 hrs a day as it seemed more so in the recent books. I missed the thrilling and amazing plot Laurell K. Hamilton would create earlier in the series. Skin Trade was great and it seems LKH is bringing her A game again. If your looking for something a little less erotic I recommend Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. If erotic doesn't bother you than Anita Blake is your girl. As for me I can't wait for book #18.
SuzeQ18 More than 1 year ago
No plot as compared to the first 3 three books in the series. TOO LITTLE PLOT AND TOO MUCH EROTICA. bORING REALLY YOU READ THROUGH THE BOOK WAITING FOR SOMETHING TO HAPPEN, WAITING AND WAITING, UNTIL YOU GET TO THE END AND NOTHING.
Orange-Fanatic More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutly wonderful, I have been reading this seiries for a good couple of years now and after a lot of sex in the past couple of books this one was a nice breather, the plot was wonderful and the characters as always are amazing!
Siastar More than 1 year ago
I started this series on a whim, reading 1-3 back to back and picked it back up last July. Its a fun, pass the time read, but the repetition and the increasingly sexual story line has actually made it somewhat boring in my humble opinion. At this point I keep reading it because I've read so many. I would like to know how these multiple story lines resolve because I do care about the characters but I'm also growing bored since nothing ever seems to get resolved. Skin Trade and Blood Noir are some of the better more recent sequels and I hope Ms. Hamilton continues in this manner and starts drawing this series to a conclusion.
pdubz More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Skin Trade!! I have read all previous Anita Blake novels 1-16 in order, and have never stopped loving the series, even though I know that some fans dropped off after Obsidian Butterfly. The eroticism is pretty awesome, I am not ashamed to say. It truly adds to her relationships with the characters. Skin Trade seems to take a lot of the mystery and thriller elements that were in the stories prior to OB, and combines them with Anita's sexuality of novels #12-16. I really missed Jean-Claude and Nathaniel and Micah, though, I cannot lie! They're not much in Blood Noir or Skin Trade, maybe #18 we'll be back to them in St Louis instead of in her thoughts or on the phone =) I was relieved that Richard has somewhat disappeared, he was seriously getting on my nervvvvesssss. I love love love the way Anita's own character, and her relationships have truly grown to this point, over the past 5 years of her fictional life. I am so excited for a new novel, I hope it comes soon!!