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Bloody Bones: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel [Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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2 Nov 2000
First, there were the dead in the graveyard, two-hundred years dead. I'd been hired to raise them to settle a dispute over who owned the land they were buried in. Then there were the three dead teenagers in the woods, slaughtered in a way I'd never seen before. And then they found the dead girl, drained of blood and left in her bed. I knew what that meant of course. It didn't take a degree in preternatural studies to figure out that something was wrong in and around Branson, Missouri. And I was right in the middle of it. My name is Anita Blake. Welcome to my life ...Look out for information on this and other books on the Orbit website at

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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841490504
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841490502
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurell K. Hamilton is the bestselling author of the acclaimed Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novels. She lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two dogs and an ever-fluctuating number of fish.

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In some of Laurell Hamilton's excellent supernatural thrillers about Anita Blake, the Vampire Executioner, we forget that Anita raises the dead for a living, and that her involvements with the undead, the temporarily furry and the St Louis Police Department are only a sideline. In Bloody Bones, she is hired to raise the victims of some long-ago mass slaughter, a pile of dismembered arms and legs and skulls and ribs, and identify them. Her employers want to build a luxury hotel on ground claimed by the Bouvier clan as an old burial ground--and the Bouviers are not entirely human... Add to the mix murders too brutal to be obviously vampiric, a feud between Anita's vampire date Jean-Claude and the older vampire who rules the neighbouring countryside--and we have the sort of complicated mess of intrigue which Hamilton always handles so well. Anita is an interesting character because so torn between what she is, a necromancer with the power to compel the dead, and a person far too accomplished at violence, and her religious beliefs, as well as between her attraction to Jean-Claude and her love for the werewolf Richard. She is a fascinating series character because she changes so much.--Roz Kaveney


'I was enthralled by a departure from the usual type of vampire tale...' -- Andre Norton

'Supernatural bad guys beware, nightprowling Anita Blake is savvy, sassy and tough' -- P N Elrod, author of THE VAMPIRE FILES

'This fastpaced, toughedged supernatural thriller is mesmerizing reading indeed' -- LOCUS

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake #5 - The Best & Scariest Book Yet! 22 Feb 2005
Anita Blake is a feisty, independent, 21st century lady who's got attitude with a capital "A." Animator, necromancer, called by vampires everywhere "The Executioner," she is tops in her field and a woman of many talents. The St. Louis Police Department's Regional Preternatural Investigation Team has made her a full fledged member, a civilian expert, and she is on call 24/7 to help solve their more grizzly cases. Unfortunately Anita prefers to date the undead and the "lunarly disadvantaged." She is involved with Richard Zeeman, rugged, outdoor type, science teacher by day, and otherwise a werewolf. Jean Claude, Master Vampire, sophisticate, unbelievably handsome and sexiest vamp around town, also has a hold on her affections. What's a girl to do?
Bert, the unscrupulous owner of Animators, Inc., and Anita's boss, has accepted a large fee in exchange for Anita's services on a new case; services he doesn't know whether she is able to perform. Millions of dollars are at stake, and Anita may be the only animator powerful enough to do the job. Her mission is to raise an entire graveyard of zombies in order to settle some land dispute issues. The bones have been disturbed and separated, and the corpses are at least 300 years-old. The older the corpse, the bigger the sacrifice needed for a raising, and the more powerful an animator has to be. Another matter of great concern - someone, or something is killing local youths. An ancient, psychotic, sword-wielding vampire, and his renegade cohorts, are most likely involved in the grotesque serial murders. Against her better judgement, Anita calls on Jean Claude for help, since she isn't receiving any from the local police. The idea is to go through the area's Master Vampire - Serephina - and petition her to rein in her monsters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 23 May 2004
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For the first book I've ever bought off Amazon, Bloody Bones had a lot to live up to, and I wasn't dissapointed! It was more then I thought it was going to be, the summary had confused me a lot but it was nice to see Anita go out of town and to battle a new Master. It also showed me a terrifying side to Anita and I think Larry really grew up in this book. I loved finding out more about Jean-Claude in the bathtub scene. It just added a vulnerability to him I'd never thought of before.
Overall I truly loved this book and was surprised at the lack of physical involvement on Dolph's part. I was also surprised at the villain in the book, but Laurell always manages to surprise me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, sexy fun!! 10 April 2007
By sam hrt
This was the first Anita Blake novel I picked up. Thanks to this book I'm now hooked on the Anita Blake series. Absolutely brilliant, I haven't read such a good fantasy/horror book in a long time. However, the dark side was that it dragged a little but somehow LKH manages to keep the reader (me!) acting like an addict i.e. scrounging for more. I was incredibly happy that LKH wrote this book as I've been searching for such a complete series for ages, with a non-perfect hero/heroine, lust, sexual undercurrents and kick-ass moves. However,I admit I had to get used to a lot:

1. Anita resembles in stature, Buffy the vampire slayer. I mean I've always wanted a tall slayer

2. That Anita has ugly scars that don't really seem to bother her. I kinda admire her for that, I mean she is the only slayer that I've come across that doesn't care for what she looks like.

3. Anita can't really do kick ass moves without her gun. She gets chucked across a room by a kid-vamp so Lord knows how she became dubbed 'The Executioner' and even survived in that world. It seemed to me she's had a couple of lucky escapes

4. I really liked fact that LKH explored issues which some writers fear to go near or don't have the expertise to express in words. I'm talking about paedophiles, family beliefs and attitudes to teenage kids and underage sex or fatal seduction. This is one of the reasons that kept me reading probably, I love it when a writer is bold, because it makes me feel enthusiastic in a way.

5. One of the biggest shocks is that Anita doesn't do sex before marriage. What a shocker! But I'm guessing hormones will kick in sooner or later especially with 2 delicious hunks circling her

6. Finally the men! God they are to die for.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling musky naughty ghoulish fun 12 Aug 2006
Bloody Bones is the fifth in Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake vampire hunter series, and it's fantastic. This time, Anita is forced by her commercially driven boss Bert to take a zombie- raising job away from her native St Louis: she must assist in a land dispute issue on the outskirts of Branson by reviving the dead buried there, to ask them whether they are members of the family asserting ownership interest. Seems straightforward enough. But then the killings start, and Anita joins forces with the local constabulary to solve what initially appears to be a serial vampire-murderer investigation. Her novice apprentice Larry provides comic relief throughout, and proves to be a staunch character himself, as the murders and the land dispute begin to intertwine.

This book can stand alone, but it's better to read it in the context of the series as it's a pivotal installment. Anita's already complex character is further unveiled and pushed both morally and emotionally as she is forced to call upon her dangerous suitor Jean-Claude ( vampire Master of the City) for help. Does Anita continue to resist the musky appeal of Jean-Claude and remain loyal to Richard, her true-blue lycanthrope fiance? How does she deal with the vulnerability and karmic debt she now owes Jean-Claude? Is she able to defeat the sinister fairie Magnus and his overtly evil master Serephina.? And how does she deal with Jean-Claude when the two are forced to share a hotel room, and Jean-Claude's coffin goes missing? Who gets the sofa?

Sink your teeth into this one, and enjoy the rush
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5.0 out of 5 stars Will always make time to read Anita Blake vampire hunter
As always Ms Hamilton shakes you up and rattles you around. You never know what's going to happen next.
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Published 3 months ago by Mandie
5.0 out of 5 stars another cracker
This one had a really intelligent storyline, all about human greed and pointless century-old feuds. you begin to see a new side to Anita and the promise of whats to come.
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another great book by ms hamilton good story line and keeps you reading. worth every penny you pay for it
Published 13 months ago by MRS L BAKER
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good book good condition for pre read book, brought for partner who has read previous in series and recommends to any body who likes vampire stories
Published 14 months ago by steve bry
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
Keep Anita coming please, love this series. I had started buying the books but have splurged and am now buying them all for my kindle.
Published 17 months ago by Maxine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very tense and fast moving book. plenty to keep you thinking. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Great book
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