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Hit List [Hardcover]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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7 Jun 2011

A serial killer is hunting the Pacific Northwest, murdering victims in a gruesome and spectacular way. The local police suspect "monsters" are involved, and have called in Anita Blake and Edward, US Marshals who really know their monsters, to catch the killer.

But some monsters are very real. The Harlequin have been the bogeymen of the vampire world for more than a thousand years; they are a secret so dark that even to speak their name can earn you a death sentence. Now they are here in America, hunting weretigers, and human police.

The Harlequin serve the Mother of All Darkness, the first vampire. She was supposed to be dead, but only her body was destroyed. Now she needs a new one, and she's decided that Anita Blake's is the body she wants. Edward thinks the serial killings are a trap to lure Anita closer to the most dangerous vampire they've ever hunted. The vampires call Edward "Death," and Anita the "Executioner," but Mommy Darkest is coming to kill one, and possess the other, and she doesn't care how many others have to die along the way.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; First Edition edition (7 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755352599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755352593
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,281 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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"Those who like a plot that moves at the pace of a runaway locomotive will be delighted with this 20th installment of the Anita Blake series."

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The sensational new novel from the New York Times bestselling author featuring her vampire-hunting heroine Anita Blake

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the money. 8 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is not worth the money. The font size is huge compared to Bullet, in all honesty this is a novella with ambitions not a proper novel. If you must read it check it out from your local library or wait for the paperback because it is a rip off at hardback price.

This basically reads like Obsidian Butterfly part deux only without the pacing, plot or general entertainment factor. Its like LKH was following a power point presentation and all of the characters were cardboard cutouts trotting around a sound stage. Anita gets in a fight with the local marshalls, check. Marshalls doubt her loyalties, check. Anita shows off her super special knowledge, check. Anita meets yet another super special wer to add to her harem, check. Anita gets in a gun fight and gets injured, check. Medical people are astounded by her healing ability, check. Anita gets weirded out by Olaf, check. Anita shows her humanity by aiding a fallen officer, check. Anita angsts about everything, about a million checks through the whole book. Then all of a sudden the book ends, its like LKH got bored or couldn't be bothered anymore and wrapped it all up in about ten pages. Really? I mean really, really?? Anita has been fighting Mother Dark for how many books now and it all ends in less than three pages? The ending was poorly thought out and just lame with yet another unexplained power up and one of the enemy switching sides out of the blue. It left me annoyed, frustrated and feeling cheated that something that should have been fleshed out and detailed was treated like an after thought.

What writing gift LKH once had seems to have abandoned her in this book. Supposedly the book is set in the Seattle/Tacoma Washington area but it could be anywhere.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Author Cop-out! 11 Jun 2011
By Terresa
I am SO DISAPPOINTED in Ms Hamilton. I am so GUTTED with this book. I LOVE Anita Blake Series. I have read all of it and alot of them more than once. I was so looking forward to this book - waited nearly a year for it to come out!! A waste of my anticipation.
The font was too big which means there wasn't much to the book to read in the first place, the plot line was so weak that it's pretty none existence. I love the bit about Ethan but the rest was so not believable. I mean here's Anita fighting not only the Harliquin but also Mother Dearest and she's on her own with only Edward. Come ON Ms Hamilton. Where's Anita's Jean-Claude et al? The whole thing should really start from St Louis with a huge attack then dragged across US in the bad guys trying to lead Anita away from her core support. There should be more crime plots. There should be an answer as to why Rabourne had it in for Anita. There should be some sort of after effect at the end once Anita dealt with Mother Dearest. There should be a longer Epiloge at the end. This was a really important point for Anita's story. The Finale and Ms Hamilton you've blown it big time for us. It was so boring!! It was too quick a read. The plot was so weak. There's no grit, no tension, pretty much no nothing. Even the sex scenes are blah blah. And there were loads of recycling of descriptive text reused from the other books. I was really expecting another but bigger version of Narcissus in Chains. What I got was well... I actually think this is the worse and weakest in the series. It should have been the best in the series. Very very disappointed. I now actually don't know where Anita series going to head to ... if the next one is like this one I'm dumping the series. I've invested alot of time, emotion, recommendations and money in this series so far. I'm heartbroken.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More fail than win! 17 Jun 2011
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I tried to think of ways of describing this book and then it came to me.

Its like a One Night Stand. It feels good at the time, but at the end it feels kinda hollow and makes you think why did I do that again?

Don't get me wrong its better than the sex-saturated previous books but I felt that it was unfinished or lacking...I like that Edward's in it, I don't like that Edward has been somewhat 'tamed' by the love a woman, feels a bit cliched to me. And like some other reviewers have said, I am getting tired of LKH's 'stock phrases' you know the ones I mean.

"eyes had gone as pale and distant as a winter's sky'
"tightened things low down in my body"

I think I used to be able to look past it because the stories were exceptional but now...? I'm not so sure, I feels lazy to me, and a lot of the scenes just seemed rehashed from previous books, her encounters with Raborne and Bernardo etc. If I have to see her assert herself once more through a combination of feminine wiles (that she refuses to believe she has) and macho bravado I might call it done. I do prefer Meredith Gentry in that respect as a person she makes no excuse for who/what she is...and she's more likable for it.

Thats not to say there wasn't anything good...I could feel the restraint in the first scene (of almost sex) with Ethan I was very excited when they didn't have sex. Although again, I am wondering if there's anything Anita can't do..she's rapidly gone from someone to identify with, to someone who just bitches and complains when there is really no need. The scenes with Olaf were delicious - something clearly has to be done about him...but otherwise this book continues the downward trend started in Micah and strange candy.

I would wait for it to be in the library, I read it in about 3 hours in the evening. Add in the stock phrases, repeated scenes, there's a lot that you DON'T have to read to get the gist of the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read
Amazing book, well worth a read.
Published 2 months ago by Fiona Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars The beginnings of a plot....?
So after far too much sex in far too many books it looks like Laurell is beginning to listen to her fans and head back (sort of) towards the Anita we all became addicted to at the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MISS LAUREN A CORSTON
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit List
Too much story of surrounding description and people's clothing. The storyline got quite boring at some stages. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gemini
2.0 out of 5 stars Laurell K Hamiltons books are not what they were
sadly the sex and more sex seems to have taken over any sign of a story and i am very sad a fine writer who obviously has lost contact with her editor . Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing novel LK Hamilton :-)
Awesome novel I enjoyed every bit of it would recommend to anyone over 18years :-) if you like the series this is number 19.
Published 13 months ago by Melanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit List by L.K.Hamilton
Good story. I could not put the book down. I loved the series and would encourage others to read it, if you like supernatural or shifters, fairies and other supernatural beings.
Published 18 months ago by SAT 18
4.0 out of 5 stars Necromancer of Vampire
The human servant of a master vampire has acquired powers of her own and uses them as part of her Deputy Marsha's armoury. Read more
Published 18 months ago by David Coote
5.0 out of 5 stars laurell k hamilton
see my review of Bullet and i cant wait for the next keep it up laurell. amaxing stuff. i love the charactor anita blake i find her complicated relationships amusing and her inner... Read more
Published 20 months ago by rosie
1.0 out of 5 stars please no more sex or angst
i have enjoyed the books over the years but sorry....no more.

the weak plot,mechanical screaming sex scenes and yawning angst leave me cold. Read more
Published on 15 Sep 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars hit list
If you enjoy reading this kind of book then you wont be disappointed , i have enjoyed reading every one of the anita blake series and sadly i am running out of books to read there... Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2012 by Oor_WuLLie
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