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The Killing Dance (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 6) [Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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7 Jan 2010 Anita Blake Vampire Hunter 6

An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, novel

'These days my life is a cross between a preternatural soap opera and an action-adventure movie.'

The first hit man came after me at home, which should be against the rules. Then there was a second, and a third. Word on the street is that Anita Blake, preternatural expert and vampire killer extraordinaire, is worth half a million dollars. Dead, not alive.

So what's a girl to do but turn to the men in her life for help? Which in my case means an alpha werewolf and a master vampire. With professional killers on your trail, it's not a bad idea to have as much protection as possible, human or otherwise.

But I'm beginning to wonder if two monsters are better than one...

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755355342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755355341
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,841 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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Even vampires get ill. In the sixth outing of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, The Killing Dance, Anita's occasional boyfriend Jean-Claude, vampire Master of St. Louis, is asked to help another Master who is rotting where he stands. Anita's necromantic powers may be enough to help Sabin, in conjunction with those of Jean-Claude and of Richard, the werewolf whom she is thinking of marrying. Anita, though, has problems of her own--there is a contract out on her life and the politics of the city's were-beings are even more complicated than those of its vampires. Richard has refused to take leadership of the city's werewolf pack, because he refuses to kill its current Alpha; just by existing and having defeated them in combat, he is a threat to the authority of Max and Raina, the wolves' current rulers. And it makes things worse that he is trusted by the wererats, say, and the various independent were-creatures.

Laurell K Hamilton's background in animal ethnology adds a lot to the mix in this book; Anita has to do some long hard thinking about what it means to be in love with a man who changes to wolf. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


'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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita's Powers Increase & Her Love Life Expands! 22 Feb 2005
"She is the 'Executioner' and has more vampire kills than any other human. She is a necromancer of such power that clients travel halfway around the world to consult her. She is my human servant, without a mark to hold her to me. She dates me without vampire glamour." So speaks Jean Claude, Master Vampire of St. Louis, as he describes the love of his very long life, Anita Blake, to a perspective client - one of the undead. And Anita is back, in Book 6 of Laurell Hamilton's "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" novels, as feisty, savvy, and talented as ever!
Anita's preternatural powers are increasing, and in "The Killing Dance" the lines begin to blur between her humanity and the supernatural. Always an uncompromising and tough lady, she's is developing a hardness, a detachment, that makes her fearful. An assassin has been hired to murder Anita. There's a $500,000 price on her head...and she's only a human! No one knows who, or what, is responsible for contracting the killer. Anita's friend, of dubious nature, bounty hunter Edward, alias Ted Forrester, has volunteered his services as detective and bodyguard. Her two love interests, Alpha werewolf and wannabe "leader of the pack," Richard Zeeman, and the aforementioned Jean Claude, are the ones most capable of protecting her. They attempt to put rivalry and jealousy on hold until the emergency is over.
Meanwhile, the brutal werewolf king Marcus and his sadistic lupa Rania, are determined to fight Richard and Anita to the death. An extremely powerful, unpredictable new vampire enters the picture. Centuries-old Sabin is dying of an illness lethal to vampires and needs Anita's skill to help cure him. Dominic Dumare, Sabine's human servant and necromancer extraordinaire, accompanies his master to St. Louis. The pair have a malevolent air about them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Dance - A Digested Read [SPOILERS] 21 April 2012
I am a woman. I am the most womanliest woman ever, and am leading the way for women's rights. I am so woman, I out-men all the men. That's how woman I am. I am also the most powerful Necromancer ever. The others don't count because they're men. I'm the best but I don't like bragging because I'm just an ordinary Catholic girl (even though I'm not Catholic anymore). I work for Animators Inc, but really I could go freelance because I'm the best. It's because I hunt vampires. The rest of the employees are men. That has nothing to do with it. I also work for the police. They always beg me for help but I don't. Lately, they just get in the way of solving cases. But that's not their fault either. They're all men too.

I am a lone woman living in a man's world. Other women don't count.

A vampire's asking for my help. He has a tragic love story and is literally falling apart at the seams. But I'm not going to help because he's a vampire so that makes him evil. Also, he has powers that I don't and that's just not right, but I'll listen to him because I'm professional like that. Wait, he's not talking about me. Shut up. Jean-Claude is also here. I like looking at him, even though he's a vampire. But he's not evil because he's hot. I turn down the evil tragic vampire for no discernable reason. There is no way this can come back to bite me.

Now Edward's here. The sociopathic assassin who is in love with me, but doesn't realise because I haven't told him yet. He's as dishy as the rest of my emasculated, male, leather-fetish harem.

Apparently there are assassins after me. I'll just have to put on my black shirt, and my black jeans and my black Nike trainers with the blue swoosh and strap on my firestar and my knives and then ignore the problem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping yarn 30 Dec 2007
"There are only two things you can do when you're dressed like Barbie Does Bondage; you can be embarrassed or you can be aggressive. Guess what my choice was."
Anita Blake, aka The Executioner, with over 20 vampire kills to her name (and those are just the legal ones), now finds that she is the hunted. There's a $500,000 contract out on her, dead. Edward must find out who ordered the hit. To make matters more complicated, Richard and Marcus must bloodily resolve who will be leader of the pack. On top of all this, Anita's complicated ménage gets distinctly steamy, and very à trois. Although with alpha werewolf Richard becoming less human as he fights for the pack, and Master vampire Jean-Claude becoming seemingly more human as he fights for Anita, it's difficult for her to decide who to choose. The sex scenes again are very explicit and can detract from the main plot.
It's fascinating to watch Anita's progress through the series. She has stayed as uncompromising and tough as ever, but she's getting a hardness that frightens even herself. And by the end of this book, because she's a much more powerful Necromancer, possibly even becoming one of the 'monsters', she finds herself paying a price and in a situation she would never even have considered in the first book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting and unpredictable 9 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not to give too much away, but the story took a unexpected turn, didn't guess the ending! A good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Killong Dance 19 Feb 2014
By hol
I love the way anitas life falls apart and yet stil has to save the day and rescue one of her boys. Poor Anita has a hard time in this book. I had a speedy delivery and a fab used book that looks like new
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great book found it very difficult to put down. I normal take a month to read each book this one took two days.
Published 6 months ago by Mr P Coakley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not in condition described.
I ordered this with the description "very good" condition. It was not even in good condition never mind very good. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brianne
5.0 out of 5 stars Where the stories really begin
This is the one where th he story starts, I love the way the relationships develop and grow, best so far
Published 11 months ago by Mimi Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Anita wow
I loved this book and how laurell completly changed anit,richard & jean-claudes relationship. Can't wait to start the next book.
Published 12 months ago by Sue Brighton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Dance by Laurell K Hamilton
Love the genre, story line, action and relationships.
I,m all for badass female lead characters in my literature of choice.
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I love her books, I really can't fault any of them. Just waiting for the rest of them to come through in the post
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This book was by turns gripping, erotic, soul searching, tense with drama and back to erotic love triangles. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bella-talk
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 13 months ago by Maxine
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series
Love this series this book did not dissapoint
I am reading them at such a fast pace completely un put downable
Published 15 months ago by Mrs Aebbe Sheppard
4.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Dance
My Wife is addicted to the whole Anita Blake series !!!!
The Killing Dance is a great book, will Richard or Jean Claude win Anitas affections ??
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