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The Lunatic Cafe [Paperback]

Laurell K. Hamilton
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5 Oct 2000 Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter
And you don't fall in love with a werewolf. It interferes with your work. Especially when you're a preternatural expert, like me. My business brings me up close and personal with all shapes and sizes of monsters. And not ALL of them want to kill me. Take, for instance, the local pack of lycanthropes - they're werewolves to you. A number of them are missing, and they've come to me for help. Maybe because I'm dating the leader of the pack. I've survived a lot - from jealous vampires to killer zombies - but this love thing may kill me yet. Look out for information on this book and others on the Orbit website at

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Oct 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841490490
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841490496
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,132 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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Falling in love gives you not only the problem of dealing with your lover, but of coping with their relatives. Vampire executioner Anita Blake's discovery that her new boyfriend, Richard, is a werewolf means that she has to cope with his pack and their elaborate politics of submission and domination. In The Lunatic Cafe Laurell Hamilton deals with werewolves with the same assurance that she brought to her charming, sinister vampires.

Anita still has emotional baggage from her relationship with Jean-Claude, vampire Master of the city, and he is not yet done with her, even if she no longer has the marks that would eventually have made her his human servant. Someone is making snuff movies--one of the more appalling features of the alternate world Anita inhabits is that someone will always find a horrid way to make the differences between that world and ours the subject of profit--and Anita is determined to put a stop to it. And werewolves and other shape-changers are disappearing--and Anita and her PI friend Veronica are keen to find out why. This is an excellent thriller as solidly imagined when it deals with ordinary policemen as when it deals with a fairy-tale prince enchanted into a swan. --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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Animator, necromancer, called by vampires everywhere "The Executioner," Anita Blake is a feisty, independent, 21st century lady who can't seem to get a date with a human being. In "Lunatic Cafe," Book 5 of Laurell K. Hamilton's winning mystery-suspense-thriller-romance series, Anita is in love with Richard Zeeman, a kind, outdoorsy, handsome science teacher who just happens to be a werewolf - an Alpha Male. Anita thinks she can deal with his "condition" enough to consider marriage. Then she starts to see another side of Richard - one he has tried to keep suppressed. Lycanthropy just happens to be the principal theme of this novel, so the couple's problem is topical. The charismatic Jean-Claude, vampire extraordinaire, and Master of the City of St. Louis, finds it hilarious that Anita doesn't think Richard is "human enough" for her. Jean-Claude is wildly attracted to Anita, and also lusts to share her powers, but she looks down on his advances because he is a vampire - and the Head Vampire, at that. One thing to remember about Anita - she does not want to be controlled EVER!!
Employed by Animators, Inc., to raise the dead, Anita's sideline is slaying vampires - the ones who murder humans. She collaborates with the police's Regional Preternatural Investigation Team when hunting the criminal undead. A call from her counterpart, Sergeant Rudolph Storr, informs her that a badly mutilated body has shown up in the hinterlands of St. Louis. A crime appears to have been committed, perhaps by a werewolf given the nature of the wounds. Anita is convinced that a supernatural creature is the killer...but what kind of creature? "If there were no prints, could it have flown in? A Gargoyle maybe? It was the only large winged predator that attacked men.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Werewolf or vampire, that is the question 31 May 2004
Up until this point, the main character in the series, Anita Blake, has been staying away from love. Anita is an animator and vampire slayer, who has been wooed for quite some time by the master vampire of the city, Jean-Claude. On the previous book, "The Circus of the Damned", we saw Anita moving away from the enchanting vampire to start searching for love in what she thought was a normal human. She was surprised when, after a vampire tore out the throat of his suitor, he did not die. Richard is a werewolf, and Anita is trying to reconcile this information with her own feelings for him. Anita's reluctant acceptance of love may have to do with the moment in time in which Laurell K. Hamilton wrote this book, since she was pregnant and delivered a baby girl named Trinity.
With each book, the reader gets a clearer idea about what the place in which Anita lives in is like. For example, we find out that there are creatures that we did not know existed in this world, like dragons, gargoyles and trolls. Also, we learn that discrimination against lycanthropes is illegal but existent nonetheless. In this case, everything starts when the husband of one particular lycanthrope shows up at Anita's office looking for help, since his wife is missing and he cannot go to the authorities for fear she will be fired if the "secret" comes out. In addition to this, Dolph, who works with the preternatural unit of the police department, summons Anita because there has been a murder of suspicious nature. Anita determines that the murder was committed by a shapeshifter, denomination that includes werewolves.
Besides the "usual" type of situations Anita faces, she has to deal with her relationship with Richard, and his battle for the leadership of the wolf pack with an alpha male called Marcus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A single sitting read! 5 Mar 2000
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This is the first Anita Blake I've read, but it certainly won't be the last! Hamilton handles her alternative-history modern world US with confidence, never letting the supernatural get out of hand. Anita is not exactly an original character (I'm afraid "feisty" comes to mind), but is far from being a cardboard cut-out. The money obsessed jerk of a boss and the enigmatic hit man friend are a bit too much to swallow though, and this sort of cliched characterisation stops it being a classic.
The combined love interest of a werewolf and a vampire is certainly different, (and goes a long way towards making Anita a fully fleshed out character),the plot's a real page turner, and the casual integration of mythology comes off perfectly.
All in all, a good thing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anita Blake and the Lunatic Cafe 25 Jun 2009
Anita Blake is an Animator. Anita and co. raise the dead to settle will disputes and the like, for a reasonable fee. On the side Anita is a vampire hunter -- she's been nicknamed 'the Executioner' and (obviously) isn't too keen on vampires. The Lunatic Cafe wasn't as good as the Circus of the Damned but was a very enjoyable romp nonetheless!

Anita Blake has problems. Aside from the usual she's facing a very jealous master vampire as she attempts to date her werewolf beau Richard. There's trouble in paradise as Anita is drawn into Were-pack politics -- eight shapeshifters have gone missing and she needs to discover the whys and the wherefores as soon as possible. As well as this; Edward shows up uninvited with a case of his own that may well tie into the missing shapeshifters.

I found myself really liking Richard in this book. But I'm already kind of bored of the brewing love triangle between Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard. I don't actually care who she dates and enjoy her friendship with Edward a lot more than any other dynamic (romantic or otherwise) in the book. There was a lot of time spent on the love triangle; probably too much. I found it quite jarring because the books have been so mercifully lacking in romance so far (a sign of things to come sadly). The plot mysteries are always good in these books, with that great hard-boiled noir tinge to them -- and I loved this one too. We learn a little more about Anita's world and are introduced to some new preternatural inhabitance.

Aside from Edward returning for more death and mayhem, we have a lot more of Richard, Dolph and Zerbrowski. Dolph is too funny and you can see he's pretty fond of Anita -- I thought it was funny when he and Zerbrowski were teasing her about dating Richard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars vampire or werewolf??
I think this book (book 4) is the best in the series so far, I read it in a single sitting!the strange love triangle has really mixed things up a bit. Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2011 by carly
4.0 out of 5 stars "Anita Blake Vampire Hunter" series book 4
Anita Blake is back with a vengeance in this gory urban fantasy series. She's got her usual problems; namely her relationships with werewolf Richard and his love rival master... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by Book Addict
5.0 out of 5 stars Loony Lovely Lunatic Cafe
The Lunatic Café is the fourth novel in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2010 by AngelGoneMad
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lunatic Cafe
With each book Anita Blake is growing and developing. I enjoy each of the preceding Anita Blake books. This is no exception. Great!
Published on 28 Aug 2009 by A. S. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I read this book in a a week. For me its like speed racing :p
Very easy to read, lots of action.
Published on 25 Feb 2009 by Alexio
5.0 out of 5 stars Werewolves? There wolves. There Anita Blake, Animator
In this fourth Anita Blake novel our heroine no longer bears the marks of Jean-Claude or any other master vampire and is exploring a relationship with Richard, the middle school... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2003 by Lawrance M. Bernabo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
The entire Anita Blake series was great, but it gave me a lot of grief. I tried to find Burnt Offerings in the library, and it wasn't there! Read more
Published on 5 Sep 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I've read a lot of books, but there are only a few I come back to time and time again. Those are the ones I absolutely love, and this book IS one of them! Read more
Published on 19 Jun 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty "Damned" Good if I do say so myself
Hey, loved it. It and the sequels. Pick it up, read it, buy more. I said read it. now. Stop reading this, and read the book. It's more interesting. Trust me. Don't you trust me? Read more
Published on 28 May 1999
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