Book #68 was Skin Trade, the 17th book in Laurell K. Hamiltonâ€™s Anita Blake series. The back of the book reads:
When a vampire serial killer sends Anita Blake a grisly souvenir from Las Vegas, she has to warn Sin Cityâ€™s local authorities what theyâ€™re dealing with. Only itâ€™s worse than she thought. Ten officers and one executioner have been slainâ€”paranormal style. Anita heads to Vegas, whereâ€™s sheâ€™s joined by three other federal marshals, including the ruthless Edward. Itâ€™s a good thing he always has her back, because when she gets close to the bodies, Anita senses â€œtigerâ€ too strongly to ignore it. The weretigers are very powerful in Las Vegas, which means the odds of her rubbing someone important the wrong way just got a lot higher.
I had such high hopes for this book! Anita was back to being an executioner! Sheâ€™s on the road, so her stable of men will be smaller! Maybe there will be less of the metaphysical stuff!
And then I was so, so disappointed. If there was ever a book in need of an editor with a sharp red pen, it was this one.
The worst part of the book? The talking, talking, and more talking. Everyone had to discuss every little freakinâ€™ thing, at the most inopportune times, and ad nauseum. How many times do we need to revisit the â€œother people think Anitaâ€™s a slut cuz she has so many boyfriendsâ€ point? Or the â€œOlaf the serial killer/U.S. Marshall wants Anita and he makes her really uncomfortableâ€ point? And in the middle of a supposedly fast-paced search for a serial killer? There is just a ridiculous amount of discussion and pissing contests, for lack of a better term. The sex is toned down quite a bit in this one, with the wildest scene actually only alluded to, but even that wasnâ€™t enough to save this book. I did enjoy the final confrontation, but it should have been about 200 pages sooner than it was. Iâ€™ve stuck through this series for 17 books, but Iâ€™m not sure Iâ€™ll bother with #18.
Audiobook length: 18hrs 52min | Approximate word count: 203,453
Used in these Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge 2009;