Publication Date: 2002 (1995)
Source: Xmas Gift
A rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire-or so Anita thinks. (Goodreads Synopsis)
This was another fun read in the Anita Blake series. Familiar characters from the previous books make a return and some others are introduced for the first time, including a new potential love interest for Anita.
Once again, Anita kicks ass and deals adeptly with everything thrown at her. For me, in some ways, that is the only minor let down with this series. Sure, she has powers of her own and even more so with the vampire marks, but it's hard to believe she can keep walking away from all the fights and situations she gets in to.
However, if you suspend your disbelief, this is a fun and entertaining series that continues to go from strength to strength.