Author: Laurel K. Hamilton
Review: In a world where vampires are mainstream, necromancer Anita Blake is known as the 'Executioner'. She's tiny, tough and works as a consultant to the local St. Louis police department on supernatural crimes. When someone starts executing seemingly innocent vampires, Anita is 'convinced' to work the case. Can she figure out who the killer is before it's too late?
Not only is Anita a necromancer and vampire hunter, but she is known for her bad fashion sense, her penchant for stuffed penguins and her affinity for carrying a lot of weapons at all times. She is a feisty heroine with a lot of literary potential. Although the killer was easy to figure out, I enjoyed the introduction to Anita, the vampires in her life as well as her work associates. I know a few people who have read (or are reading) the series and I'm excited to keep reading. I understand the books are impossible to put down around book 5 or 6.
If you like Harris' Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse series, you will probably enjoy this. In fact, these book were written years before Sookie and I suspect they were an inspiration for Harris.