Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series

The Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton is an alternate reality storyline, set in modern day Saint Louis, Missouri, where vampires are not only real, but they are also legal citizens. They have families, jobs, and hobbies. Many of them own businesses, like Jean-Claude, Master of the City after book one. He owns several of the popular night clubs in town, including Guilty Pleasures and Danse Macabre.

Anita Blake is a federal marshal and vampire hunter. Her home base is Missouri, but as a vampire executioner, her badge allows her to cross state lines to catch the supernatural bad guys. There is no way to keep a vampire in jail, so if there is a vampire gone bad, it is Anita's job to take care of him, by stake, gun, or whatever means she deems necessary.

Anita is a paid consultant for the police, or more specifically, the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT or Rip It for short). They employ her knowledge of the supernatural to catch the monsters that are preying on humans, be it zombies, ghouls, lycanthropes (shapeshifters), or vampires.

Anita is also an animator at Animators Inc., meaning she can raise the dead. When animated, the dead are known as zombies. They are raised to verify wills, answer questions as witnesses in trials, etc. Anita raises the zombie, usually with judges, lawyers, and even a court reporter present, and when their business with the deceased is done, she puts him or her back to rest.

To date, there are 15 books in the series: Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, Circus of the Damned, The Lunatic Cafe, Bloody Bones, The Killing Dance, Burnt Offerings, Blue Moon, Obsidian Butterfly, Narcissus In Chains, Cerulean Sins, Incubus Dreams, Micah, Danse Macabre, and The Harlequin, with a 16th book in the series titled Blood Noir due out in 2008. Laurell K. Hamilton's captivating style and use of language has enchanted readers from across the world and garnered millions of fans of her popular Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.