The zombie-raising business gets slow in December, so Anita Blake is starting to see some oddball cases. She's got a neatly typed list of eight missing lycanthropes given to her by Marcus, the leader of the local werewolf pack, who wants her to find them. The trouble is, Anita's occasionally furry boyfriend Richard is locked in a power struggle with Marcus. Jean-Claude, master vampire of the city and Anita's other love interest, is getting jealous as well. To top it off, Anita has to solve some horrific murders and keep her bounty-hunting friend Edward from killing Richard and Jean-Claude.Review:
Anita sees George Smitz, a man who is looking for his missing wife who is also a werewolf. Anita is furious with Bert for referring a missing persons case to her when she was unqualified for the job. She was able to convince Mr. Smitz to see her friend Ronnie who was a private investigator with missing persons experience. Shortly thereafter Anita has a theater date with her "sweetie" Richard. Afterwards, they run into Jean-Claude who reveals that Richard had something of a showdown with the current werewolf Alfa, Marcus, but refused to kill him. This has caused some big problems within the pack. Anita was furious that she hadn't been told, how dare Richard not tell her what was going on. He explained that he was trying to protect her, then she's mad that he tried to do that.
Anita, Anita, Anita, you are such an unlikeable character, I think you might be ruining the story for me. I enjoyed the the story itself, but...grrr! I feel so bad for Richard, why is he still with her? She can take his shirt off but if he touches her but she considers it groping? She can't abide explaining her actions, but if others don't hop to and explain everything to her she blows up. I was prepared for this to be the last Anita Blake book I ever read, but she had the whole maybe-I'm-just-as-bad-as-the-monsters-I-hate revelation. And the story was good, I will read the fifth book, but I'll get it from the library, I just can't spend money on Anita.