At lunch, Anita Blake and three of her men engage in public displays of affection, and flirt with the waiter. They’re being watched. When Anita goes there alone later, she’s approached by two werelions, who will kill Anita’s loved ones if she doesn’t raise a zombie for their client – the same person from whom Anita earlier turned down work.
When the author is good, she’s very good, as demonstrated in the cemetery scene. Laurell K. Hamilton is at her best taking Anita through the procedure of animating zombies. Instead, most of the book follows the politics surrounding the werelions. And whilst the chapter with Natalie Zell is interesting, it ultimately has nothing to do with the story, except for a short time making Anita wonder who sent the hired goons – and the answer is in the book’s cover copy, and thus not a spoiler.
This between-the-novels snapshot is ultimately unnecessary, and is not worth the hardcover price. Borrow this one from the library, or wait until a paperback edition is available for purchase. You’re not missing much.