Oct 09, Tenny rated it really liked it Listening to the series, very good story, leaves you on the edge of your seat!! Hamiltons first book of the Anita Blake series: Guilty Pleasures, I mentioned that I had read this particular book about three years ago and couldnt really remember the relationship between Jean Claude and Anita Blake the main characters because I had been in such grips of fear from the rest of the novel that the love story in the background didnt really hit me.. But that first book Guilty Pleasures was so good I decided to catch up. The cliffhanger left about what In my review of Laurelle K.
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Plot summary[ edit ] The Laughing Corpse takes place a month after the events of Guilty Pleasures and begins with Anita and her manager Bert visiting Harold Gaynor, a local millionaire that wants Anita to animate a year-old corpse. Anita immediately refuses the offer, with Bert agreeing not to take on the case after discovering that the "white goat" was a euphemism for a human sacrifice.
A family was discovered to be torn apart, with a child missing and possibly still alive. Anita theorizes that it would likely be a flesh-eating zombie as there was too much blood left at the scene and that only two people could raise and control a zombie of that power: herself and vaudun priestess Senora Dominga Salvador.
The only other person capable of this feat, Peter Burke, recently died. Anita sets up a meeting with Salvador through her mentor Manny Rodriguez , where she discovers that Salvador is both very evil and very powerful.
Salvador demonstrates her technique for capturing the souls of the dead and installing them in zombies, preventing the zombies from degrading and allowing further punishment of the dead. She invites Anita to become her partner and help create ensouled zombies for profit, to which Anita refuses and is chased out of the house by an unseen creature.
Irving then tries to get Anita to reveal who the current Master of the City is, only for Irving to discover that it is Jean-Claude after he appears in an attempt to persuade Anita to accept her position as his human servant. That evening Anita investigates a cemetery where remains of one of the murdered family members was discovered and through her powers discovers that a grave has been recently disturbed, with another being empty. The tombstone for the empty grave has been smashed, with Anita finding a charm bracelet.
Anita takes some pieces of the tombstone and the bracelet to an associate that is a touch clairvoyant , who reluctantly tells her that the charm bracelet belonged to a woman sacrificed to raise a zombie. Anita is later attacked several times, once by zombies in her apartment and again later by thugs who attempt to kidnap her and her friend Ronnie.
The two manage to foil the kidnapping attempt and discover that the thugs were working for Gaynor. Anita is called to another crime scene so recent that she believes that the zombie might be still hiding in the neighborhood. Through this she discovers that Peter possessed a gris-gris that contained a portion of the power of a powerful vaudun practitioner that would increase the power of any animator who possessed it.
With John, Anita and the police confront Salvador with the gris-gris, which is revealed to be hers. The police discover a video of the events relating to the charm, and with the confession they then arrest Salvador.
Anita then returns to the latest crime scene, where she is attacked by the zombie and lays it to rest. Gaynor informs Anita that he and Salvador are going to force Anita to raise a relative of Gaynors using his ex-lover Wheelchair Wanda, who has also been kidnapped.
Anita refuses, which prompts Salvador to go to another room to begin a spell that would compel Anita to obey her. Salvador orders Anita to "perform human sacrifice", but due to a loophole in the spell Anita only has to perform the command literally and kills the guards holding Wanda. The resulting power from their sacrifice allows Anita to raise and control every corpse in the cemetery and she commands them to kill both Salvador and Gaynor.
Anita then lays the zombies to rest. In the epilogue Anita explains that the "disappearances" of Salvador and Gaynor have never been solved, that she continues to refuse Jean-Claude, and that she is now considering the extent and implications of the power she now realizes she has.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Why are you here book??? Why do you exist?? This book is such a little bitch. I want to punch this book in its smug little curly-haired kisser. It makes me figuratively puke. According to people who have read beyond this book, at some point, Anita starts having sex with random monsters, which. But THEN the simpering self-congratulation about it.
The Laughing Corpse
She met Gary Hamilton, whom she married, there. They have one daughter together, Trinity. Louis County, Missouri ,  with her daughter Trinity, and husband Jonathon Green whom she married in Hamilton is the author of two major book series, spin-off comic books, various anthologies, and other stand-alone titles: Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter is an animator and necromancer who raises the dead for a living. She is also a vampire executioner and in later books a U. Blake lives in a fictional St. Louis where vampires and were-animals exist and recently gained some rights as citizens.