The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton

the laughing corpse 2The Laughing Corpse by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #2
Published by Berkley on Sept. 24th, 2002.
Genres: Horror, Urban Fantasy
Format: eBook
Pages: 293
Source: Purchased
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More books by this author: Guilty Pleasures

In The Laughing Corpse, a creature from beyond the grave is tearing a swath of murder through St. Louis. And Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead…


THE LAUGHING CORPSE by Laurell K. Hamilton is the second novel in the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series. It takes place a month after the events in GUILTY PLEASURES and is a delightful blend of supernatural horror with hard-boiled detective fiction.

In THE LAUGHING CORPSE, Anita Blake is offered a cool million to raise an almost 300-year-old zombie. Knowing she can’t raise a zombie that old without a human sacrifice, she’s quick to refuse the wealthy yet creepy gentlemen and she soon discovers he won’t take no for an answer.

While fending off Gaynor and his merry crew of thugs, Anita is called in to help Dolph and Zerbrowski—lead detectives of the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team (RPIT) and some of Blake’s closest police pals—solve a potentially zombie related crime. The investigation soon leads Anita to a powerful evil voodoo priestess that shares a surprising history with Anita’s old mentor and a fascination with Blake and her necromancy.

Our badass vampire executioner has a lot on her plate in THE LAUGHING CORPSE. She’s badgered by a stubborn millionaire, caught the attention of the evil Dominga Salvador, and must quickly stop the preternatural monster responsible for the violent deaths ripping throught the St. Louis community. All the while, Anita still cannot come to grips with her new position as human servant to Jean-Claude, the new Vampire Master of the City, or her attraction to the seductive yet suspicious vampire.

THE LAUGHING CORPSE is a spooky, blood-soaked mystery. It is by no means my favorite Anita Blake book, but it makes a fun, spine-chilling addition to the series and gives us the first suspenseful adventure where Anita’s vampire executioner duties and her necromancy powers collide.

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About the Author

laurell k. hamiltonLaurell K. Hamilton is one of the leading writers of paranormal fiction. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Hamilton writes the popular Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter novels and the Meredith Gentry series. She is also the creator of a bestselling comic book series based on her Anita Blake novels and published by Marvel Comics. Hamilton is a full-time writer and lives in the suburbs of St. Louis with her family.

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