The Lunatic Cafe: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. HamiltonThe Lunatic Cafe: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Lunatic Cafe: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel

byLaurell K. Hamilton

Mass Market Paperback | September 24, 2002

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Anita has fallen for the leader of a local pack of werewolves. She?s survived a lot, but this love thing may kill her yet.
Laurell K. Hamilton is a full-time writer and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry series. She lives in a suburb of St. Louis with her family.
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Title:The Lunatic Cafe: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:September 24, 2002Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:051513452X

ISBN - 13:9780515134520

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another fave This is probably were the books start to really twist on the sexual nature front with the introduction of Raina, one of the earlier villains. A horrible yet strangely intriguing monster, it would have been interesting to see how she got that way but sadly we don't get that. Still, a fun book for werewolf lovers.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Loved the early works i wish this series had ended on a positive note though
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed It So twisted yet so hard to resist.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great One This book is twisted and brilliant.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it!!! The more times I read it, the more times I love it. Enough said!
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The lunatjc cafe A true anita blake book. Very good
Date published: 2013-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! I just love how she tells Anita & each character's stories...
Date published: 2013-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So-so It was good the action parts. I just would like her with jean-clead
Date published: 2013-05-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ménage à Trois Anyone? The 4th book in the Anita Blake series finds Anita freed of Jean-Claude’s Master Vampire marks but curiously she is still able to look in him in the eyes, which would seem to imply that her own intrinsic powers as a necromancer are growing stronger. Anita is drawn into a power struggle in the ranks of the lycanthrope community between alpha Marcus & the next in line Richard, her would be fiancé. Added to the plotline is that 8 weres have disappeared lately & some of the bodies have turned up without their skins. Enter Edward with another twist, a film that shows a were / human ménage à trois that the human participant does not survive. A great deal of tension in this book arises from Anita’s love triangle with Richard & Jean-Claude, add to that Gretchen as Jean-Claude’s wannabe girlfriend that takes advantage of any opportunity to beat Anita silly such that she might replace Anita in Jean-Claude’s heart. Anita continues to discount Jean-Claude for his lack of humanity but is Richard really markedly better as an alpha werewolf? This is another series that gets better for me with every book I read & I cannot wait to read on to find out what happens as Anita dates both Richard & Jean-Claude.
Date published: 2010-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! The Lunatic Cafe continues with the breakneck pace set by Hamilton in the first three books and if anything, it feels, to me, to be where Hamilton really hits her stride writing about Anita Blake. The story starts with Anita meeting a client whose werewolf wife is missing, but he won't go to the police because she'll lose her job if anyone finds out she's a lycanthrope. After doing what she can for the client, Anita goes off on a date with local werewolf Richard Zeeman, who we met in the last book. A run-in with Jean-Claude after the show, puts a damper on things, but not as much as what happens when she's then called away to visit a murder scene in a neighboring county. The local police were calling it a bear kill, but Anita thinks it's a rogue shapeshifter. As if that wasn't enough, Anita's night isn't over yet. Her reporter friend Irving is waiting at home to take her to a meeting demanded by the werewolf pack leader, Marcus, at a place called The Lunatic Cafe. Hold on to your seats, Anita is about to be immersed in the dog-eat-dog (literally) world of the lycanthropes. And what a world it is! I loved how this time out, the storylines mesh, but don't all meld. In Circus of the Damned, all the storylines ended up leading to the same point, which was a tad convenient. The different subplots in this book don't all lead to the same finale, but they each come to a satisfying conclusion nonetheless. This book also begins to set up the dynamic between Jean-Claude, Anita, and Richard, something that will be important in future storylines. Anita's character continues to grow and develop and I love how we get to see her struggle to choose what she wants her life to be: to continue with her current lifestyle, "covered in blood and corpses", or to try for a more normal life. This is definitely one of my favorite books in the series so far. 2010-086
Date published: 2010-04-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More werewolves in this book The Lunatic Café is the 4th book in the Anita Blake series. Anita no longer bears Jean-Claude’s marks but finds she still able to look into the vamp’s eyes. She is still continuing to date Richard, the high school teacher and werewolf. Anita’s trying to come to terms with the “monster” he is. Anita meets Gretchen a jealous female rival who wants to kill Anita because she thinks that Anita is what stands in her way from Jean-Claude. Although Jean-Claude told Gretchen to leave Anita alone, her jealousy over him overpowers her and she wants Anita dead. Jean-Claude is still attempting to seduce Anita. Meanwhile, there are shapeshifters missing and Anita is asked by the police and the werewolf “Alpha” to try to track them down. Edward is back and needs Anita’s help, he shows her a pornographic “snuff” film involving a human, a werewolf and a werepanther. Anita needs to find out who killed this girl and who is making these films. Laurell Hamilton as always is able to blend all these stories together by the end without leaving me confused but entertained.
Date published: 2009-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It keeps getting better This sequel in the Anita Blake series is mostly focused on the lycans, unlike her previous novels. In this book, Anita faces her feelings for both her Werewolf boyfriend Richard and her almost stalker can't-get-away-from master vampire Jean-Claude. Her novel expanded into the Lycan world, its wildness, its distinctiveness, its ruthlessness and most importantly, its danger. Just when you thought nothing could be more vicious or dangerous than vampires, here comes the Werewolves. Anita's latest case is about missing shapeshifters until her friend Edward comes to her with a Snuff film involving shifters. It is up to her to figure out what is going on before more die, more disappear. I really enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading the next novel.
Date published: 2009-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wowness! This was the first Laurell K. Hamilton book I read and I really enjoyed it. It prompted me to start the series from the beginning and do some major catching up!
Date published: 2008-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The best of the series so far I like this story alot better than the rest in the series. I love the triangle between Anita, Richard and Jean Claude. I like how the reader can slowly see Anita crack and start to fall for the "Master of the City". Very hot.
Date published: 2008-02-10

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1It was two weeks before Christmas. A slow time of year forraising the dead. My last client of the night sat across fromme. There had been no notation by his name. No note sayingzombie raising or vampire slaying. Nothing. Which probablymeant whatever he wanted me to do was something Iwouldn’t, or couldn’t, do. Pre-Christmas was a dead time ofyear, no pun intended. My boss, Bert, took any job thatwould have us.George Smitz was a tall man, well over six feet. He wasbroad shouldered, and muscular. Not the muscles you getfrom lifting weights and running around indoor tracks. Themuscles you get from hard physical labor. I would have betmoney that Mr. Smitz was a construction worker, farmer, orsomething similar. He was shaped large and square withgrime embedded under his fingernails that soap would nottouch.He sat in front of me, crushing his toboggan hat, kneadingit in his big hands. The coffee that he’d accepted sat coolingon the edge of my desk. He hadn’t taken so much as a sip.I was drinking my coffee out of the Christmas mug thatBert, my boss, had insisted everyone bring in. A personalizedholiday mug to add a personal touch to the office. My mughad a reindeer in a bathrobe and slippers with Christmaslights laced in its antlers, toasting the merry season withchampagne and saying, ‘‘Bingle Jells.’’Bert didn’t really like my mug, but he let it go, probablyafraid of what else I might bring in. He’d been very pleasedwith my outfit for the evening. A high-collared blouse soperfectly red I’d had to wear makeup to keep from lookingpale. The skirt and matching jacket were a deep forest green.I hadn’t dressed for Bert. I had dressed for my date.The silver outline of an angel gleamed in my lapel. Ilooked very Christmasy. The Browning Hi-Power 9mmdidn’t look Christmasy at all, but since it was hidden underthe jacket, that didn’t seem to matter. It might have botheredMr. Smitz, but he looked worried enough to not care. Aslong as I didn’t shoot him personally.‘‘Now, Mr. Smitz, how may I help you today?’’ I asked.He was staring at his hands and only his eyes rose to lookat me. It was a little-boy gesture, an uncertain gesture. It satoddly on the big man’s face. ‘‘I need help, and I don’t knowwho else to go to.’’‘‘Exactly what kind of help do you need, Mr. Smitz?’’‘‘It’s my wife.’’I waited for him to continue, but he stared at his hands.His hat was wadded into a tight ball.‘‘You want your wife raised from the dead?’’ I asked.He looked up at that, eyes wide with alarm. ‘‘She’s notdead. I know that.’’‘‘Then what can I possibly do for you, Mr. Smitz? I raisethe dead, and am a legal vampire executioner. What in thatjob description could help your wife?’’‘‘Mr. Vaughn said you knew all about lycanthropy.’’ Hesaid that as if it explained everything. It didn’t.‘‘My boss makes a lot of claims, Mr. Smitz. But whatdoes lycanthropy have to do with your wife?’’ This was thesecond time I’d asked about his wife. I seemed to be speakingEnglish, but perhaps my questions were really Swahiliand I just didn’t realize it. Or maybe whatever had happenedwas too awful for words. That happened a lot in my business.He leaned forward, eyes intense on my face. I leaned forward,too, I couldn’t help myself. ‘‘Peggy, that’s my wife,she’s a lycanthrope.’’