Anita Blake lives in St. Louis,
Missouri,in a world where magic, vampires, werewolves,and the like are,and have always been,"out of the closet" and,in some cases,even legal. Anita is an "animator,"with the ability to raise or inter zombies. She uses this ability in employ at "Animators, Incorporated,"where she raises the dead for various purposes including murder investigations, will explanations, and other legal services. Anita also works as a "vampire executioner," killing vampires (bycourt order)and advising the police on supernatural crimes.
This first book takes place in July when Anita is 24.
In Guilty Pleasures, Anita is blackmailed by Nikolaos, the vampire master of the
city,into investigating a series of vampire murders. During the course of this investigation, Anita begins her relationship with Jean-Claude, another master vampire,and receives two of the four marks necessary to make her Jean-Claude's "human servant." Ultimately, Anita identifies the murderer,but by that point has sufficiently antagonized Nikolaos and her underlings that she is forced to confront them. With help from Jean-Claude and Edward, a human associate who specializes in assassinating supernatural targets, Anita kills Nikolaos and many of her followers, making Jean-Claude master of the city.
Now, for long-time Anita Blake junkies and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its trade paperback debut.
Readers will learn how Anita Blake started raising the dead-and killing the undead. And how she met Jean Claude, the master vampire destined to become not only her biggest nemesis, but her greatest lover...