Anita Blake, vampire hunter, has dealt with – and destroyed – a lot of monsters, but her old mentor, Edward, may be worse than any of them. Edward's got problems: a malevolent force is mutilating the citizens of Albuquerque. If he is to stop it he'll need all of Anita's firepower and cunning.Author's NoteFor those of you who have never read an Anita Blake novel before, let me tell you a bit about her world.It's just like the world we all live in – except that the creatures of the night – vampires, werewolves, zombies and such – are not the stuff of fiction. They are here-and-now. We co-exist with them – not always happily, not always peacefully.And sometimes we get to know them all too well ...The only person capable of killing as well as Anita happens to be Edward, better known as Death.He has saved her life on several occasions and she owes him for killing one of his cohorts. Edward calls in his marker, asking for her help with a preternatural creature like none he has ever encountered before. Anita comes to Santa Fe to meet an Edward totally different then Death. Edward is engaged to a woman with children and he seems to cherish all of them. As she works with Edward to defeat this seemingly invincible creature, Anita now knows she cannot hide from her own nature.