Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter No.1) – Laurell K. Hamilton
Headline, 2009 (Original published 1993)
When your job is raising zombies and you moonlight as a vampire hunter for the police, maintaining an ordinary life can be tricky. Anita Blake’s life reaches a new level of complication after a girls’ night out goes drastically wrong. Press ganged into the search for a murderer even the most powerful vampire in the city can’t track, she’s hurt and scared and running out of time, but she’s not the only one who should be worried. There is a reason vampires call her the Executioner. And she has a brand new shotgun to try out.
The title is a bit ridiculous, but the story is excellent. Anita is a refreshingly matter-of-fact heroine, pragmatic and tough as nails, the supporting cast of characters are all interesting, and any urban fantasy world that has vampires setting up their own church has my full attention. The series continues with The Laughing Corpse. There is also a graphic novel version of this book, published in two volumes in 2007 under the same name.