Last time we saw Anita, she was returning home from a night out at an orgy. At the beginning of this chapter, she is preparing to go to church. Yes. Get in from your orgy and then go to church. How very Roman of you Anita.
When the world is full of vampires and bad guys, and a blessed cross may be all that stands between you and death, it puts church in a different light. So to speak.
But you said earlier that you can only use religious icons if you have a real, genuine religious faith. It sounds to me that you do not have faith, Anita, and go to church as to secure your own skin. That’s a fairly cynical attitude, and one that will not aid you in your use of a crucifix.
Also THE PLOT CALLS.
The phone rang. I sat on the edge of the bed, waiting for the answering machine to pick it up. It did. “Anita, this is Sergeant Storr. We got another vampire murder.”
Yeah, remember those murders that this book is supposed to be about solving? There’s been another one! Maybe now we can actually get around to progression of the plot. I mean, it’s not like there are only sixteen chapters left and it’s all been slowly dragging padding.
The body lay near a lamp pole. Legs were spreadeagled. One arm twisted under the body, probably broken. The center of the back was missing, as if someone had shoved a hand through the body and just scooped out the center. The heart would be gone, just like all the others.
Anita struggles with viewing the body, as it’s fairly grisly and unpleasant. The head was hacked off and thrown some way down the street. It’s the body of a vampire she knew – the annoying Theresa.
It’s nice that something is finally happening.