A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘The Laughing Corpse’ chapter thirty four

Anita gets driven home in a squad car. She’s on some pain drug cocktail and feels great. Someone asks whether ‘Miss’ Blake is going to be ‘alright’ (which should not be used in edited works) and she immediately corrects them to ‘Ms’. Whatever. I’m sure Anita’s allowed to call people ‘miss’ all the time. She gets up to the apartment and is jumped immediately by Gaynor’s thugs.

You know, if she’s that spaced out on drugs, why didn’t the police officers take her up to the apartment and make sure she was okay? Or phone up one of her friends so that they could watch over her and make sure she’s okay? Whatever. They don’t even hear the struggle or her scream out because no one on the police force in St. Louis is at all competent. She gets jabbed in the neck with a syringe and spends a page talking about falling rapidly into unconsciousness. She doesn’t describe it realistically.



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