Anita is home again, home again, curled up with Sigmund the toy penguin, reading the file Marcus gave her. Anita Blake has only rage and penguins. That is all. There’s nothing else to her character.
The folder consisted of a half dozen sheets of paper. All neatly typed, double spaced. The first was a list of eight names with an animal designation beside them. The last two pages were an explanation of the names. Eight lycanthropes had gone missing. Vanished. No bodies, no signs of violence. Nothing. Their families knew noting. None of the lycanthropes knew anything.
I went back over the names. Margaret Smitz was number seven. Designation wolf. Could it be George Smitz’s wife?
The last few pages were suggestions about who Marcus thought I should talk to. Controlling little bastard.
He’s given you a folder of neatly organised and categorised information to make it easier for you, an apparent investigator, to find these people. What a shit head. I mean, honestly, what an awful thing to do.
They needed to go to the police. But they didn’t trust human law. As late as the 1960s, lycanthropes were still being mobbed and burned at the stake. Couldn’t blame them for being leery.
- Being burnt at the stake is punishment for heresy, murder, treason and coin forgery.
- I refuse to believe that into the 1960s, within the United States (as Anita only gives a shit about the US, but just to be thorough I refuse to believe people were being burnt at the stake for being a werewolf anywhere into the 1960s), people were tying werewolves to pyres and having a good old fashioned immolation.
- There was a minority group being mobbed and killed in the US in the 1960s. The link is not welcome and quite insulting.
- Fuck you.
Anita phones Edward and asks what the hell is he doing in town. I’m always the first to note that he’s a creepy, creepy stalker, but what business is it of yours Anita? His grandfather might be dying in hospital or something. Sorry, but does everyone in St Louis have to have their presence approved of personally by Anita Blake?
Edward counters her questions with more questions. They arrange to meet up and exchange frustrating questions with each other. Edward, you see, is hunting shapeshifters. What an amazing and unlikely coincidence. Either he’s involved and it’s a trap or Hamilton is being lazy. I’m not sure which is the better option. If it’s all a trap, then Anita might get hurt but she’s not going to die. The amount of books says that she’s safe for a while yet.
Anyway, I’d like to congratulate the plot for finally making an appearance. Well done. You’re going to get ignored or violently abused.