A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Narcissus in Chains’ chapter forty five

Anita rings Dolph as now the plot has started, it might not be frightened away again. There is a paragraph about how Dolph answers the phone. Great. I needed to know that. Dolph is exasperated and says ‘I didn’t expect to hear from you until we’d at least finished the paperwork on the last batch of bodies’.

Ahahahaha ahahahaha ahahahahe, the heroine is an unrepentant mass murderer and that’s supposed to be a good thing.

Zerbrowski says that if you killed someone else just hide the body, he’s not starting over on the paperwork.”

“I know enough about procedure to know that he’d have to start a new report anyway. Separate crime, separate report, right?”


Me and Edgar are judging your clumsy attempts at trying to show research went into this.

Anyway, Anita dazzles Dolph by telling him the whole truth about the missing shapeshifter leaders. Isn’t it wonderful that someone actually cares about the truth for once in this book! Dolph is dubious because Nilisha told him that no monster would attack her husband – hang on, the police have evidence of who did the abducting? Then why can’t the shapeshifters track down the abductors? They have all those enhanced senses and that. Shouldn’t they be able to find them, if there’s a lot of evidence available?


“Dolph, they run a restaurant. If it gets out that they’re shapeshifters, they may lose it.”

Who runs a restaurant? I am not prepared to play the pronoun game here. Be specific! Anita gets her Special Issue head on and is upset because the shapeshifters might face discrimination.

“Why is it that most of these people go in for professions where this is a problem?”

Oh, that’s Dolph. Thanks for that. Real constructive. How about you go tell a bunch of POC that they can’t be in ‘white’ professions?

“I think it’s stubbornness,” Dolph said.

“What do you mean?”

“Tell anyone that they can’t do something, and they’ll want to do it.”

He had a good point. “Makes sense.”

Yes, of course. Damn those stubborn people and their desire to be treated equally in society!

Dolph wants to know what the disappearances have to do with Anita, so she tells him about that incident involving Gregory and the snake men. He thinks the police should have been involved.

“It hasn’t been that long since the police killed wereanimals on sight, Dolph. You can’t really blame them for being leery of you guys.”

Um, they still do. Anita has told us how the police will kill all the shapeshifters on sight like, every chapter.

“Why didn’t you tell me all this when you were in for questioning?”

“You were mad at me,” I said, as if that explained it. And it sort of did, though it made me sound childish.

People are dying, Anita.

Dolph thinks that Anita is lying and she’s hurt because she’s always a flying princess of truth. He’s annoyed that he’s going to have to interview people again because they lied. Damn those liars. Why won’t they tell the truth to me, a victim-blaming bigot? Honestly, that hurts!

If his hatred of the monsters took away his objectivity, then he was going to be useless as the head of the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team.

I swear, Anita needs to put ‘pointing out the bloody obvious’ on her CV. It’s her greatest skill. Anita is worried that RPIT is prejudiced, because she’s a shining beacon of tolerance and understanding, rather like Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS.

Maybe I could throw a dart and make what it stuck in the problem of the day. Or maybe I could just ignore the list. Yeah, ignoring sounded good.

There are people dying.

Fucking do something!


7 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Narcissus in Chains’ chapter forty five

  1. “Why is it that most of these people go in for professions where this is a problem?” WOW

    “Tell anyone that they can’t do something, and they’ll want to do it.” yeah it can’t be like it’s something they actually want to do, their entire career is just based on being pissy at being told no oh wait that sounds more like something Anita would do

  2. “Why didn’t you tell me this when you were in for questioning?”
    “You were mad at me.”
    Anita, I’m pretty sure that deliberately withholding evidence is something the police take seriously. But then again, this is Dolph we’re talking about. I doubt the guy could find his own arse with both hands and a map.

    • I hate it because Dolph has never been portrayed as unreasonable. Stupid, yes, perhaps a little disgusted, but never unprofessional or bigoted. He’s only bigoted to make Anita look totes amazeballs in comparison, because only she is allowed to have good thoughts towards the supernatural communities.

  3. Honestly, I think by this point EVERYTHING they do is a “problem.” They can’t teach kids, they can’t be in the medical profession, they can’t cook or serve food….I doubt they’d be able to be garbage pickers the way Anita rattles on.

    • None of which makes any sense. If shapeshifters have always been around, then prejudice should be less overt, less obviously identifiable. Like sexism, for instance.

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