A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Incubus Dreams’ chapter four


There was a matching set of bite marks on the other side of her neck. They were so close to the same size as the ones on the lefthand side, that I wondered if the same vamp had bitten twice. I didn’t have my ruler with me. Hell, I didn’t have most of my equipment with me. I’d been planning on a wedding tonight, not a crime scene.

Okay, here’s a list of everything people need to be investigating crime scenes.

Anita, YOU NEED THIS SHIT TO BE ALLOWED INTO THE CRIME SCENE. You should have multiple crime scene kits. Have one in your home, have one in your Jeep. You never know when you’ll be called out! Last time I checked, murderers don’t give a shit if you’re doing something nice.

The other techs have to give Anita equipment so she can do her job – boy, they must love that – and she deduces that Charlene was killed by seven vampires.

There was no obvious evidence of sexual assault, according to a CSU technician. Glad to hear it. I did not bother explaining that the bite alone can be orgasmic both for the vic and the killer. Not always, but often, especially if the vampire is good at fogging the mind. A vampire with enough juice can make someone enjoy being killed. Scary, but true.

Being mindraped into enjoying being killed and finding it a sexual experience? GUESS WHAT BUMFACE THAT’S A SEXUAL ASSAULT.

Arousal and orgasm =/ consent. Especially when someone is using MIND MAGIC to make it happen.

Anita bases the mind control theory on that no one hear Charlene die – although she died outside a packed strip club, full of people and music and noise.

I sighed. “There’s no sign of a struggle. They’ll look at her nails, but there won’t be any sign of a fight. The vic didn’t even know what was happening, or at least until it was way too late.”

AND YET, DESPITE THE MIND RAPE, ANITA WILL NOT CALL THIS A SEXUAL ASSAULT.

Anita, why do you hate women? She then thinks that maybe Charlene just gave up because she’s naturally docile.

I give up. Even when vampires sexually assault and murder someone, it’s not their fault. It’s Charlene’s fault. She should have fought back against the super strong and super powerful mind controlling vampires.

Dolph and Anita back and forth over whether Charlene would have been found because her body was sort of covered but wasn’t and they would have known she was missing in the club but she’s only been dead less than two hours… I don’t care and I doubt any of it will matter anyway. Dolph calls the murderers serial killers and Anita gets in a snit. You see, police officers don’t like to use it, the media will jump on it, and there’s no other murders to dignify calling it the work of serial killers.

Apart from the fact that she was killed by vampires. And vampires kill a lot of people. So… yeah, I would call it the work of serial killers.

Anita thinks the body was posed by someone who knew what they were doing. Oh, like vampires who have been killing without impunity for their entire lives? Whoda thought? She talks about ‘normal people’ and Dolph doesn’t like this because in the world, there are only victims and predators.

How little is this whole murder plot going to matter to the rest of the book?

 

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3 thoughts on “A review of Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Incubus Dreams’ chapter four

  1. “I didn’t have my ruler with me. Hell, I didn’t have most of my equipment with me. I’d been planning on a wedding tonight, not a crime scene.”

    It’s stuff like this that makes me wonder if LKH actually talks to any real cops, because she’s *consistently* gets stuff like this wrong.

    “Even when vampires sexually assault and murder someone, it’s not their fault. It’s Charlene’s fault. She should have fought back against the super strong and super powerful mind controlling vampires.”

    Hasn’t Anita been pulling this shit since the first book? And it’s especially weird, because the reason Anita can resist vampire mind control isn’t because she’s especially strong-willed, but because she has magical powers – which she was born with. It’s like blaming someone in a wheelchair for not being able to run away.

    • I don’t think Anita has ever been prepared for any one of the crime scenes she’s ever been to. Does LKH think this is an endearing character trait? Anita is supposed to be a cool, calm, and collected professional – not a brainless intern.

      She did blame someone in a wheelchair for not getting away – Wheelchair Wanda, way back in The Laughing Corpse.

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