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Kiss the Dead
Kiss the dead cover
Author Laurell K. Hamilton
Country United States
Language English
Series Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter
Genre(s) Horror, Mystery, Erotic novel
Publisher Berkley Hardcover
Publication date June 5, 2012
Pages 368 p
ISBN 978-0425247549
Preceded by Beauty (eShort)
Followed by Affliction

Kiss the Dead is book number twenty one in the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series of horror/mystery/erotica novels by Laurell K. Hamilton. The book was released in June 5th 2012.

Timeline Edit

The book is set almost a year after the evens of Bullet, and enough after Hit List that Cynric has had time to turn 18. Matthew, who was born after the events of The Killing Dance, is now three.


When a fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Anita Blake to find her. And when she does, she’s faced with something she’s never seen before: a terrifyingly ordinary group of people—kids, grandparents, soccer moms—all recently turned and willing to die to avoid serving a master. And where there’s one martyr, there will be more…

But even vampires have monsters that they’re afraid of. And Anita is one of them…

Plot Edit

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Main CharactersEdit

Recurring CharactersEdit

New Characters Edit

  • Benjamin: a vampire who survived the death of his bloodline, and thinks the whole blood-oath thing is based on lies and meant to give the leaders more power by stealing it from their subjects.
    • Human servant: Mr. Weiskopf
    • Followers, who have taken the cause further than Benjamin ever meant it to go:
      • Barney Wilcox
      • "Blondie"
      • "Grandma"
  • police:
    • Officer Taggart: member of RPIT, although might not be for long if he's having a crisis of faith
    • Lieutenant Ray Billings
    • Urlrich: uniformed officer, partner of Stevens.
    • Stevens: uniformed officer, partner of Urlrich. Gets injured, but is expected to heal.
    • Mulligan: uniformed officer, killed by vampires when checking on a location for a kidnapped girl. (Deceased)
    • unnamed uniformed officer, killed by vampires when checking on a location for a kidnapped girl. (Deceased)
    • Sergeant Greco: leader of a SWAT team
    • Arlen Brice: federal marshal
  • paramedics
  • reporters

Mentioned Edit

Inconsistencies Edit

  • There is some confusion whether the preternatural college league started the previous year already or is still something that is being set up. Chapter 20 leans to the former, chapter 24 to the latter direction. In either case Cynric is being scouted by coaches from some serious colleges. A professional league is still on the way, but there is likewise some confusion whether it's expected to happen in the coming months or is still a bit further away. Either way, it seems likely to happen for football at least.
  • Anita says she's been dating Jean-Claude for about seven years. However, Anita is now 30, and she was 24 in Guilty Pleasures, and even if she is rounding up from six-and-something years, they didn't actually start dating back then yet, unless she's counting from when Jean-Claude started chasing her.
Anita Blake Series
Novels Guilty PleasuresThe Laughing CorpseCircus of the DamnedThe Lunatic CafeBloody BonesThe Killing DanceBurnt OfferingsBlue MoonObsidian ButterflyNarcissus in ChainsCerulean SinsIncubus DreamsMicahDanse MacabreThe HarlequinBlood NoirSkin TradeFlirtBulletHit ListKiss the DeadAfflictionJasonDead IceCrimson DeathSerpentine
Short Stories Magic Like Heat Across My SkinBlood Upon My LipsThe Girl who was Infatuated with DeathThose Who Seek ForgivenessSelling HousesBeautyDancingShutdownA Girl, a Goat, and a ZombieWounded
Comics The First DeathGuilty Pleasures & HandbookThe Laughing CorpseCircus of the Damned