Melissa L. Tatum is the Associate Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law. Much of her teaching and scholarship focuses on the intersection of minority groups, individual rights, and the criminal justice system. She is also the author of several short stories published by Yard Dog Press.
Trying the System
By Melissa Tatum
This is one essay from the anthology Ardeur
Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series is a literary sensation, thanks to its strong female hero, well-fleshed (both literally and literarily) characters and unabashed attitude toward sex. The world Hamilton has created is powerfully compelling and stunningly complex—and it gets deeper and richer, and more perilous, with every book.
Straddling the series’ dominant themes of sex and power, Ardeur gives Anita fans a deeper look into the dynamics, both personal political, that have kept readers fascinated throughout the run of the series. Why is the ardeur the very best thing that could have happened to Anita, personally (aside from all the sex it requires her to have with hot men)? How is Anita’s alternate United States a logical legal extension of our own? And as the series continues, what other bargains might Anita have to make with herself and others in order to keep the people she loves safe from harm?
About the Author
Paranormal thriller writer Laurell K. Hamilton is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of two series. The first Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel, Guilty Pleasures, was published in 1993. There are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, published in 16 languages. A Kiss of Shadows introduced Merry Gentry, a Fey Princess of the Unseelie Court and Los Angeles Private Investigator.Hamilton currently resides in St. Louis with her husband, daughter and pampered pug.