Is it murder when you kill someone who's already dead?
Anita Blake doesn't think so. Anita lives in an alternate reality where vampires have come out of the closet - er, coffin, so to speak - and are living large in mainstream society. The trouble is that someone is killing them. Anita finds herself on the other side of the stake when she is coerced into assisting Nikolaos, the master vampire of the city, track down whoever is murdering her minions.