Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter for Animators, Inc., is offered a cool mil to raise a 283-year-old corpse. But she knows that "the older the zombie, the bigger the death needed to raise it." Only a human sacrifice is "big" enough to raise this old soul--and Anita's no murderer.
The second installment to the Anita Blake series, The Laughing Corpse, is a riveting tale of a female Animator and Vampire executioner Anita Blake. In this book, she is being offered a job by a wealthy millionaire to raise a 300 year old zombie but raising this type of zombie need a human sacrifice which Anita doesn't do however big the reward may be.
In the middle of that, Dolph called Anita to help with an investigation of a murdered family. Gruesome crime screen but hope of a survivor arises. Anita investigates and comes up with two people who are powerful enough to do something like this. One is the recent deceased, Peter Burke, and Dominga Salvador who is a vaundun priestess. Manny arranged a meeting for Anita to interview Dominga who eventually told Anita was the old lover of her former mentor Manny. During the interview Dominga proposed that Anita be her partner in trapping zombie souls into the body without decomposing making it easier for torture but knowing Anita, she refused resulting with zombie attacking her in her own apartment which pisses her off!
Further investigation Anita and John found a gris-gris that they suspected belonged to Dominga so together with the police they went to the priestess house and confronted her. With a confession of a grandson, Dominga is arrested for the zombie that did the murders.
On another note, when Anita got home she was then kidnapped by Gaynors bodyguards together with his girlfriend wheelchair Wanda. Gaynor together with Dominga dictated Anita to do the ritual but still Anita refuses so Dominga did a spell that can control Anita. When Anita told Dominga the information that Gaynor didn't inform her - the dead ancestor is a fellow animator - Dominga was mad but still continued with the plan. With a command to do a human sacrifice, Anita killed Gaynor's bodyguard instead of Wheelchair Wanda. With Anita's power including two human sacrifice, Anita was able to control every dead within her range including Jean Claude who remained the distance until every thing stopped.
Anita still continued to refused Jean Claude and the story still continues to book 3 - Circus of The Damned
All in all I though this book was a great improvement with the first book. The Anita Blake series are a great read to every vampire, zombie, supernatural, creepy gruesome reader out there. Hamilton writes in a very detailed many, giving up vivid pictures that help our imagination to think of the actual story and how it goes. It can be a slow read but every turn of the page is worth it, especially when you enjoy these kind of novels. A must to every book series collector and a guaranteed re-read every time.