“I want you to raise my wife from the dead, Ms. Blake,” Tony Bennington said, in a voice that matched the expensive suit and the flash of the Rolex on his right wrist. It probably meant he was a lefty. Not that his handedness mattered, but you learn to notice primary hands when people try to kill you on a semiregular basis.
“My condolences,” I said automatically, because Bennington didn’t display any grief. His face was composed, almost blank, so that if he was handsome in that gray-haired, I’m-over-fifty-but keep-in-good-shape way, the lack of expression took all the fun out of it. Maybe the blankness was his way of showing grief, but his gray eyes were steady and cold as they met mine. It was either some steely control of grief, or he didn’t feel anything about his wife’s death; that would be interesting. “Why do you want me to raise your wife from the dead, Mr. Bennington?”
“At the rates you charge, does it matter?” he asked.
I gave him the long blink and crossed my legs, smoothing the skirt over my thighs as automatically as I’d said my condolences. I gave him the edge of a smile that I knew didn’t reach my eyes. “It does, to me.”
An emotion filled his eyes then; anger. His voice held barely a hint of the emotion that turned his eyes a darker shade of gray. Maybe it was steely self-control after all. “It’s personal, and you don’t need to know it to raise her as a zombie.”
“This is my job, Mr. Bennington, not yours. You don’t know what I need to raise a zombie.”
“I did my research, Ms. Blake. My wife wasn’t murdered, so she won’t rise as a vengeful flesh-eating monster. She wasn’t psychic, or a witch, and had never gone near any other religion that might make her more than a normal zombie. There’s nothing in her background that makes her a bad candidate for the ceremony.”
I raised an eyebrow. “I’m impressed; you did do your research.”
He nodded, once, manicured hands smoothing his tailored lapel. “Then you’ll do it?”
I shook my head. “Not without a reason.”
He frowned at me, that flash of anger back in his eyes. “What kind of reason do you want?”
“One good enough to make me disturb the dead.”
“I’m willing to pay your rather exorbitant fee, Ms. Blake; I would think that would inspire you.”
“Money isn’t everything, Mr. Bennington. Why do you want her raised from the dead? What do you hope to gain from it?”
“Gain,” he said, “I don’t know what you mean by that.”
“I don’t, either, but you keep not answering my original question; I thought maybe if I rephrased it you would.”
“I don’t want to answer either question,” he said.
“Then I won’t raise your wife. There are other animators at Animators Inc. who will be happy to take your money, and they don’t charge my rates.”
Copyright ¨ 2010 by Laurell K. Hamilton
Anita Blake, licensed monster killer and necromancer, knows her limits: There are some things she just can’t—or won’t—do. Yes, she can raise the dead. But no, she cannot resurrect them, and there’s a difference. Try telling that to some of her rich clients, like Tony Bennington, who wants Anita to raise his wife from the dead at any cost. Even if that cost is the death of every werewolf Anita loves most.
As a surprise novel in her bestselling series, Flirt crashed into Laurell K. Hamilton’s writing schedule as an idea from everyday life—a little flirting incident she used to explore how she gets her ideas and turns them into books. That's included as bonus material, along with quirky cartoons by Jennie Breedon (The Devil’s Panties).
Hardcover Book : 192 pages
Publisher: Ace Books Inc./Imp Of Putnam Berkle ( February 02, 2010 )
Item #: 12-952942
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25 inches
Product Weight: 10.0 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
love this series
I loved this book! I'm one of the few guys who proclaim to be a fan of Hamilton's works, and I'm glad this book was a little lacking in the sex area this time around (if you've read any of the others you know what I'm talking about) Unlike a lot of people who are complaining about the length of the book I liked it. I for one would love to see more shorts like this that can give you a view in her life between the "Big Bads' coming into town.
I loved this book. The people who think it should be longer didn't read the "afterword". The reason for this book is so she could clear her mind to focus on a book that was due. Flirt and Micah both are extra books. Yes they are shorter than some others. But if you buy a book as soon as it comes out then maybe you should wait for a sale or a club special so you won't feel so bad about what you paid. I bought both Flirt & Bullet in hardback for less than $20. If you bought either in softcover they would start no lower than 6.99 and the hardback will last so much longer.
Bought it and read it liked it. Almost scared away with the reviews, it was short have to agree with everyone on that but it had more story then sex and now and then its a relief that she is doing something else like her job. Plus it was sort of a lead in to Bullet. Read that one first and wondered about Nicky. Where, when, what..Now I know.
Ordered this book cause liked all her others, now am sorry I did after reading the reviews. Next time will take the time to read the reviews before buying money is to tight to just throw away on a terrible read. But will read the book anyway just to see if it is really that bad, she has been doing a lot of sex with every body could use more story.