Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Anita Blake series have been auto reads for me for years. There was a point when the books were getting to be too many sex scenes to the point that there was not much story to the story, but she seems to have tapered that off a bit in the last few books which makes them so much better. I had stopped buying them when she started going all sex and no story so I have been getting them from the library since then. The last two or three I am tempted to buy because they were more story than sex. This installment kept me interested and I finished in about 24 hours. The case was interesting and her interaction with the locals is always colorful :) It has a lot of twists and turns that Anita and company have to ponder over. Edward has a big role in this one and did not creep me out as much as in some of the other books, maybe Donna is mellowing him a bit (if a sociopath can be mellowed). In this book she interacts and grows in her relationship a lot with Nicky. Jean-Claude only makes a brief but significant appearance.
I was glad that I read this book in the series, it moved the overarching storyline along as well as had a great case to solve.