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This angry and kick-ass heroine's internal demons are almost worse than the external ones she fights...This is the ultimate in urban fantasy! Romantic Times on THE DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND

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Lilith Saintcrow was born in New Mexico, bounced around the world as an Air Force brat, and fell in love with writing when she was ten years old. She currently lives in Vancouver, WA.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; Original edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316035459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316035453
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,389,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lilith Saintcrow lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her two children and assorted other strays. She has been writing since she was nine years old. Find her on the web at www.lilithsaintcrow.com.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lichter VINE VOICE on December 5, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Run by evil hellbreed and their human Trader partners, the Cirque de Charnu (Circus of Flesh) uses flashy trappings and promises of pleasure to lure suicidal humans to their deaths ... or worse. Under an ancient agreement between the Cirque and the hunters -- humans who protect their fellows from supernatural evil -- there will be no interference with the Cirque as long as it only consumes those who come to it voluntarily. The Cirque guarantees its good behavior with a hostage whose life will be forfeit if the Cirque steps out of line.

The Cirque has returned to Santa Luz after an absence of nearly a century, and though hunter Jill Kismet is none too happy to receive it, she knows the rules. Sanctuary minder Galina remembers that something bad happened the last time the Cirque was in town, but she can't recall what it was or who was involved. When someone or something attacks the hostage, threatening to throw the Cirque into dangerous chaos, Jill is reluctantly forced to defend the Cirque and track down the attacker. At the same time, a rash of non-demonic possessions, zombie attacks, and gruesome murders alerts Jill that one or more practitioners of "voodoo" are running amok in her town. Could there be a connection between the events of the past, the voodoo of the present, and the attacks on the Cirque?

FLESH CIRCUS follows the same formula as the previous books in this series, mixing supernatural creatures, violent action, noirish private-eye cliches, gross-out humor, romantic tension, repetition (she describes her werecougar boyfriend Saul as Native American beefcake at least three times), and a bunch of seemingly unrelated narrative threads that get tied up in a neat little bow at the end. This novel improves on REDEMPTION ALLEY by being more coherent and more inventive.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Nish on December 12, 2009
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I LOVE Saintcrow's books, and can't wait for the next one-but I couldn't wrap my brain around this book, because I kept flashing back to Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes .
While Lili has Jill Kismet, kick-behind Hunter and a lot more fire power in the middle of the desert, vs Bradbury's midwest 13 year old boys-they have a lot in common. Mr. Dark's Carnival also traps people by granting their deepest darkest wish and they both finish in a thunder storm.

I also kept skimming through the scenes waiting for something to happen. There was a lot of description that got said over and over and over.

If you are a fan of flat out awesome heroines, I'd definitely recommend this book, in sequence. But I just don't feel it is the best of the series so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ileana on January 25, 2014
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and I was bored the whole way through. Out of the previous three books, this one fell flat for me. So you have voodoo practitioners ending up dead, zombies everywhere, people possessed that shouldn't be, a Cirque hostage dead, in addition to a performer, plus a missing Voodoo Queen by the name of Mama Zamba missing. Everything screams Zamba is involved, but the why is prevalent. However, my issues revolve around this why. So you come to see that all these things involve revenge sought, but by the end you truly don't understand the history that has brought on this revenge. You get snippets of conversation, that fall flat in terms of getting a full understanding of this vengeance being sought out. I feel all the zombies and so on were distractions/fillers that didn't add much to ths story.

And what was the deal with Saul? He drove me insane with his sulky childlike behavior. Perry took a backseat, and didn't bother Jill too much even though he was present several times throughout the story. Oh and the Ringmaster, had to be the most annoying "bad" guy ever.

The only highly of this story was Gilberto(gang memeber from previous book) wanting to become a hunter just like Kiss and trying to tag along and fall under the "apprentice" category. I'm actually interested to see how this teacher student things plays out in the next book.

Another highlight: The arf arf puns were almost non-existent in this book. Those puns are really just annoying and stupid and I'm glad there were only a few of those this time around.

Overall, it was not the bElizabeth st in the series. Hopefully, it pulls me in more next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hopept on December 3, 2009
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Flesh Circus continues the saga of Jill Kismet hunter of Santa Luz. Saul is back from the rez' after his mother's death and Jill must contend with her own feelings of inferiority over her relationship with Saul and Saul's conflicted feelings of being wanted/needed in Jill's busy life. On top of the upheaval in her personal life, Jill must contend with the presence of the Cirque de Charnu. The circus has come to town and Jill must allow them into the city due to a long held pack between hellbreed and hunters. Soon problems arise when some the the circus members start turning up dead. The ring leader believes Jill has something to do with the killngs and vows revenge. She must find out who or what is behind the murders at the circus along with who is creating zombies around town. Jill must also deal with Percy again and keep one step ahead of his plans for bringing her back into his grasp.

I really liked the story here. It is nice to see characters that don't always have a "happily ever after". It makes them more realistic if they have flaws and doubts. The relationship between Saul and Jill is one of the best parts of this series. Jill is a great protagonist. She is strong, smart and bold in her dealing with the hellbreed and other worldly entities that she fights, but she is also a flawed, complex character that readers can relate to on more than a cookie cutter super hero way. Saintcrow is a great story teller and I recommend all of her books including the Dante Valentine series, the Watchers series and the Demon's Librarian.
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