If book three, Circus of the Damned, is where the shifter community started getting a foothold into the Anitaverse, this book is where their prominence is solidified. Between Richard and the drama from some of the other shifters in the local community, Anita wouldn’t be able to escape dealing with them forever, which just helps add a layer of diversity to an already great series.
And while you deal with POS humans in the first few novels, I think this is the first one where plain Jane ol’ humans are officially shown as legit bad guys that you truly hope get taken down. It’s a great “the monsters aren’t always the bad guys” type of thing.
There are a lot of things that, while not cliff hangers, definitely are left open enough to ensure plenty of future trouble for Anita and her friends in future books. Laurell is great about doing this in her work; it makes you need to know where things will go in the next books, while not shoving annoying and pointless cliffhangers down your throat. Two different approaches to reach the same result. I prefer her method, that’s for sure.
Overall, great book, and I do recommend this novel, as well as the previous three, for anybody who enjoys paranormal and thriller type books. Always a great read.