Circus of the Damned (Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter #3) by Laurell K. Hamilton
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley Hardcover (April 2004)
Circus of the Damned continues the adventures of Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter. Anita works to solve a series of murders by an unknown vampire pack, while fending off the advances of her would be vampire master, Jean-Claude. She is also dealing with various people and creatures who wish her to reveal Jean-Claude's identity and location.
As with the first 2 books, Circus of the Damned is not just the title of the book. Circus of the Damned is the name of a supernatural circus that operated by Jean-Claude and serves as one of the main locations within the book.
We get to see some regular characters: Jean-Claude (naturally, this is before Anita falls in love with him), Dolph and Zerbrowski, Richard, and Edward. This is the pivotal book that sets up the love triangle between Anita, Jean-Claude and Richard. It is also the first look we have of Richard and his hatred at being a werewolf.
This book was originally released in paperback format, but has since been re-released in hardcover.
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace (May 1995)
You can read more on Hamilton's website about Circus of the Damned