Friday, September 02, 2011
Dead Reckoning, by Charlaine Harris
(hb; 2011: twelfth entry in The Sookie Stackhouse Novels)
From the inside flap:
"With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise, and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit - and the twisted motive for the attack.
"But her attention is divided. Though she can't 'read' vampires, Sookie knows her lover, Eric Northam, and his 'child' Pam well - and she realizes that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, she is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.
"Caught up once again in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will lean that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human - and that there is a new [vampire] queen on board."
Another fun, blast-through pop-culture take on vampires, fae, weres, shifters (and elves!), with Harris's usual blend of character- and plot-complicating revelations (particularly for Sookie), supernatural action, quirkiness and flirtiness.
It will be interesting to see how Harris handles the game-changing fall-out from Dead Reckoning in her next Sookie novel.
Good read, worth checking out from the library.
Followed by Deadlocked.