Despite being telepathic, Sookie is often the last person to learn the true motivations of those around her. However she is no longer a starry-eyed dreamer. In this book, multitalented Harris wraps up some previous plot threads and lays out clues to the series’ next intriguing direction. Things are never dull in Bon Temps!
Family history is on Sookie’s mind as she, with the help of her fairy cousin Claude and Great-Uncle Dermot, cleans out the overflowing attic. Amongst the junk Sookie discovers a letter and hidden treasure left to her by her grandmother. Things literally heat up at Merlotte’s when someone throws a Molotov cocktail at the patrons. Sookie believes the perpetrator is a supe, but who — and why? Business is also suffering at Fangtasia, as evil vampire Victor tries to destroy Eric. Eric, Sookie and Pam all agree that Victor must die, but a confrontation could lead to their destruction. (ACE, May, 336 pp., $27.95)