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DEAD RECKONING
by Charlaine Harris

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

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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)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: ACE

Published: May 2011

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Dead Reckoning

Submitted by Robin in PA on November 1, 2013 - 6:11pm.

Surprise, Surprise! Someone is trying to kill Sookie Stackhouse. Sookie witnesses a firebombing at Merlottes that many people believe was a hate crime against Sam. A few days later, a group of thugs come into the bar wanting to "grab the blonde" and kill anyone who tries to stop them. No one knows who is behind the crimes, but everyone has theories. Sookie's lover, Eric, is at odds with Pam, but neither of them are talking. Their regent, Victor, is still causing trouble, and it looks like he will have to be dealt with. Throw in a few more of the re-occurring characters in the series and you have a murky plot that doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

This is the 11th book in the series and I'm questioning where the author is going with this series. Where the first books in the series had a clear mystery story and some interesting revelations, this one just left me actually wondering what I learned. Yes, we find out who is trying to kill Sookie (this time) and that story comes to a conclusion. We also get the gangs plan to get rid of Victor. The story isn't bad and I was happy to see Bubba back into the mix. Some of the characters are my problem. On of my favorite characters in this series has always been Eric. He is a big bad vamp who always had a soft spot for Sookie and handled her gently. In this book he isn't the same Eric. It's almost like Harris wants to break up Sookie and Eric by turning him into a jerk. As usual, Sookie is upset and depressed about her life. I just want to see her happy. I know there are only two more books in this series and I'm hoping for a happy ending to finish the series. My rating: 3.5 Stars.