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DEAD UNTIL DARK
by Charlaine Harris

Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Mystery, Paranormal

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There are plenty of quirky characters inhabiting Bon Temps, Louisiana, and Sookie Stackhouse is certainly one of them. Shes a barmaid with a slight problem: she can read peoples minds. Being telepathic hasnt made her the most popular gal in townuntil she meets the one guy whose thoughts are beyond her reach. His names Bill Compton, and hes a vampire.

Though Bill can only come out at night, Sookie finds herself deeply drawn to him and soon romance is in the air. Unfortunately, any chance at happily-ever-after is shattered by the murders of two women, apparently by a vampire. Sookie doesnt believe Bill was involved, but therere plenty of other vampires in the area who arent half as nice as her toothsome lover.

DEAD UNTIL DARK is an absorbing mix of romance, mystery and the supernatural. Harris weaves humor with an edginess that makes for taut reading. Best of all, shes created an uniquely down-to-earth heroine in Sookie and an otherworldly charmer in Sookies beau, Bill. Perhaps youll never meet a more unlikely couple, but you wont forget them either! (May, 272 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Susan McBride

Publisher: Ace

Published: May 2001

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