Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris released May 2011
So, we just set out eyes on the cover for the next installment of the Sookie Stackhouse novel and it has us a bit perplexed…
Now, for the first time we see our Sookie alone on the cover. We also see the burning pages falling from the sky… possibly a nod to the working title of the book, Dead Letters.
The new title, Dead Reckoning, means predictive calculation based on inference; guesswork.
So, we will begin our investigation on the literary case of Dead Reckoning:
In the synopsis that was listed over the summer on Amazon U.K. it listed the following:
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 Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realises 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 in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board . . .
The only spoilers we know of are from the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con and they were as follows:
Harris says that Eric wants Sookie to become a vampire and tells her so in Book 11. He apparently feels that this is the next logical step. But according to Harris, “Sookie will never become a vampire.”
As you can basically tell from this synopsis and from the spoilers and the cover, there are some points of interest:
1. The coup d’etat of the Felipe/Viktor Regime.
2. Eric wants Sookie to be a Vampire, which will not allow here to be a pawn in Vampire politics, but Sookie will never allow it.
3. Continual issues with the coming out of the Were/Shifter population.