Charlaine Harris ‘Dead Reckoning’ Cover Revealed

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.



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