First Sentence: "Caucasian vampires should never wear white," the television announcer intoned.
Now that vampires have come out and been acknowledged by society, members of the ware species have decided it's time to do the same. However, not everyone is accepting of discovering someone they know can turn into an animal.
Telepathic bartender, Sookie Stackhouse, is called back to the bar at which she works to find a police scene. Her warepanther sister-in-law has been murdered and left in the bar's parking lot. Was it a hate crime? Sookie is determined to help the police, her brother and the ware community find the killer.
Sookie also finds herself in personal danger as war as broken out among unhuman beings. Her great-grandfather, Naill, warns her that one of his sons is leading those who want to destroy all humans with fairy blood, which includes Sookie. It is going to take all her friends, including "Bubba," once the King of rock-and-roll, to keep her alive.
When Laurell K. Hamilton went astray with her books, I was delighted to find Charlaine Harris, who gets better with each book. Harris has created an almost plausible world of humans, vampires, wares, fairies and all other paranormal beings, while referencing back to actual events in reality.
I couldn't help but draw parallels between the ware communities coming out to the gay community. In both fiction and fact, prejudice and violence are evident. The resolution of the murder is both sad and horrible to contemplate. The fairie war speaks to ethnic cleansing. Believe me, these are no Disney-like fairies. There is violence and brutality with a resolution I found rather sad but interesting as it left no hint as to where Harris is taking the series.
The characters are critical to me when I read, and Harris has created wonderful characters. Sookie is very real and we learn more about her parents' death in this book. I particularly like that often, during the situations in which Sookie finds herself, in spite of not being one to go to church, she worries about how God will perceive her thoughts and actions. We also learn more about the background of Eric, the head vampire for the region. We lose a lot of characters, with this book, but I was delighted to see "Bubba" back and laughed at Sookie's fairie godmother's comment about Irish names.
This would seem to be a transitional book for the series as it was darker and more serious than previous entries. I also found it a bit sad. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from her. I am anxious for Ms. Harris' next Sookie Stackhouse book.
DEAD AND GONE (Para/Mys-Sookie Stackhouse-Louisiana-Cont) - VG
Harris, Charlaine - 9th in series
ACE Books, 2009, US Hardcover - ISBN: 9780441017157