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Charlaine Harris , Johanna Parker
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5 Nov 2009 True Blood

Sookie is having a streak of bad luck. First her co-worker is killed and no one seems to care. Then she comes face-to-face with a beastly creature which gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously sucks the poison from her veins (like they didn't enjoy it).

The point is: they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favour, she obliges - and soon Sookie's in Dallas, using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed to interview certain humans involved, but she makes one condition: the vampires must promise to behave, and let the humans go unharmed.

But that's easier said than done, and all it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly...

Read by Johanna Parker

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  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Unabridged edition (5 Nov 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1409115771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409115779
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 13.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Charlaine Harris was born in Tunica, Mississippi, and raised in the Mississippi River Delta area in the middle of a cotton field. Though her early works consisted largely of poems about ghosts and, later, teenage angst, she wrote plays when she attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and started writing novels a few years later.

After publishing two stand-alone mysteries, Harris launched a light-hearted mystery series 'starring' Georgia librarian Aurora Teagarden. The first of the eight books, Real Murders, was shortlisted for Best Novel in the 1990 Agatha Awards. In 1996, she released the first of the much darker Shakespeare mysteries, featuring the amateur sleuth Lily Bard, a karate student who makes her living cleaning houses.

Charlaine Harris then wrote the first of her Southern vampire mysteries starring Sookie Stackhouse, the quirky, telepathic waitress who works in a bar in the fictional Northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps. Dead Until Dark won the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Mystery. It also won Harris a whole new fan club of devoted readers and pushed her into the bestseller lists. The Sookie Stackhouse series, in which Sookie has to deal with vampires, werecreatures and other supernatural folk - not to mention her own complicated love life - was also instrumental in creating the urban fantasy genre.

Sookie Stackhouse also enchanted Alan Ball, creator of the smash TV show Six Feet Under, who took an option and wrote and directed the pilot episode for True Blood himself. It was an instant hit when it premiered in the US, and that success was repeated when it was first aired in Britain last year. The second season of TRUE BLOOD will start this spring.

Harris's newest series features Harper Connelly, a young woman who, after being struck by lightning, finds herself able to locate the bodies of the dead and to determine the cause of their death. There are four Harper titles (Grave Sight, Grave Surprise, An Ice Cold Grave and Grave Secret).

Charlaine Harris is a member of the Mystery Writers of America and the American Crime Writers League. She is a member of the board of Sisters in Crime, and alternates with Joan Hess as president of the Arkansas Mystery Writers Alliance. She is married, the mother of three, and lives in a small town in Southern Arkansas. When she is not writing her own books, she reads omnivorously!

Here are the Sookie Stackhouse True Blood novels in series order:

Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse 1
Living Dead In Dallas: Sookie Stackhouse 2
Club Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 3
Dead To The World: Sookie Stackhouse 4
Dead As A Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse 5
Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 6
All Together Dead: Sookie Stackhouse 7
From Dead To Worse: Sookie Stackhouse 8
Dead And Gone: Sookie Stackhouse 9
Dead In The Family: Sookie Stackhouse 10
A Touch Of Dead (a Sookie Stackhouse short story collection_

Here are the Harper Connelly novels in series order:

Grave Sight: Harper Connelly 1
Grave Surprise: Harper Connelly 2
An Ice Cold Grave: Harper Connelly 3
Grave Secret: Harper Connelly 4

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Book Description

Sookie Stackhouse returns in the second instalment of the series that gave us TRUE BLOOD. Unabridged edition.

About the Author

Charlaine Harris is the author of several NEW YORK TIMES bestselling series. She is married, with children, and lives in Arkansas.

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the second book in the Southern Vampire novel series and is a blend of the cosy mystery with a dark twist of vampirism and a little romance. In Sookie Stackhouse's world, vampires have 'come out of their coffins' a la the style of Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series. The vampires have a legal status in America (pay taxes)and many of them are trying to go 'main stream' i.e. live with humans and try not to kill them. Anyway, Sookie, a small town waitress with a gift of reading people's minds is having a streak of bad luck. First one of her co-workers is murdered and she is the unfortunate person to find him. Then she encounters a mythical creature in the woods who poisons her and the local vampires save her, leaving her in their debt. So when they ask her to go down to Dallas and use her telepathic powers to help locate a missing vampire, she agrees, but this is only the beginning of her troubles. Sookie is a likeable character and human character, despite her gift. And she narrates this story in a chatty, witty style. She is no superhero, her only gift or 'disability' as she calls it is her powers of mind reading, but that has schooled her abilties to keep a straight face when she inadvertantly 'hears' something she really didn't want to know, but her gift has some uses. The book is fast paced and engaging. It is quite sensual in parts (but nothing as extreme as Anita Blake's more recent exploits), and, oh yes, of course there are a few gory scenes. This is an excellent sequel to Dead Until Dark, which should be read first so you get an idea of how Sookie gets involved with the vampires in the first place.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT!! 24 Oct 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a FANTASTIC book by Charlaine Harris - it's the 2nd book in a series - the first being 'Dead until Dark', the 3rd is 'Dead Club'. I love this Author's style of writing, it's so easy. I loved this book, a definate keeper, you won't be disappointed.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant 12 April 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Sookie Stackhouse is a southern belle w/ a gift--though she sometimes calls it her curse--for reading people's minds. An ability which causes her no shortage of grief amongst the townspeople of her hometown of Bon Temps, Louisiana. In the previous book, she finally meets the man of her dreams: Bill Compton. Bill is a total blank to her. She cannot read his mind and that makes him instantly attractive and interesting to her. The fact that to her he is dark, mysterious, and handsome couldn't hurt either. Their attraction to each other grows, without some setbacks and roadblocks in the way, as the first book progresses and ends.
LIVIND DEAD IN DALLAS continues their romance and also shows us more of Sookie's growth since her first meeting w/ Bill. This time around her life is thrown a dangerous curve when she must travel to Dallas w/ Bill to help investigate the disappearance of one of that city's vampires. It would seem that the vampire leader of Louisiana has loaned out Sookie's telepathic services as part of the deal she made with this vampire in the previous book. A vampire whose obvious lust for Sookie and the use he can have with her unique power doesn't sit well with her lover, Bill.
So off to Dallas she goes, but not before one of her co-workers and also a friend of hers is killed and made to look like one of the townspeople committed the crime. As usual with her "gift" Sookie knows this to be untrue, but with her mission to Dallas more paramount, she sets this aside until her return.
Sookie's adventures in Dallas shows her more of the society that Bill has lived in most of his life. As much as vampires have been "outed" for over two years, they are still seen with revulsion and hate. LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS introduces what could be an interesting group if handled well.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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As often happens in a series like this (I feel the same thing about Harry Potter for example) as the first book really sets the story and is fatastically exciting, the second book has a lot to live up to and can sometimes fail to meet quite the same standards. In its own right this book is still really fun and lively, but I felt the whole taking-Sookie-to-Dallas thing didn't really work for me. I like her on her own territory best, with Bon Temps' characters feeling more realistic than the ones she deals with here. Having said all that, the series as a whole is probably my favourite in the vampire genre (if we ignore Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, because they're an entity in themselves) and you will miss out if you don't read this installment. 5 stars for the series as a whole.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living Dead in Dallas 2 May 2005
The story of Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire boyfriend Bill continues. Sookie's colleague gets murdered and no-one seems to care except Sookie. Then Sookie gets blood poisoning which her lovely vampire friends have great satisfaction in sucking the poison from her veins! But, they did save her life...
Sookie gets asked to use her telepathic skills to find a missing vampire but, the vampires soon break their good behaviour condition over a nice blonde...
Bill involves himself with the local vampire self-governing body in Shreveport to get protection for him and Sookie and Bill becomes Vampire Inspector for Area 5, thus Sookie being Bill's girlfriend has to use her telepathic powers for Area 5's purposes.
So Sookie leaves work one day to find her friend and colleague dead in a police car outside the cocktail bar. A few days later she is out with Bill on their way to Shrevepotrt and she is attacked by a Maenad, Bill then gets her to Fangtasia which is a vampire bar owned by Eric the master Vampire! Then this is where Sookie has the poison taken out of her blood by the vampires.
This was brilliant and my favourite of the Southern Vampires series so far, lots to keep you enthralled!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Living Dead in Dallas was a pleasant sequel to Dead Until Dark.
After finishing Dead Until Dark, I knew I had to pick up Living Dead in Dallas straight away.

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Published 1 month ago by Leonor Antunes
4.0 out of 5 stars :)
Starting to see some differences to true blood now.. it's very good.. but wasn't my favourite season of true blood.. I am just looking forward to the werewolves now!!!
Published 6 months ago by Maz
3.0 out of 5 stars True blood book 2
Not as good as the first book but still a good read. Fantasic series of books well worth a read
Published 7 months ago by Crippollo
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!
Fantastic book. Excellent plot. Writer really sets the scene. Deffo worth a read! Can't wait to read her next book!
Published 7 months ago by Stephanie White
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It ++++++
Loved it great book ,will be recommending it to all friend`s ,great author love her style of writing will be looking for more books by this author +++++
Published 7 months ago by m nicolson
5.0 out of 5 stars so good,
This was such a good read, a lot different to the tv series but I really enjoyed it can't wait to read the next book.
Published 7 months ago by Louise Louden
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
At first i thought the second book wouldn't live up to the first book however i was wrong. Sookie and Bill face a whole new set of problems in this book. Had me gripped. Read more
Published 7 months ago by laura
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm loving these books
I flew through this book. It's very gripping. I really love Eric he's funny and he's hot in the series. I can't wait to read the next book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2
After getting through book 1 over 2 nights, couldn't wait to get stuck in. Again watching Trueblood on HBO i felt this time they should have stuck to the book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kerry Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Absolutely love the stack house series, love the characters great storyline, have the whole set and would really recommend to anyone
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