Dead and Gone

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2009

Genres: Mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, faerie tale, paranormal, paranormal mystery, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse); 9

ISBN: 9780441017157

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 312

Setting: Bon Temps, LA

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Werewolves and shifters have finally come out to the rest of the world about their existence, which sparks fear and violence in various parts of the world – including Bon Temps, where a werepanther is found crucified in the parking lot at Merlotte’s.  Meanwhile, trouble brews amongst the fae, which has significant repercussions for Sookie.

Appeal factors:

Pacing: As with the rest of the series, this is a fast paced book filled with lots of dialogue and action.

Characterization: The story is told in first person through Sookie.  Most of the characters are regulars in the series, although a few new characters are introduced and some older characters meet their endings.

Frame: The story opens with Sookie and her housemates watching a vampire reality TV show.  This short scene provides the frame for the book – blood, violence, and strategic planning coming from the vamps with friendship and warmth being shared between the humans.

Story line: An action packed story in which Sookie has to deal with a lethal family feud.

Subject headings:

From Pima County Public Library:

Stackhouse, Sookie (Fictitious character) — Fiction.

Vampires — Louisiana — Fiction.

Werewolves — Louisiana — Fiction.

Occult fiction.

Mystery fiction.

Similar works/ authors: Charlie Huston – Joe Pitt Casebooks, Laurell K. Hamilton, Marjorie Lui, Kim Harrison, Patricia Briggs, Jeaniene Frost, Sherrilyn Kenyon

Personal notes: Still a great series – although Sookie really goes through some serious violence in this book (as opposed to the books where she is merely attacked by vampires or terrorist groups).  She’s cutting it pretty close with the vampire blood.

Other: Diversity – telepaths, vampires, shape shifters, werewolves, fairies, witches

Since the series has grown quite long and complex, the author recommends reading the series in order.

Charlaine Harris’s website


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