Well, knock me over with a feather! Charlaine Harris has redeemed herself with Deadlocked. I went into this with a whole lot of skepticism that Harris could write another great Sookie Stackhouse novel after the train wreck of the last one (well, it was a train wreck for me anyway compared to all of its predecessors). But, she pulled it off. It was clear from early on in the book that Deadlocked was good ol' Sookie Stackhouse. Maybe Harris took some of the criticisms about the last book to heart or maybe she was just more in the 'zone' writing this one, but either way I'm happy! Eric has gotten tedious for me over the last couple books (and I was a huge fan of his from the get-go), and, without giving anything away, I was pleased with by the end of the book with his relationship with Sookie. This was a real bread-and-butter Sookie story and it works. It isn't revolutionary, but that's not what you're looking for when you read a Sookie Stackhouse novel :)
I recommend anyone who had their faith shaken with the last book to give this one a go. This was library only for me, but I will buy it once it's in mass market paperback to go with the rest of my set (minus book 11, LOL). 4 solid stars.