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Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris
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Apr 01, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from March 31 to April 01, 2010

Sookie & Bill... Bill & Sookie... and Eric... and the Maenad... and Sam... and the sheriff & sister Bellefluers?... and Dallas city vampire nest.

Sookie is on call with Eric (lead vampire in her area) to use her mindreading skills as needed... Eric seems fascinated by her, and barely keeps a Bill felt comfortable distance... and he keeps an eye on Sookie in Dallas, and at her request in whereever she lives.

the Maenad - an earth creature, who is wild and who wounds Sookie (with a poisonous scratch to her back) as a message to Eric & company that she is nearby and wants tribute. She ends up applying her interests & talents to impart justice to the 3 that murdered Sookies coworker.

Sam, her boss... revels in his elemental nature (shape shifter/werewolfish) with the Maenad... and still plays a part in keeping Sookie safe - and reminding her of his attraction for her (I wonder if that will go anywhere in future books?)

And the sheriff (mutual dislike with vampires, and Bill & Sookie specifically) is under suspicion for murder because Sookie's dead coworker is found in his car... He and his lawyer sister are trying to solve the murder - off the books; seeking help from Sookie & her mindreading ability & Bill with his kinky attraction. This is the 2nd mystery for Sookie to solve... and it takes her to a sex club that her coworker had participated in... and resolution by the Maenad.

And the 1st mystery is in Dallas... one of the Dallas nest is missing... Sookie comes to read the minds of those in the bar where he was last seen. They discover that an ancient 17-year old vampire, who has raped & killed children for centuries is 'seeking the light' with the assistance of the local anti-vampire league was involved in the kidnapping of the vampire.

Sookie goes to the anti-vampire league headquarters, is locked up, is almost raped until the ancient vampire rescues her, is further rescued by a local shapeshifter who gets them through hospital emergency & safely out of the hospital (the league is still after them)..and back to Eric until Bill returns - having freed the kidnapped vampire.

The next night is a celebration at the 'nest'... the league attacks... Bill is part of the vengence crew that hunts them down... Sookie gets mad at him, and returns home without him.

They don't speak for 3 weeks... they see each other in the company of others... they reunite, perhaps with a deeper understanding of one another's nature. Sookie more directly appreciates both how she helps to humanize this 150 year old vampire, and how he is a different creature then she in how he thinks (he is a predator)... but they love one another.

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