Ace Books by Charlaine Harris The Sookie Stackhouse Novels
DEAD UNTIL DARK LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS CLUB DEAD DEAD TO THE WORLD DEAD AS A DOORNAIL DEFINITELY DEAD ALL TOGETHER DEAD FROM DEAD TO WORSE DEAD AND GONE DEAD IN THE FAMILY DEAD RECKONING DEADLOCKED A TOUCH OF DEAD: SOOKIE STACKHOUSE, THE COMPLETE STORIES
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THE SOOKIE STACKHOUSECOMPANION
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MANY BLOODY RETURNS WOLFSBANE AND MISTLETOE DEATH’S EXCELLENT VACATION HOME IMPROVEMENT: UNDEAD EDITION
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SWEET AND DEADLY A SECRET RAGE
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GRAVE SIGHT GRAVE SURPRISE AN ICE COLD GRAVE GRAVE SECRET
The Lily Bard MysteriesSHAKESPEARE’S LANDLORD SHAKESPEARE’S CHAMPION SHAKESPEARE’S CHRISTMAS SHAKESPEARE’S TROLLOP SHAKESPEARE’S COUNSELOR
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REAL MURDERS A BONE TO PICK THREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE THE JULIUS HOUSE DEAD OVER HEELS A FOOL AND HIS HONEY LAST SCENE ALIVE POPPY DONE TO DEATH
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CRIMES BY MOONLIGHT
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FIRST EDITION: May 2012 Library of CongressCataloging-in-Publication Data Harris, Charlaine. Deadlocked / Charlaine Harris.—First edition. pages cm.—(A Sookie Stackhouse novel) ISBN: 978-1-101-58071-4 1. Stackhouse, Sookie (Fictitious character)—Fiction. 2. Vampires—Fiction. 3. Werewolves—Fiction. 4. Magic—Fiction. I. Title. PS3558.A6427D45 2012 813’.54—dc23 2011053447 PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ALWAYS LEARNING PEARSONJulia, this is for you. I love you, honey.
I appreciate the advice and encouragement given by my friends Dana Cameron and Toni L. P. Kelner. I couldn’t do any of this without my husband, Hal. Paula Woldan (bffpaula) has made my life a cakewalk rather than an obstacle course. And heartfelt thanks to my agent, Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky, who guards the entrance to my...