Dead as a Doornail (#5)

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Small town cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse’s supernatural existence puts her in the line of fire in the fifth novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

When Sookie Stackhouse sees her brother Jason’s eyes start to change, she knows he’s about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population, and Jason’s new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who’s behind the attacks—unless the killer decides to find her first…


“Harris does an admirable job of creating a heroine who’s not only interesting but completely believable in a world of the strange and the different. Natural and humorous dialogue and a nicely paced plot that doesn’t dwell so much on Sookie’s old boyfriends help make this entry the best yet in the series.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Harris’ southern vampire series remains one of the best of the breed, concocted out of just the right mixture of humor, intrigue, and excitement. Its latest entry does not disappoint.”


“Plot twists and fascinating characters abound in this welcome addition to Harris’s Anthony Award-winning 'Southern Vampire' series.”

Library Journal

“Harris’ latest paranormal adventure is every bit as entertaining, suspenseful and romantic as previous installments. It’s an evocative blend of romance, suspense and alternate-Earth fantasy, with a stand-alone mystery that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Sookie’s wry commentary and expert characterization make this one stand out from the crowd.”

RT Book Reviews

“Fun […] thoroughly engaging series.”


“A very good mystery […] A very entertaining story. The previous four volumes in the series are all worth your time.”


Awards & Accolades


#14 New York Times Bestseller List


#7 Locus Paperback Bestseller List


#10 Barnes & Noble Paperback Bestseller List


2004 Pearl Award Finalist