DEADDARK            UNTIL                    1 Charlaine Harris       Dead until dark
Ace books by Charlaine Harris     DEAD UNTIL DARKLIVING DEAD IN DALLAS            CLUB DEAD   DEAD TO THE WORLD           ...
DEADDARK            UNTIL                        CHARLAINE HARRIS                New York                    3 Charlaine H...
THE BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUPPlublised by the Penguin GroupPenguin Group (USA) Inc.375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10...
My thanks and appreciation go to the people whothought this book was a good idea - Dean James,Toni L. P. Kelner and Gary a...
6Charlaine Harris       Dead until dark
I’d been waiting for the                   vampire for years when he                   walked into the bar.               ...
was a real center for them—the whole Anne Rice thing,right?     It’s not that long a drive from Bon Temps to New Or-leans,...
my bottom since I’d been sitting on the dirty pavementand gave Bill a wave as I started off across the parking lot.   It h...
it. It was just a big old family home, too big for Gran-ny and me, I guess. It had a broad front covered by ascreened-in p...
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  1. 1. DEADDARK UNTIL 1 Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  2. 2. Ace books by Charlaine Harris DEAD UNTIL DARKLIVING DEAD IN DALLAS CLUB DEAD DEAD TO THE WORLD Sookie Stackhouse Novels DEAD AS A DOORNAIL DEFINITELY DEAD FROM DEAD TO WORSE MANY BLOODY RETURNS edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. KelnerBerkley Prime Crime Books by Charlaine Harris GRAVE SIGHTHarper Connelly Mysteries GRAVE SURPRISE AN ICE COLD GRAVE SHAKESPEARE’S LANDLORD SHAKESPEARE’S CHAMPION Lily Bard Mysteries SHAKESPEARE’S TROLLOPSHAKESPEARE’S COUNSELOR REAL MUDERDERSAurora Teagarden Mysteries A BONE TO PICK THREE BEDROOMS, ONE CORPSE SWEET AND DEADLY A SECRET RAGE 2 Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  3. 3. DEADDARK UNTIL CHARLAINE HARRIS New York 3 Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  4. 4. THE BERKLEY PUBLISHING GROUPPlublised by the Penguin GroupPenguin Group (USA) Inc.375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, USAPenguin Group (Canada), 90 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario M4P 2Y3,Canada (a division of Pearson Penguin Canada Inc.)Penguin Books Ltd.,80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, EnglandPenguin Group Ireland, 25 St. Stephen’s Green Dublin 2, Ireland (a division of PenguinBooks Ltd.)Penguin Group (Australia), 250, Camberwell Road, Camberwell, Victoria 3124, Australia(a division of Pearson Australia Group Pty. Ltd.)Penguin Books India Pvt. Ltd., 11 Community Centre, Panchsheel Park, New Delhi - 110017, IndiaPenguin Group (NZ), 67 Apollo Drive, Rosedale, North Shore 0632, New Zealand(a division of Pearson New Zealand Ltd.)Penguin Books (South Africa) (Pty.) Ltd., 24 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg 2196,South AfricaPenguin Books Ltd., Resgistered Offices: 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL, EnglandThis an original publication of The Berkley Publishing Group.This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of theauthor’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living ordead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental. The publisher doesnot have any control over and does not assume any responsability for author or third-partywebsites or this content.Copyright © 2008 by Charlaine Harris, Inc.Text design by Kristin del Rosario.All rights reserved.Not part of this book may be reproduced, scanned, or distributed in any printed or eletronicform without permission. Please do not participate in or encourage piracy of copyrightedmaterials in violation of the author’ rights. Purchase only authorized editions.ACE and the “A” design are trademarks belonging to Penguin Group (USA) Inc.First Edition: May 2008Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataHarris, Charlainne.Dead until dark/Charlaine Harris. - 1st ed.p.cm.ISBN 978-0-441-01589-41. Vampires - Fiction. 2. Supernatural - Fiction 3. Lousiana - Fiction I. Title.PS3558.A6427F76 2008813’.54--dc22 2008002396PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA10 9 8 7 6 5 4 4 Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  5. 5. My thanks and appreciation go to the people whothought this book was a good idea - Dean James,Toni L. P. Kelner and Gary and Susan Nowlin 5 Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  6. 6. 6Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  7. 7. I’d been waiting for the vampire for years when he walked into the bar. Ever since vampires came out of the coffin (as they laughingly put it) four years ago, I’d hoped one would come to Bon Temps. We had all the other minori- ties in our little town—why not the newest, the legally recognized undead? But rural northern Louisiana wasn’t too tempting to vam- pires, apparently; on the other hand, New Orleans 7Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  8. 8. was a real center for them—the whole Anne Rice thing,right? It’s not that long a drive from Bon Temps to New Or-leans, and everyone who came into the bar said that ifyou threw a rock on a street comer you’d hit one. Thoughyou better not. But I was waiting for my own vampire. You can tell I don’t get out much. And it’s not becauseI’m not pretty. I am. I’m blond and blue-eyed and twenty-five, and my legs are strong and my bosom is substantial,and I have a waspy waistline. I look good in the warm-weather waitress outfit Sam picked for us: black shorts,white T, white socks, black Nikes. But I have a disability. That’s how I try to think of it. The bar patrons just say I’m crazy. Either way, the result is that I almost never have adate. So little treats count a lot with me. And he sat at one of my tables—the vampire. I knew immediately what he was. It amazed me whenno one else turned around to stare. They couldn’t tell! Butto me, his skin had a little glow, and I just knew. I could have danced with joy, and in fact I did do alittle step right there by the bar. Sam Merlotte, my boss,looked up from the drink he was mixing and gave mea tiny smile. I grabbed my tray and pad and went overto the vampire’s table. I hoped that my lipstick was stilleven and my ponytail was still neat. I’m kind of tense, and I could feel my smile yanking thecorners of my mouth up. He seemed lost in thought, and I had a chance togive him a good once-over before he looked up. He wasa little under six feet, I estimated. He had thick brownhair, combed straight back and brushing his collar, and 8 Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  9. 9. my bottom since I’d been sitting on the dirty pavementand gave Bill a wave as I started off across the parking lot. It had been a stimulating evening, one with a lot offood for thought. I felt almost as cheerful as my smilewhen I considered it. But Jason was going to be mighty angry about thechain. After work that night, I drove home, which is onlyabout four miles south from the bar. Jason had been gone(and so had DeeAnne) when I got back to work, and thathad been another good thing. I was reviewing the eveningas I drove to my grandmother’s house, where I lived. It’sright before Tall Pines cemetery, which lies off a narrowtwo-lane parish road. My great-great-great grandfatherhad started the house, and he’d had ideas about privacy,so to reach it you had to turn off the parish road into thedriveway, go through some woods, and then you arrivedat the clearing in which the house stood. It’s sure not any historic landmark, since most of theoldest parts have been ripped down and replaced overthe years, and of course it’s got electricity and plumbingand insulation, all that good modern stuff. But it still hasa tin roof that gleams blindingly on sunny days. Whenthe roof needed to be replaced, I wanted to put regularroofing tiles on it, but my grandmother said no. Though Iwas paying, it’s her house; so naturally, tin it was. Historical or not, I’d lived in this house since I wasabout seven, and I’d visited it often before then, so I loved 22 Charlaine Harris Dead until dark
  10. 10. it. It was just a big old family home, too big for Gran-ny and me, I guess. It had a broad front covered by ascreened-in porch, and it was painted white, Granny be-ing a traditionalist all the way. I went through the bigliving room, strewn with battered furniture arranged tosuit us, and down the hall to the first bedroom on the left,the biggest. Adele Hale Stackhouse, my grandmother, waspropped up in her high bed, about a million pillowspadding her skinny shoulders. She was wearing a long-sleeved cotton nightgown even in the warmth of thisspring night, and her bedside lamp was still on. Therewas a book propped in her lap. “Hey,” I said. “Hi, honey.” My grandmother is very small and very old, but herhair is still thick, and so white it almost has the very faint-est of green tinges. She wears it kind of rolled against herneck during the day, but at night it’s loose or braided. Ilooked at the cover of her book. “You reading Danielle Steele again?” “Oh, that woman can sure tell a story.” My grand-mother’s great pleasures were reading Danielle Steele,watching her soap operas (which she called her “sto-ries”) and attending meetings of the myriad clubs she’dbelonged to all her adult life, it seemed. Her favoriteswere the Descendants of the Glorious Dead and the BonTemps Gardening Society. “Guess what happened tonight?” I asked her. “What? You got a date?” “No,” I said, working to keep a smile on my face. “Avampire came into the bar.” “Ooh, did he have fangs?” 23 Charlaine Harris Dead until dark

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