|Dead as a Doornail|
|Publication date||May 2003|
|Previous book||Dead to the World|
|Next book||Definitely Dead|
Dead as a Doornail is the fifth book in Charlaine Harris's series The Southern Vampire Mysteries .
Dead as a Doornail puts vampires, were-creatures, shifters and one fairy godmother against a sniper with an apparent aversion to nonhumans. As if trying to discover who's behind the shootings isn't enough, the telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse has to cope with a few other distractions: her sexy "Were" friend, Alcide Herveaux, needs her help in his father's bid to become the next leader of the local werewolf pack; her boss, Sam Merlotte (a collie in his spare time), gets shot; her house partly burns down; and what's she to do about the handsome vampire bartender who dresses as a pirate at Sam's place?