|A Touch of Dead|
|Publication date||October 6, 2009|
|Previous book||Dead and Gone|
|Next book||Dead in the Family|
- Note: This story does not affect the storylines in the Southern Vampires novels in any way, although in a later book Sookie has a vague memory of the events that occur herein.
In "Gift Wrap", Sookie, alone at Christmas, decides to take a walk through the woods. While there she comes upon a gravely injured werewolf named Preston. Although she opens her heart and her home to him and attempts to nurse him back to health, this handsome hunk may actually be a wolf in sheep’s clothing...
- Sookie Stackhouse: Human, telepath and barmaid of a local bar
- Niall Brigant: a fairy, Sookie's mysterious great-grandfather, who turns up sporadically
- Preston: an injured man that Sookie finds in the woods, not knowing that he's a fairy.