The latest True Blood novel by Charlaine Harris has taken the crown for Amazon UK's most pre-ordered book of the year.
Dead Reckoning, the author's 11th book in a collection that led to the spin-off television series "True Blood", achieved the 2011 most pre-ordered sales figure before it was officially released on Tuesday (3rd May).
The Gollancz title overtook the Amazon 2011 pre-order record set by Jean M Auel for The Land of Painted Caves – Earth's Children Book 6, last week.
Dead Reckoning centres on lead female protagonist Sookie Stackhouse, following on from Harris' previous 10 novels.
The other books to gain recognition by trumping the Amazon UK most pre-ordered list so far this year include The Return: Midnight (The Vampire Diaries) by L J Smith and A Dance With Dragons: Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.