The second in the mystery series featuring Sheriff Gavin Pruitt, Deadhead. ?Darkness Bids the Dead Goodbye" picks up several months after "Slipknot," with Gavin now married with a child, not to mention a grandchild, on the way. Of course there is "murder, black and foul" (Philip Baruth, "The Millennium Shows"), not to mention "Chase scenes, SWAT teams, and an unpredictable cast" (Scott MacFarlane, "The Hippie Narrative"). As Dennis McNally ("A Long Strange Trip") notes: "Sheriff Pruitt really is both a Deadhead and a cop. And wrapping your mind around that conundrum makes for great reading."