Here's what you do. First of all, don't panic if you can't find it at your local bookstore. It might be shelved under science fiction/fantasy, or romance, or even horror (EDITED TO ADD: and general fiction). It might be in new releases. It might be under "S" for Smith-Ready, or "R" for Ready. One person found it under "J" for Jeri. (Seriously. I can't wait until I'm famous enough to be known by one name, but let's not jump the gun.)
Just walk up to the information desk and ask the nice person to look it up for you. If they tell you they currently have no copies, it's not a problem. It's an opportunity! An opportunity for you to be my own personal hero(ine).
See, bookstore employees are busy people, and as you might've noticed, there are A LOT of books out there. At least thirty or maybe even forty.
The computer doesn't send out a DANGER! DANGER! alert when a book sells out, because really, that ought to be saved for a true emergency, like a fire or a system crash or a faulty coffee maker. So lots of times a store won't restock a title even if, say, it sells out in the first week of release.
Here's where you come in. Ask them to order you a copy of Wicked Game (EDITED TO ADD: Don't worry--it won't cost you anything; they'll call you when it's ready and then you go pick it up, with much rejoicing). That gets their attention (especially if you drop the A-bomb* under your breath), and they might even order more than one. If you're not the first person to ask for it, that really gets their attention. They'll think it's a movement!
If you're like me and don't like to waste gas, call first and see if they have it. If they don't, consider ordering it.
Or if you're really like me and too lazy to drag yourself out of the house, order it online.
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*A is for Amazon.com