Charlaine Harris’ Dead Until Dark is the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series (also known as the Southern Vampire series).
This novel was released on May 1, 2001.
Dead Until Dark book description
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much.
Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable.
And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome – and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life.
But Bill has a disability of his own: he’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of – big surprise – murder.
And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….