Living Dead in Dallas is the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse, southern vampire mystery series. It follows Sookie as she is employed by Dallas vampires to help them find one of their vampire companions who has gone missing. Sookie must use her telepathy to find out information but soon she finds herself up against an anti-vampire organisation called “The Fellowship of the Sun” who are doing all they can to convince the world that vampires are an abomination and should be eliminated, along with any human who associates with them.
Cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse is on a streak of bad luck. First, her coworker is murdered and no one seems to care. Then she’s face-to-face with a beastly creature that gives her a painful and poisonous lashing. Enter the vampires, who graciously suck the poison from her veins (like they didn’t enjoy it).
Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the blood-suckers asks for a favour, she complies. And soon, Sookie’s in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She’s suppose to interview certain humans involved. There’s just one condition: The vampires must promise to behave – and let the humans go unharmed. Easier said than done. All it takes is one delicious blonde and one small mistake for things to turn deadly…
I enjoyed this book a lot. The story was a bit more action packed than the first and Charlaine Harris was able to develop the characters further, showing the reader that there is more to Sookie Stackhouse than meets they eye. It was a fun story (just like Dead until Dark) and really help set up the tone of the coming books a lot better than the first. I feel that in this book, you can really feel Charlaine Harris growing as a writer and series storyteller. Right after i finished this book I found myself picking up Club Dead and starting on that to see what is going to happen with Sookie. Like the last book it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is what makes this series so enjoyable. It’s a nice change from heavy literature.