The first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series that gave life to the Dead and inspired the HBO original series True Blood. Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Bon Temps, Louisiana. She's quiet, doesn't get out much, and tends to mind her own businessexcept when it comes to her ';disability.' Sookie can read minds. And that doesn't make her too dateable. Then along comes Bill Compton. He's tall, dark, handsomeand 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. And when a string of murders hits Bon Tempsalong with a gang of truly nasty bloodsuckers looking for BillSookie starts to wonder if having a vampire for a boyfriend is such a bright idea.