Barmaid Sookie Stackhouse is a most unusual personshe has telepathic powers and is always willing to lend an ear to a friend. She's also happily involved with handsome Bill Compton, who just happens to be a vampire.

After attending an orgy-type party, her flamboyantly gayand very niceco-worker Lafayette is found dead in a police officer's car. No one else seems to care, so Sookie launches her own investigation. Before she can make much headway, Bill's vampire pals need her helpa Dallas vamp is missing, and they need her telepathy skills to help hunt him down. She agrees to do so, provided the vampires behave themselvesno killing humans!

She and Bill set off for Dallas, which has lots of trendy places for "Fangbangers," people who like to hang out with vampires. Before they can find the missing vamp, though, they must deal with the Fellowship of the Sun, an anti-vampire cult more bloodthirsty than the bloodsuckers themselves!

Light-hearted and appealing, LIVING DEAD IN DALLAS is a real charmer. The mystery is puzzling and it's easy to see why Sookie is so taken with undead Bill! (Apr., 272 pp., $6.50)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg