Living Dead in Dallas is #2 (of 13) in the Sookie Stackhouse vampire/mystery series by Charlaine Harris, who was born in Tunica, MS, which is not far south of Memphis. I read the first one a while back, and I have several others on my TBR shelf. This is a quick, easy, fun read. I'd say you could read this one without having read the first in the series but that the first one provides details on the characters' backgrounds that aren't belabored here. I like the series even better now that I've finished this entry, and I'll look forward to more.
FWIW, there's plenty of enthusiastically described sex in these books.
Read chapter 1 online here.
from the back of the book:
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).SF Site says, "This is the kind of book you read all day and night because you are unable to put it down." Infinity Plus closes with this: "I had a lot of fun with the first two Sookie Stackhouse novels, and I'm sure I'll return for Club Dead before too long. Highly recommended."
Point is, they saved her life. So when one of the bloodsuckers asks for a favor, she complies. And soon, Sookie's in Dallas using her telepathic skills to search for a missing vampire. She's supposed 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....