The Dallas vampire's associate Hugo accompanies Sookie, who discovers that he is a traitor. Eric tricks Sookie into ingesting his blood so that he will be connected to her.
Sookie returns to Bon Temps after arguing with Bill but the pair later reconcile.
Harris went on to establish the protagonist of the series.
Several murders occur in Bon Temps with Sookie's brother Jason and Bill both becoming suspects due to the presence of fang marks on the victims and to their previous relationships with Jason.After Jason is arrested, Sookie visits a vampire bar, Fangtasia, in an attempt to discover if any vampires knew the victims.Sookie meets vampire sheriff Eric Northman, who discovers her telepathy.Deprived of blood, Bill drinks from Sookie and rapes her. On the way back to Bon Temps two people raid a gas station while looking for Sookie and Eric. She is persuaded by Eric's second in command, Pam Ravenscroft, to allow him to live with her.
At Sookie's house Eric and Sookie are attacked by several werewolves who are then killed. Sookie learns that a witch coven is believed responsible for Eric's memory loss. Sookie has sex with Eric and falls in love with him.The author said that to do this she would include "all the elements I loved: mystery, the supernatural, bloody adventure, and a dash of romance.