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Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter Morgan (1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Lindsay
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Book Description

The Basis for a New Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened–of himself or some other fiend.

This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Lindsay's Dexter's Final Cut.

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    Meet Dexter Morgan. He's a highly respected lab technician specializing in blood spatter for the Miami Dade Police Department. He's a handsome, though reluctant, ladies' man. He's polite, says all the right things, and rarely calls attention to himself. He's also a sociopathic serial killer whose "Dark Passenger" drives him to commit the occasional dismemberment.

    Mind you, Dexter's the good guy in this story.

    Adopted at the age of four after an unnamed tragedy left him orphaned, Dexter's learned, with help from his pragmatic policeman father, to channel his "gift," killing only those who deal in death themselves. But when a new serial killer starts working in Miami, staging elaborately grisly scenes that are, to Dexter, an obvious attempt at communication from one monster to another, the eponymous protagonist finds himself at a loss. Should he help his policewoman sister Deborah earn a promotion to the Homicide desk by finding the fiend? Or should he locate this new killer himself, so he can express his admiration for the other's "art?" Or is it possible that psycho Dexter himself, admittedly not the most balanced of fellows, is finally going completely insane and committing these messy crimes himself?

    Despite his penchant for vivisection, it's hard not to like Dexter as his coldly logical personality struggles to emulate emotions he doesn't feel and to keep up his appearance as a caring, unremarkable human being. Breakout author Jeff Lindsay's plot is tense and absorbing, but it's the voice of Dexter and his reactions to the other characters that will keep readers glued to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, as well as making it one of the most original and highly recommended serial killer stories in a long time. --Benjamin Reese

    From Publishers Weekly

    Miami blood spatter specialist Dexter Morgan is not your average monster. He occasionally gives in to the impulse to kill in order to satisfy the Dark Passenger inside his brain, but he's much more well-adjusted than the label "serial killer" implies. He has a girlfriend, a sense of humor and, thanks to the loving tutelage of his cop foster father, he dismembers only other serial killers. But his self-control is sorely tested when he agrees to help his sister, a vice cop, solve a string of murders so bizarre, and yet so familiar, that he seriously starts to wonder if he is committing them in his sleep. Voiceover artist Landrum does a superb job conveying Dexter's witty first-person narration; he seems to embody "quirky, funny, happy-go-lucky, dead-inside Dexter." With his nimble vocal chords, he also has no trouble giving voice to the story's female characters and affecting an authentic-sounding Cuban accent for the incompetent homicide detective assigned to the case. Perhaps Landrum's finest feat, however, is the chill-inducing voice he adopts for Dexter's Dark Passenger, which underscores Dexter's transformations from charming neighborhood killer into inhuman predator. Refreshingly original and expertly narrated, this audiobook should be required listening for all thriller aficionados.
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    281 of 304 people found the following review helpful
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    I usually don't read crime novels, but I'm a big fan of the Showtime series "Dexter," and I wanted to read the novel the show is based on. "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" is the first installment of Jeff Lindsay's series about Dexter Morgan, a serial killer with a conscience. Dexter routinely kills and dismembers people in and around Miami, but unlike other serial killers, Dexter has a strict moral code that he struggles to adhere to: Basically, he only kills bad guys. Dexter struggles to keep his dark side under wraps by working as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department, hanging out with his foster sister, and even having a girlfriend. However, he always succumbs to his "Dark Passenger" and cannot suppress the urge to kill. When a new serial killer begins preying on Miami hookers, Dexter becomes intrigued by his new colleague and is intent on connecting with the murderer, even if it means exposing his own dark secrets.

    This book was pretty good. Unlike most crime novels, which I usually think are very poorly written, "Darkly Dreaming Dexter" is composed of a blend of dark humor, intense drama, mystery and suspense, and good old-fashioned blood and gore. I was pleasantly surprised by how much content from the book was used in Season 1 of the television series "Dexter." There are some big differences between the book and the TV show, though. The "Tamiami Butcher" is referred to as the "Ice Truck Killer" in the TV show. The characters of Angel Batista, Vince Masuka, and James Doakes are relatively minor characters in the novel and are featured much more prominently in the television series. Migdia LaGuerta (who is called Maria LaGuerta in the show) is a supporting character in the novel, but is even nastier in the book that she is in the series, if you can believe that.
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    210 of 233 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A murderously charming protagonist July 20, 2004
    Here's the deal: a good book writes its own review, triggering sufficient spontaneity to fill the page without reaching for bits of interest; this is one of those books, pushing aside all those mundane summer novels, leaving the reader with a satisfying, "Ah."
    The attractively ghoulish protagonist is a sociopath and a murderer, but one with a "conscience", unfortunately an asset as manufactured as his other feelings. But Dexter does his best, given the circumstances. Brilliant and introspective, Dexter charms from the first page, even while distracted, dismembering his latest victim. What makes Dexter's extra-curricular activity bearable is the reason he kills: Dexter only chooses victims who have perpetrated foul deeds, those who would continue harming innocents if not stopped. To be honest, who hasn't secretly applauded the occasional vigilante who takes justice in his own hands, balancing the scales a bit?
    Essentially passionless in his pursuit of evil-doers, Dexter is an elegant ghoul, fascinated by blood, the essence of human life. With the self-control of a recently sated vampire, Dexter is intelligent and thorough in his murderous pursuits. Like Rice's Vampire Lestat, this more human predator has a dark, romantic appeal, his dispassionate regard for "necessary" murders seductive and curiously erotic.
    Dexter spends his days as a blood spatter analyst for the Miami Dade PD, the perfect job for keeping up with current crime scenes and maintaining a cover, not to mention the chance to troll for other deserving victims. Lurking behind his public self, Dexter is as secure as a serial killer can be. Until another killer shows up, perfectly modeling Dexter's MO.
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    112 of 125 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Dexter: friendly, sick, and utterly thrilling July 23, 2004
    Jeff Lindsay's first novel is gruesome but fascinating in a Silence-of-the-Lambs sort of way (the narrator, who is trying to catch the serial killer, is himself a serial killer). Dexter is a blood-spatter technician with the Miami PD, a perfect job for someone who cuts live people up as a hobby, I suppose!

    Relative to Hannibal, Dexter is actually fairly likeable, and the reader finds him/herself strangely "on Dexter's side" as he simultaneously admires and tries to find the killer.

    Lindsay has a real knack for plotting; the book moves very swiftly. The end result is the best thriller in ages, and I'm sure we'll see more of Dexter in sequels very soon.
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    55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Takes One to Know One September 4, 2004
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    We've had quadriplegic detectives, drunken PIs, little old lady investigators, ethically challenged policemen, and a myriad other crime solvers who have various physical and mental quirks. So how can we come up with a new and unique expert crime investigator? Well, why hasn't anyone ever thought of it before, a police department employee who solves serial killer crimes, and is himself a serial killer? As the eminent Thomas Henry Huxley said after reading Darwin's new book on evolution in 1859, "Why didn't I think of that.?"

    Our hero (?) is Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter specialist with the Miami police department. Dexter murders people in his free time, and happily admits that he is a sociopath, and, in his own terms, is really not quite human. Though he has a girlfriend, for the sake of appearances, he has no sexual desires, and is incapable of love. He does care for his sister who is a cop, and decides to help her find a serial killer. It's really difficult for him to do this, as he greatly admires the technique of the man he sets out to apprehend.

    How on earth can we God fearing readers identify with a sociopathic killer, and wish him well? Well, for one thing, he is often quite witty, and that goes a long way with me. And he isn't a boozer or a womanizer -in fact he rejects the advances of a female detective-, and those are kind of good traits I guess. He is also a pretty good sleuth as well he should be, having the same hobby as the man he is chasing.

    I was a little disappointed in how things worked out, as the author injects a bit of farfetchedness into the final part, but this is the first of a series, and I am looking forward to the next book. I am also booking a special appointment with my psychiatrist in an effort to find out why I would actually like this sort of story.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Deeply Shallow Dexter
    Not nearly as good as the show, I certainly would not invest in the rest of the series. Beach trash book.
    Published 4 days ago by Tom Cloud
    5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it!
    Didn't quite know what to expect but after hearing so much about the TV series I had to give it a try- can't wait to start the next book!
    Published 6 days ago by Jane Susan Andraka
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 11 days ago by Elizabeth
    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
    I loved the show so it was cool to read what it was based in. I'm glad it was a little different.
    Published 12 days ago by Gwen Winsor
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere near as good as the show.
    This book is very mediocre. It isn't anywhere near as good as the show. This book is supposed to represent season 1 but about 90% of it is skipped. Read more
    Published 15 days ago by Anthony
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
    I love the tv series and this is another great way to enjoy Dexter and Deb. It's a little different than the first season plus Dexter is more crazy and kind of poetic in the books. Read more
    Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible last episode of "DEXTER" the serial killer from Showtime!...
    Incredible last episode of "DEXTER" the serial killer from Showtime! Outstanding Acting and Story incredibly well done despite the subject matter!
    Published 17 days ago by Skip Gibson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Different
    Considerably different from the TV show, yet still wonderful. The characters such as deb, soaked, and Masuka are not as big in the book as in the TV show.
    Published 19 days ago by JP Francoeur
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I loved the TV show and the books go deeper into the characters. I enjoyed reading this book.
    Published 23 days ago by kimberly
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
    Kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more!
    Published 23 days ago by Cassie Valle
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    JEFF LINDSAY is the author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter. He lives in Florida with his wife and children.

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    What is the order?
    The order are as follows

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter (2004)
    Dearly Devoted Dexter (2005)
    Dexter in the Dark (2007)
    Dexter by Design (2009)
    Dexter is Delicious (Forthcoming)
    Feb 2, 2010 by Mashinkun |  See all 2 posts
    who's Blood slide was in his pocket? in end of darkly dreaming dexter?
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    Why isn't this book available at Audible?
    You want something to read that is Darker than Dexter and scarier than The Exorcist, try this new book, SEVEN-X.. Here's the link.
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    American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis maybe? Granted, it's a far cry from Lindsay's style, but you literally spend the entire book inside the killer's head. There are echoes of Dexter in the main character, Patrick Bateman. Don't judge it by the movie, if you've seen it, it's a shadow of the... Read More
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