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Product Details

  • Series: Dexter
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 5 edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307474925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307474926
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Authors are often poor narrators of their work—happily this is not the case with Jeff Lindsay, who brings a perfect performance to the narration of his latest novel starring Dexter, the charismatic, sociopathic serial killer. Life for Dexter has taken a major turn. He is now the father of a new baby daughter, Lily Anne, and this extraordinary event has him putting away his knives and duct tape and vowing to extinguish the dark murderous flame that has flared inside him for so long. But some vows are easier kept than others, and when he becomes involved in the investigation of a possible cult of cannibals, it's just possible that he will be drawn back to being the dark Dexter of old. Lindsay's wry reading proves that he knows Dexter and his world better than anyone. With a clear, controlled voice, he pulls the listener into the story, keeping the tone light even when describing the grisliest scenes, but he's more than capable of conveying danger and suspense. With material that alternates dizzyingly between the disturbing and humorous, listeners will cringe and chuckle from beginning to end. A Doubleday hardcover. (Oct.)
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There are two Dexter Morgans, the one you see on television (in the hit series Dexter) and the one Lindsay writes about in his books. They’re sort of the same guy but not really: the TV Dexter feels like a fictional version of the “real” Dexter from the books. In his fifth novel, Lindsay paints Dexter, who works as a blood-spatter expert for the Miami Police Department, into a corner. He’s got a new baby, a beautiful little girl, and he really, really wants to live like a normal human, to leave his Dark Passenger behind and stop all this murder stuff (in case you’re a newbie, he only kills other killers, people who have evaded justice). But when he catches a case involving missing girls, vampirism, and cannibalism, he has a rough time keeping his homicidal urges in check. The novel, as usual, straddles the fine line between drama and satire, and as usual, it’s Dexter’s battle with his inner demons, his struggle to put a human face on his monstrous self, that takes center stage. Faithful readers will note that their favorite homicidal monster has made some real progress on that front: Lindsay has inched the character a teensy bit closer to normality. (But not too close: that would take all the fun out of it.) Recommend this one highly to fans of both the novels and the television series. --David Pitt --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on September 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dexter is back! I think it's fair to say that most people who will be picking up the latest installment of Dexter's misadventures "Dexter is Delicious" will be familiar with the subject matter--if not from the novels, then from the Showtime series. Author Jeff Lindsay returns with the wry and macabre humor that I have come to love--but it's hard to know how to evaluate "Dexter is Delicious." As a stand alone, I was entertained by its over-the-top plotting and Dexter's ever entertaining inner monologue. However, if I look at it in context--it falls somewhere in the middle ground. It is definitely more successful than Lindsay's last two installments (that's a BIG plus), but it does falls short of his initial two forays into the heart of evil. Understandably, Lindsay has wanted the Dexter character to evolve by becoming more adult, and by extension more human, but that has tamped down the danger of the Dark Passenger which made the character so exhilarating in the first place.

The Dexter that is "delicious" is decidedly less deadly. With a new baby, the Dark Urges play second fiddle to diaper changes and daddy doting. In an amusing, but lightweight plot, Dexter and Debbie are hot on the track of a missing girl. This quickly leads to a second missing girl, vampire wannabes, and a cult who just might want to serve Dexter for dinner. There's nothing ground breaking here--but it's fun and fast paced. Many of the recurring characters are sidelined or are given abbreviated roles. More substantially, Rita still dithers to comic affect and Debbie is still the most annoying cop on the beat. (Don't even get me started on appropriate or remotely believable police procedure when it comes to Debbie).
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. Marquez on September 13, 2010
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Dexter is Delicious continues where the previous book left off. Dexter now has a baby and all the responsibilities of a father that comes with it. In Dexter in the Dark, the previous novel, the author had personified Dexter's Dark Passenger and this novel follows that same path.

Throughout the book, the Dark Passenger has short dialogues with Dexter and shows impatience, frustration, and even sulks. Although I got used to this supernatural feel from the previous novel, I still long for the style of writing where his inner self was still Dexter, yet darker.

Deborah plays a huge role in this novel and the story is slow at first. Unfortunately, the novel felt more like a story about Deb in the Dexter perspective. Dexter constantly follows Deb around while she pieces together a crime that centers around cannibalism. It makes Dexter's character feel more like a cameraman in an episode of 'Cops'. Deborah herself is colder than her usual potty-mouth self. She argues, quite heavily, with every single person she interacts with as they drive to point A to point B to point C in Miami traffic. Yes the traffic is bad, I get it.

Still, the suspense is there as always and Dexter's wit and humor is still at 100 percent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SonofDust on October 10, 2012
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I always find with audio books that it is best to get ones that are not narrated by the author. I had high hopes that this would prove me wrong- it didn't. Found it quite difficult to get through each disk with the narration. But still the story was intriguing so I pressed on.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Strozeski on December 1, 2010
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Sure wish that Nick Landrum was the narrator for this book. It's a much better book than the last one, but it will take you a while to get used to Lindsay. It's too bad... I liked the way Landrum was Dexter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SCSimmons87 on June 29, 2012
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This book angered me more than any other Dexter up until this point and makes me question if Jeff Lindsay is capable of writing another mystery novel. What starts off as a possibly promising mystery, quickly turns into a writer's battle for a higher page count. Important details are glossed over until characters are practically beaten over the head with them a dozen times, thus increasing the page count. Details are continuously repeated, thus increasing the page count. Characters make pointless, out of character actions, again, to lead to a series of events that will increase the page count. Altogether, what it comes down to is Lindsay overextending everything in order to turn what would be an 80 page story (100 tops) into a novel. The only redeeming quality that prevents this from being a one star review is that Dexter's original wit is still present, even if only in the narration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary C. Marfin on March 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
As if Miami doesn't already have enough of its plate, Dexter and his cop sister, Deborah, have discovered a coven of cannibals while trying to locate Samantha Aldovar, eighteen and a student at a "rich kids school," Ransom Everglades. You got to like the droll humor in that school's name: Ransom Everglades should really be Ransom Us High. Mr. Lindsay's novel moves on numerous tracks, running parallel throughout the novel. Dexter Morgan has a new daughter, Lily Anne, and a new found excitement over the prospect of becoming a 9-5:00 dad. However ready Dexter may be to join the ranks of normal fathers, the outside world does not make it easy for Daddy Dex. By the end of the novel, a coven of cannibals is found to be operating in an abandoned amusement park. Samantha, it seems, is quite willing on the menu. The attempt to rescue her from herself is not easy. Let it suffice to say that saving Samantha is no sure thing, requiring as it does the astute premonitions of Dexter's inner passenger, and more than a little help from Brian, Dexter's brother.

Dexter is Delicious holds your attention throughout. Lindsay strikes a nice balance between creating characters with depth on the one hand, and retaining the flow of action on the other. My one regret is Alana Costa. Alana emerges somewhat late in the novel. Spending so little time with such a fascinating character can be frustrating. Anyway, it would have been interesting to watch Lindsay develop Alana at a deeper level, a level that would have allowed readers the opportunity to watch Alana deploy her lethal combination of talents and traits -- her selfishness and sexuality, her capacity to manipulate and command, her desire to toy, and her raw determination.
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