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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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Product Details

  • Series: Dexter
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 5th or later Edition edition (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307474925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307474926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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37 of 40 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 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Marquez on September 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Talley on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This review will contain some mild spoilers.

This book presents us with a version of Dexter we've (thankfully) never really seen before. Dexter the Ineffective. We're used to seeing Dexter taking on his problems with his delicious craftiness. But here Dexter has to be dragged by others into almost every situation and even when he finds himself in the midst of events he fails to take a stand or do anything useful virtually every time.

Dexter lets someone who's clearly a bad influence on Cody and Astor push their dark buttons and never confronts them. He never questions things this person says that should have been GIANT red flags that they were up to no good. He has to be pushed into almost every aspect of the main case of the story and has to have others pull his bacon out of the fire multiple times. Daring and Deadly Dexter this is not!

Dexter aside, Deb did a real personality shift this issue and became almost intolerable. Her reveal at end could be seen coming a mile away and added an almost painful level of schmaltz to the last chapter. Honestly, schmaltz in Dexter. Has the world gone mad?

On the upside I do have to give Lindsay credit for a few things. The crux of what's going on is wonderfully twisted even if it is clearly inspired by a rather infamous crime in Europe from a few years back. Dexter's narration has some very funny moments and the final fight at the end was set up to be wonderfully over the top. Sadly, what could have been crazy awesome mostly falls flat on its face but the potential was clearly there.

Overall, I'm glad I borrowed this from the library rather than paying for it. But Dexter fans would get more out of the show at this point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edwin on September 28, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Dexter is one of my guilty pleasures. In this installment, Dexter struggles with the contradiction between being a Dad and a serial killer. As the father of a 5 year old boy, I can relate (to the Dad part, not the serial killer part!) The book crackles with Linday's usual wit. I laughed out loud at the confrontation with Sgt. Doakes - you'll know what I mean when you get to that part.

As other reviewers have mentioned, this time Dexter's sister Deb is almost the main character. Dexter is definitely not in control as he is buffeted between Deb's manic pursuit of a cannibal click, the unexpected reappearance of someone from his past, daddyhood and his Dark Passenger (who pouts when Dexter won't come out to play).

I heard this as an audio book, read by the author, who is a very good reader and clearly very familiar with the material. ;-) Although I enjoyed the reading immensely, it might be even better in written form because the story does drag in a few places.
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