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Dexter's Final Cut: Dexter Morgan (7) Paperback – June 3, 2014

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Book 7 of 8 in the Dexter Series

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Killer Acclaim for Jeff Lindsay's DEXTER novels:
 
"Lindsay just keeps getting better. His stories are wonderfully fresh." --USA Today

"One of the most likable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature."--The New Yorker
 
"Gory? Yes. Appalling? Absolutely! Funny? Amazingly so!"--Los Angeles Times
 
"Totally captivating. . . . Totally original. The characters are beautifully drawn, particularly Dexter, who is tremendously likable, his hobby notwithstanding."--St. Petersburg Times

"Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love."—Entertainment Weekly
 
"The real appeal of this macabre tour-de-force is Dexter's sardonic voice, so snappy and smart, and yet so full of self-loathing that we hate ourselves for laughing."—The New York Times Book Review
 
"It's like very little else you've read. Imagine if Hannibal Lecter starred in CSI: Miami instead of David Caruso, and you're halfway there.”—Time
 
"Just when you think (hope?) that the tired and rarely credible device of the serial killer next door has hit a wall, along comes a writer like Jeff Lindsay to prove you wrong." –Chicago Tribune
 
"An entertaining, funny series that draws us in and makes us root, almost against our will, for a ruthless, yet appealing killer." --The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 

About the Author

JEFF LINDSAY is the New York Times best-selling author and creator of the Dexter novels, most recently Double Dexter. He lives in south Florida with his wife and three daughters. His novels are the inspiration for the hit Showtime and CBS series Dexter.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dexter
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard; Reprint edition (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345802586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345802583
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (301 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,938 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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After waiting a few months for this book to swoop in and wrap up what has otherwise been a thoroughly cringe-inducing and fantastic suspense series, this fell completely flat. What I've loved about the Dexter books, in particular over the Showtime series, is that the character remains unemotional yet steady in his resolve to hide his character. His inner soliloquies are peppered with deadpan fare about what's "right" and what's morally ambiguous in his universe, but he projects such a relatable and human exterior to everyone around him (aside from Doakes, of course).

In Dexter's Final Cut, Dexter becomes a whining, self-indulgent anti-hero who does not go through a ritual kill and instead moons after a movie star because she's not as old (or at least, old-looking) as Rita. The plot is predictable, and there are multiple story lines opened without a close (why do Jackie and Robert hate each other that much? What is the point of Renny's shadow? What happened to Cody and Lily Ann? Where did Doakes go?). All in all, I enjoyed the book enough to finish it, but it's not something I'll probably read again.
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For those of you who are meeting Dexter for the first time expecting the book to follow the Showtime show you will be sorely disappointed, and those of you who know Dexter intimately through the novels will even be more disappointed. I loved the first few books, however after the "Dark Passenger" met a vampire (my memory is a little foggy to which novel this took place) I dropped the novels until this one was offered through Vine.

I enjoyed the book with some caveats and one major flaw. Dexter shows a wanderlust that cripples his other abilities which makes no sense. Dexter and Debra are assigned to be technical advisers to a crime drama set in Miami and when a killer shows up stalking the female lead, Dexter is assigned to be her bodyguard and perhaps a bit more. The writing will be familiar and somewhat satisfying as he goes about his ritual of stalking the killer, yet the interaction between his charge and he leaves him outside of his comfort zone, dumbing down his senses to the point that the reader will shake the book in fury trying to wake up their favorite character into action instead of idle thinking.

Cody, Astor, and Rita make appearances throughout the book annoying Dexter and this reader to the point where I wished Dexter would just kill all three of them to silence their whining. There is only so much a reader can take of the same message delivered 75 different ways.

The end of this book left me angry as the implausibility of the events that takes place ruins the entire reading experience. When you get to the last 20 pages it invalidates the whole novel as Lindsay's editor whispered in his ear to wrap it up and dump the other pages in the Atlantic. I can guarantee any true fan of Dexter will marvel at the disgust they will feel upon putting the book down. If there is another book forthcoming I will be skipping it as the best was written 10 years ago and the magic hasn't been recaptured since.
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The ending was terrible! I was dumfounded. How can you do this to your readers! I've read every Dexter book and thought they were all excellent. I had the rug pulled from under my feet. Total shocker!
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What has happened to our loveable original Dexter? He was a man who would pride himself on enforcing a personal code that brought slippery villains to his own brand of justice. What would have previously been presented as a calculated and clandestine hunt has turned into a pedestrian murder, one that could easily be mistaken as an accident. There is no detailed vivisection nor witty taunting of the evil predator as he is taken to task for his actions and earns his eventual terminal reward. In this edition Dexter has turned into a detective and bodyguard. Unfortunately he is not very adept at either job.

What we have here is a bored family man who realizes that there is more to life than what he has settled for. Dexter somehow morphs into a (somewhat) normal human male who becomes emotionally and sexually involved with a glamorous movie star. Good heavens! How could this happen? Who wouldn't be absolutely "over the rainbow" happy with such a lovely family? Rita the Rattled. Angry and Annoying Astor. Cold and Calculating Cody. And the Lovely Lilly Anne. And let's not forget the Dark Passsenger, a singular character who appears to be napping through most of this story.

The most interesting aspect of this new installment is the skillful handling of the maturing 11 year old Astor who is entering puberty while also nurturing her own Dark Passenger. It is hard enough for a preteen to enter her major formative years without also having to adjust to the growth and blossoming of a deadly presence within her. This appears to be just a taste of what is to come. Bring it!

Let's hope that Dumb Disillusioned Dexter returns to his original devious and dangerous self. He is loveable in his own curious way but is way out of character in this iteration.
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I had so looked forward to this latest installment and was quite disappointed. Where to begin? The author laboriously describes in minutiae Dexter's thoughts and "feelings". The plot is weak and the finale improbable. A very disappointing ending to an otherwise captivating series.
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