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Dexter's Final Cut: Dexter Morgan (7) Paperback – June 3, 2014
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"Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love."—Entertainment Weekly
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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.
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.
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've read all these up to here and found this one a page turner. Who's we've been let into Dexter's dark places, these stories were witty and sometimes rather safe and a bit... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Roddy Dryer
Dexter in love? This is s far cry from the greatness of the other Dexter books. His wit and charm still remain but he becomes a school boy in love which is almost too much to take... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I found Final Cut to be a lot better than Double! The last one was 90% dexter talking to himself 10% the actual "case" Dex is working on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jonathan
I have to agree with previous reviewers complaining about the sudden emotions of Dexter. If he had been shown to slowly develop some over the last book or two things would be... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Will Jones
If books could 'jump the shark' the way tv shows do, I'd say that happened in the last book, with the actual shark. This book is completely out of character for Dexter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PoliticalRevolution
The plot of this book took the reader into new territory, the fun of watching Dexter struggle fits nicely into the theme of all the books.Published 3 months ago by Peter J. Stidd