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Dearly Devoted Dexter Hardcover – August 25, 2010
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Acclaim for Jeff Lindsay’s Dearly Devoted Dexter and the Dexter series:
“Highly original and offbeat. . . . A macabre work of art.”
—The Miami Herald
“Adrenaline-pumping gore balanced with large doses of hilarious black humor.”
“Creepily over the top.”
—The New York Times Book Review
“One of the most likable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature.”
—The New Yorker
“Demonology has a dastardly new darling. . . . 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
“Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love.”
“Like a breath of fresh air blowing across all of crime-novel conventions, there is Dexter.”
—The Denver Post
“With chills like this, you can skip the air-conditioning.”
“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. . . . So enjoyable.”
“Dexter’s captivating, first-person account is a genuinely exciting read.”
—Time Out New York
“Dexter is a fascinating character, though he’s not the kind of guy you’d like to invite to dinner.”
—New York Post
“A fresh, inventive slice of crime fiction that turns the axis of good and evil . . . upside down. A psychological thriller in the best sense of the genre.”
—South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“In creating a singularly unique killer, Lindsay also manages to create a few sleepless nights for the reader.”
—The Anniston Star
“[Dexter] is tremendously likeable, his hobby not withstanding.”
—St. Petersburg Times
“Lindsay gets high marks for originality, atmosphere, vibrant action scenes and having the brass to write this in the first place.”
—Tulsa World --Tulsa World
About the Author
Jeff Lindsay is the New York Times bestselling author of the Dexter novels, which debuted in 2004 with Darkly Dreaming Dexter. They are the basis of the hit Showtime and CBS series, Dexter. He lives in South Florida with his family.
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Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: twisted people
Trigger Warnings: murder, torture, vivisection
My Thoughts: This book opens with a scene that plays on our expectations of Dexter... and then turns them on their ear. I just love that! This book is filled with scenes like that, scenes that turn our expectations against us and make us look at things from a slightly different perspective.
Watching Dexter's complete confusion over how to deal with Rita is always hilarious. However, I always wondered why no one ever mentioned that the ring was actually Kyle's and that Dexter would need to somehow retrieve it for him. That wasn't the only comment in the book that didn't really make sense. There is a scene toward the end where Dexter thinks to himself about the three remaining potential victims being unaware, and includes Acosta among them, although Acosta not only was aware but had fled. I was a bit surprised something like that would make it through the final editing process. However, these are very minor things, and with all the busyness, I'm sure a lot of people would not even noticed these minor, questionable situations.
I remember back when I first read this book I was so excited to see where the series was going with the children. I still find this a really interesting idea, and was disappointed when the TV series did not include this. I suppose involving the children was just too much and not nearly "sexy" enough, but to me I much prefer the direction the story is going in the books over what I saw in the first four seasons of the TV show.
If you have a really dark and twisted sense of humor, and like reading about rather dark and twisted vigilantes, then you definitely need to spend some time with Dexter Morgan.
Series Information: Dexter Morgan series
Book 1: Darkly Dreaming Dexter, review linked here
Book 2: Dearly Devoted Dexter
Book 3: Dexter in the Dark
Book 4: Dexter by Design
Book 5: Dexter is Delicious
Book 6: Double Dexter
Book 7: Dexter's Final Cut
Disclosure: I purchased this book for myself. All opinions are my own.
Synopsis: Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer--especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world's first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?
In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami--a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter's dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective), is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster--but it isn't until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first...
In this book we find out much more about Dexter, and I DO love the witty little phrases and the description of the dark passenger as a symbiotic entity. I love Dexter's sense of, in my opinion, completely justified vigilantism. I love that he takes out the epitome of what could be considered human trash (you'll see when you read what kind of killers he disposes of). I liked the details of the case in this one. The suspense was sometimes unbearable and I couldn't wait to pick the book up again. I really like Deb in the books and how Dexter thinks he doesn't care about her, but it is so evident to the reader he does.
There was one spot--let me say it was a VERY interesting twist on one of the characters from the show--where something is revealed to the reader about said character and Dexter doesn't get it. Given what Dexter is, that didn't ring true for me. That I would get it before Dexter does, given his upbringing, just didn't fit. But that being said, this little plot development will make the books so very interesting. I can't wait to see where that goes.
Also, there is a detail about something Rita finds that I don't picture looking like what she would think it should be. I don't want to give anything away, but because of what it is, I don't see how she can mistake it for something else. I am disappointed in the flatness and lack of detail in her character, but that is just because she was my favorite on the show and I want to see that same character come to life in the same way. But that is unfair to the author I realize. He'd already written her this way.
GREAT crime element the author comes up with. There is a scene where all these seasoned Miami cops are standing outside sick and disturbed by what they've found. I was thinking, 'Ok, can the author really come up with something that would elicit that kind of reaction from these cops?' The answer is, oh yes he did. It was shocking and horrible to imagine. Very good job there.
These books are really good. I've said before I'm a detail person in my own writing, so I'm always looking for more. Some scenes seem to end prematurely, and I'd like to see more character development in some of the characters, but I also realize I can't really expect every writer to employ the same style I do. I just wanted more in a few spots.
So because I think there could have been more details, that is the only thing holding me back from offering 5 stars, that and a few small problems I mention above. But it is a fun, exciting read that leaves the reader wanting more. And the character that is Dexter is loveable despite his faults and there are some extremely novel ideas and quips throughout. I can't wait to read more in the series. 4.5 stars!