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Dearly Devoted Dexter Paperback – September 19, 2006
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“A macabre work of art.” –The Miami Herald“The first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love.” –Entertainment Weekly “Morbidly funny.”–Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review“Creepily over the top. . . Snappier than ever.”–The Oregonian“Like a breath of fresh air blowing across all of crime-novel conventions, there is Dexter.”–The Denver PostDearly Devoted Dexter is fascinating, entertaining, and brilliant. Let Jeff Lindsay introduce you to the serial killer next door—Dexter (and his Dark Passenger) are the freshest, most terrifying creations you are ever likely to meet . . . and live to tell about.”—New York Times bestselling author Robert CraisPraise for award-winning Darkly Dreaming Dexter:“A dark and devious novel about Dexter Morgan, the serial killer with a heart . . . Lindsay’s tale is daring and unexpectedly comedic.”—USA Today“A macabre tour de force . . . so snappy and smart.”—The New York Times“It’s [the] human touches, including self-pity, that make Dexter come to life and Lindsay’s book so enjoyable.”—Chicago TribuneFascinating, entertaining, and brilliant.”—Robert Crais
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He's a charming monster . . .
A macabre hero . . .
A serial killer "who only kills bad people
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 . . .
With the incredible wit and freshness that drew widespread acclaim to "Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay now takes Dexter Morgan to a new level of macabre appeal and gives us one of the most original, colorful narrators in years."
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I waited a long time to read Lindsay's books, sort of out of fear (what if I'm disappointed?!). But Amazon makes it so easy with Kindle editions (unfortunately there's no deal on buying the entire series at once -- a shame). I now think that after two books I had nothing to be afraid of.
I really enjoyed this second book. It's a great story and an intense read. I enjoy the narrative prose, and the characters (including Dexter) are different enough from the series that I don't find myself getting bored.
This one has a big wow ending with Debs that I loved.
Lindsay is a good writer -- if not a great one. His prose isn't mindblowingly amazing like some authors, but he holds your attention. I don't necessarily agree with those reviewers who complain about the redundancy -- at least it doesn't bother me overmuch.
Also to make things worse his relationships with "normal" people are getting in the way of his Dark Passenger.
How will he slip out of these circumstances? Pick this up!!!
It's Dexter's keen self-awareness that makes me feel, well, any sympathy for him. It makes me want to root for him, and in addition his wit often stems from that self-awareness. (For example, how at home he feels driving in Miami since everyone on the road seems homicidal as well.) I loved the detailed social commentary such as this, and how Jeff Lindsay manages to do it for the little details of life, as well as grander brush-strokes about life in general.
I'd forgotten quite how disturbing this particular novel was. It finds Doakes following Dexter, and someone from Doakes' past following him and his former posse. And in a circular manner, it concerns Dexter and the police force following the fellow trailing Doakes and his friends. It's nice to see the Dark Passenger a little stumped, if only because, again, it makes him a little more relatable, but more importantly, doesn't make him seem too powerful. I like my characters, even the Dark Passenger, to have flaws and weaknesses.
There are also some nice little setups in this novel. It sets up Doakes as a recurring character; as it was, he would have derailed Dexter completely in the beginning of the novel. By the end, he becomes a sustainable character, who will be a nice adversary for Dexter within the police force. It sets up Cody and Astor's true purpose within the series - and I love what Linday's done with them. (The TV series, and the writers have been very open about this from the beginning, has gone a completely different direction with the kids.) It's also set up Dexter's relationship with Rita - or should I say, in retrospect, it sets up for events in Dexter is Delicious. (I refuse to give out spoilers.)
As I said in my review for Darkly Dreaming Dexter, I think Lindsay improves with each novel. Don't get me wrong, I love every single book in the series, but I think as the series goes on, Lindsay sharpens his wit, and perhaps even gets a stronger grasp of what situations to put Dexter in, and how to dig Dexter out of those holes.