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Dearly Devoted Dexter Paperback – September 19, 2006
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Lindsay's Dexter narrates his own story; in combination with Dexter's easy-going friendly manner and his strangely "good-guy" motivations (catch the villain), this leads the reader to be on Dexter's side, to see things through his eyes, so to speak.
So occasionally while reading this book I would suddenly realize I was rooting for someone who would give Hannibal Lecter a run for his money, and a cold shiver would run down my spine. Very sneaky, Mr. Lindsay! If you like getting creeped out, in true horror-movie fashion, this will definitely suit you. On the other hand, if you couldn't bear "Silence of the Lambs," you'd best run away from Dexter before he gets inside your head....brrrrr....
I wondered if author Jeff Lindsay would be able to pull off another novel about the endearingly inhuman Dexter without reverting to telling the same story twice. He did an admirable job doing just that. As in his first story, Lindsay combines humor along with Dexter's dispassionate acknowledgment as an unfeeling monster. But this time, he provides several fresh new facets to Dexter's personality: first his new role as a reluctant domesticated man, and second his innate understanding of, and gentleness with, children. This short book is a quick and entertaining read. I recommend it for its innovative depiction of a murderous psychopath that a reader can actually like and root for.
Okay...enough of my feeble attempt at replicating Jeff Lindsay's lively alliterative style. But if you found the above paragraph remotely entertaining, you're sure to find Lindsay's skilled pen far more enjoyable. His "positively prancing prose", as I referred to it in my reviews of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, makes the book a joy to read. Even more fascinating is that we're in Dexter's head the entire time, as Dexter himself is the narrator.
For an emotionless killer, Dexter has a great sense of humor and his cold detachment from everyday life makes his insights into the human psyche even more amusing and telling. For example, "I have always felt that it was preferable to think with my brain, rather than with certain other wrinkled parts located slightly south. I mean, seriously, don't people ever *see* themselves, staggering around drooling and mooning, all weepy-eyed and weak-kneed and rendered completely idiotic over something even animals have enough to sense to finish quickly so that they can get on with more sensible pursuits, like finding fresh meat?"
In "Dearly Devoted Dexter", Sergeant Doakes, who Dexter believes has seen the emptiness inside of him, follows Dexter everywhere and "sits on him". Frustrated in his pursuit of a pedophile to feed his Dark Passenger, Dexter tries to live out a more normal existence, which is part of the Code of Harry - blend in.Read more ›
But that changes one morning when the victim of unspeakable torture is discovered, his limbs, tongue, genitals and eyelids systematically removed, but left alive. Dexter and Deb are recruited into an investigation by the federal government to hunt the culprit, known only as "Dr. Danco", a man who once worked for the government during one of its sordid wars in Latin America; a man who has perfected his method for torturing people for decades. And one of his targets is Doakes. But why should Dexter care?
It's the rare sequel that is an improvement over its progenitor. Jeff Lindsay's "Dearly Devoted Dexter" is such a sequel. Dexter is a little more polished as a character, a little more likeable and consistent. While he still remains distant from his sister and his girlfriend, all while putting the airs of a devoted loved one, his relationship with his girlfriend's children is more concrete, suggesting true warmth and sincerity on Dexter's part. The possibility that Dexter might actually more to offer than his ability to know and kill other creatures like him defines the character as something more than simply a literary curiosity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the book on which the television series was based. One has mixed feelings about this book. The protagonist is a serial killer.Published 2 days ago by Elizabeth Nall
This is a fantastic series of books for people with a dark sense of humor and adventure. I would highly recommend them all.Published 7 days ago by Megan Essex
These are such fun audio books. They move fast and keep interest peaked. Think of these books as unaired episodes of the show. Read morePublished 1 month ago by James
I watched the TV series and enjoyed that. The books do not follow closely along with the TV series. I really recommend reading the books for more detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Skb
I’m quite enjoying reading the books after having seen the TV show. There are similarities, but yet each medium seems separate. Uniquely their own. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Maxon
Jeff Lindsay is an excellent writer. Even though the subject matter is sometimes very grizzly, he finds a way to make it interesting and entertaining, sometimes quite funny. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shanti Karmani
Although I read nd enjoy many stories, Dexte so far has been my favoritePublished 2 months ago by Michaela M Stofey
Same characters but totally different endings.
Kind of like watching an alternate ending!! I'm going to continue with the series......
I was surprised how different the first two books were from the show. Dr Danco was an impressive surprise. Great readPublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer