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Dexter in the Dark Paperback – September 2, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
In Lindsay's third novel to feature endearing Miami cop and serial killer Dexter Morgan (after 2005's Darkly Devoted Dexter), the Dark Passenger, the voice inside Dexter's head that from time to time drives him to the Theme Park of the Unthinkable, inexplicably disappears while Morgan is investigating a gruesome double murder on the University of Miami campus. The crime scene, at which two co-eds were ritualistically burned and beheaded, gives even the human vivisection–loving vigilante the creeps. As the burned and beheaded body count continues to mount, Morgan realizes that the force behind the killings is something even more evil than his Dark Passenger. Though the macabre wit that powered the first two installments of this delightfully dark series (also a hit on TV's Showtime) is still evident, this third entry takes a decidedly deep introspective turn as Dexter is forced to contemplate not only life without his enigmatic companion but also who—or what—he truly is. (Sept.)
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Jeff Lindsay has created a fascinating antihero in Dexter, now the star of a popular Showtime television series. Critics were relieved to find that Dexter’s small-screen success has had no effect on Lindsay’s fast-paced plotting, absorbing characters, and delicious black humor. Dexter in the Dark, the third in the series, is longer than its predecessors, which allows Lindsay to delve deeper into Dexter’s psyche. Some critics were pleased, while others felt that Dexter’s longwinded self-analyses detracted from the storyline. According to the Denver Post, "readers who have not yet met Dexter can enjoy reading the latest without starting at the beginning." Returning admirers of this original, offbeat series will be happy to know that a fourth installment is in the works.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The stories are alike enough that I easily recognize my favorite character but by using the family/friends/co-workers in different manners it almost seems to be totally different storylines.
The ONLY thing I was disappointed in in the novels was some of Dexter's co-workers nicknames that were used. I found myself getting lost in trying to determine the reason for the references, i.e., Sgt Angel Batista-no-relation. Relation to what??? A few other characters had similar treatment and four books in and I still have no clue what the meaning is supposed to be.
Lindsay's writing is slick, sardonic, and imaginative. Dexter expresses thoughts and feelings we might only utter under our breath. So Bravo Jeff Lindsay! I applaud you for taking the risk in exposing the less than savory, emasculated side of Dexter: as all men, even serial killers, can feel that way at some point. Frankly, I am tired of superheroes. Lindsay has given the world an imperfect monster we can all love, despair for, and cheer for. Dexter gives us hope in that we might all understand and connect with our shadow.
On to book 4!
The introduction of a second narrator is a real (in my view) mistake. The idea of a sociopath telling his story from (Surprise, Surprise!!, his point of view) was part of the appeal of the first two books. The world (and story) revolved around him, was told from his point of view and readers got to see him as he had found a way to forge almost real bonds with the world around him and the other people he thinks so little of. He was the serial killer who was on our (the readers) side.
The jump to the story line involving a god from the dawn of time coming to Miami to find and do battle with Dexter moved this from a fantastic dark comedy to a poor fantasy/mythical story.
It's a dull read and a poor follow-up to the two great books before.