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Dexter's Final Cut: A Novel (Dexter Series) Hardcover – September 17, 2013

3.5 out of 5 stars 313 customer reviews
Book 7 of 8 in the Dexter Series

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Killer Acclaim for Jeff Lindsay's DEXTER novels:
 
"Lindsay just keeps getting better. His stories are wonderfully fresh." --USA Today

"One of the most likable vigilante serial killers in recent thriller literature."--The New Yorker
 
"Gory? Yes. Appalling? Absolutely! Funny? Amazingly so!"--Los Angeles Times
 
"Totally captivating. . . . Totally original. The characters are beautifully drawn, particularly Dexter, who is tremendously likable, his hobby notwithstanding."--St. Petersburg Times

"Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love."—Entertainment Weekly
 
"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 Book Review
 
"It's like very little else you've read. Imagine if Hannibal Lecter starred in CSI: Miami instead of David Caruso, and you're halfway there.”—Time
 
"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." –Chicago Tribune
 
"An entertaining, funny series that draws us in and makes us root, almost against our will, for a ruthless, yet appealing killer." --The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
 

About the Author

JEFF LINDSAY is the New York Times best-selling author and creator of the Dexter novels, most recently Double Dexter. He lives in south Florida with his wife and three daughters. His novels are the inspiration for the hit Showtime and CBS series Dexter.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dexter Series
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (September 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385536518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385536516
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (313 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After waiting a few months for this book to swoop in and wrap up what has otherwise been a thoroughly cringe-inducing and fantastic suspense series, this fell completely flat. What I've loved about the Dexter books, in particular over the Showtime series, is that the character remains unemotional yet steady in his resolve to hide his character. His inner soliloquies are peppered with deadpan fare about what's "right" and what's morally ambiguous in his universe, but he projects such a relatable and human exterior to everyone around him (aside from Doakes, of course).

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.
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The ending was terrible! I was dumfounded. How can you do this to your readers! I've read every Dexter book and thought they were all excellent. I had the rug pulled from under my feet. Total shocker!
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For those of you who are meeting Dexter for the first time expecting the book to follow the Showtime show you will be sorely disappointed, and those of you who know Dexter intimately through the novels will even be more disappointed. I loved the first few books, however after the "Dark Passenger" met a vampire (my memory is a little foggy to which novel this took place) I dropped the novels until this one was offered through Vine.

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.
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I've been a fan of Jeff Lindsay's "Dexter" series since its inception. As with any continuing franchise, the quality of books is bound to fluctuate throughout. Some stories may resonate differently with readers, but the essence of the on-going plot threads should definitely remain consistent. Well, Dexter is back! I think it's fair to say that most people who will be picking up the latest installment of Dexter's misadventures "Dexter's Final Cut" will be familiar with the subject matter--if not from the novels, then from the Showtime series. Author Lindsay returns with the wry and macabre humor that I have come to love, but it's hard to know how to evaluate "Dexter's Final Cut." As a stand alone, I was entertained by its over-the-top plotting and Dexter's ever entertaining inner monologue. However, if I look at it in context, it doesn't remain especially true to the Dexter that I've come to know. As time progresses, Lindsay seems to want the Dexter character to evolve by becoming more adult, and by extension more human. This choice, understandable though it is, has tamped down the danger of the Dark Passenger which made the character so exhilarating in the first place.

With "Dexter's Final Cut," our favorite serial killer suffers his worst fate yet. Like a sappy schoolboy, Dexter finds love in the arms of a glamorous actress and it certainly paves new ground for our antihero. The novel's conceit (and I call it this because it is never particularly convincing) is that Deb and Dexter have been assigned as technical advisers for a new television pilot filming in Miami. Although both are reticent, this world opens up new possibilities for the pair. Dexter, as I mentioned, becomes enamored of the leading lady and spends most of the time swooning.
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I looked forward to this one coming out after reading & enjoying all the other Dexter books, but I was so disappointed. It was slow, boring and tedious to read. I had to make a real effort to finish it as I kept putting it down because nothing about it made me want to keep reading. The characters of Rita, Deb, Astor were so annoying to both Dexter & this reader. Dexter was full of drawn out, long winded analysis of every thought in his head. The plot had no spark or excitement or thrill to the point that I didn't care what happened. The worst part of this book was the ending - no satisfaction at all, only anger at myself for the time I wasted reading this book. I do not recommend it to anyone.
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