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Double Dexter Hardcover – October 18, 2011
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"Double Dexter is Lindsay's strongest outing as he richly delves into Dexter's very scarred psyche....Dexter continues to be one of the genre's most unusual heroes." South Florida Sun-Sentinal
"Lindsay's sharp and wicked wit is in full view in this installment...[Double Dexter] had me laughing out loud." USA Today
RAVES FOR JEFF LINDSAY’S ORIGINAL DEXTER NOVELS
“[A] macabre tour-de-force.” —New York Times Book Review
“Lindsay’s original, cockeyed view of the world is alive and well.” —Los Angeles Times
“Delicious and delightful might not be the best words to describe a serial killer. Unless, of course, we’re talking about the delectable Dexter Morgan. . . . Lindsay, the novelist, just keeps getting better.” —USA Today
About the Author
JEFF LINDSAY is the New York Times best-selling author and creator of the Dexter novels, most recently Dexter Is Delicious. 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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While I managed to finish it, it was not a totally enjoyable read.
In fact I found the main plot of the Witness a bit (if not a lot) torturous. Of course it reminded me if the show and one of my least favorite seasons where the Michael C. Hall Dexter has a Witness problem of his own.
But I digress. This book dragged on and on about this Witness and I guess I just got tired of it. There were just too many failed attempts and Dexter starts to seem kind of inept -- for example, how many of us knew his computer had been hacked? And since I read these because of Dexter's character, I don't enjoy it when he is bumbling. That isn't the Dex I want to read about.
The Key West dissing was tedious (okay, I get it, it's an unpleasant place), and the ending was over the top silly and contrived. And I know it may sound strange, but Dexter killing without the Passenger is not very thrilling. I missed the "we," and kept waiting for it. When it didn't happen I was disappointed.
The other subplot about Rita and the affair just felt like filler to me. Not fun. Not interesting. It just seemed pointless.
I guess if you were to ask me if there was anything I liked... Cody and Astor are growing on me. There is a scene near the end where Astor is wailing away on the Witness and it's pretty fun.
The irony is that this is a very Dexter-centric story. And... After the fifth book that should be welcome news, but this Dexter isn't quite what I am hoping for.
I have enjoyed the Dexter novels since the television series came out. I have read the Dexter series in order and when I reached "Double Dexter"...mmmmm. This one was hard to get through.
First, although the plot was interesting and exciting, when I read closer to the end it felt like I was reading something from an author running WAY LATE for their deadline.
As I realize this is fiction, most of this series is very detailed and somewhat believeable. But Double Dexter was just the opposite. The ending was like a bad Stalone movie - totally unbelievable and ridiculous!
I'll digress and discuss the plot. Dexter is caught "working" by an unknown person who learns of his identity. Between Dexter blending into a regular human and his "other job" he has lost focus on staying ahead of the game. Throughout the novel Dexter is always a step behind as the unknown begins to taunt and threaten. Again, the plot is exciting, although there are times where the book just hits a low. And Dexter's wife needs to actually complete a whole sentence as this gets tedious.
As for the series, I will continue to read. Hopefully, the next novel wil be Lindsay at his best.