Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
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The Basis for a New Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened–of himself or some other fiend.

This edition includes an excerpt from Jeff Lindsay's Dexter's Final Cut.
 

About Jeff Lindsay

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JEFF LINDSAY is the New York Times bestselling author of Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dearly Devoted Dexter, and Dexter in the Dark. His novels are the basis of the hit Showtime and CBS series, Dexter. He lives in South Florida with his family.
 
Published June 28, 2005 by Vintage. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Romance. Fiction

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A witty, grisly debut about the secret adventures of a Florida sociopath who murders only bad guys.

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Perhaps Landrum's finest feat, however, is the chill-inducing voice he adopts for Dexter's Dark Passenger, which underscores Dexter's transformations from charming neighborhood killer into inhuman predator.

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But all his life, Dexter has followed the rules set down by his cop foster father (who knew of Dexter's proclivities), to indulge his passion only by slaying other serial killers.

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Examiner

Dexter must decide between helping his sister’s career and catching and killing the man responsible for this series of murders.

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Book Reporter

The Dexter of the title is Dexter Morgan, a blood-splatter analyst.

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Suite 101

With two other unsolved murders and racial tension rising, is this town still a safe haven?

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USA Today

But when a new serial killer's MO seems uncomfortably similar to Dexter's, he worries that the killer is taunting him or that maybe he's committing the killings and doesn't know it.

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Pajiba

While Hall plays Dexter as a bit of a pathological android, the Dexter of the novel is unlikable and savage.

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Bestsellersworld

I'll bet you didn't think you would ever fall in love with a serial killer and that is true of me - until I met Dexter.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Dexter is a wholly original twist on the serial killer novel, and if you can stand the blood and gore, it’s worth reading for the narrator’s voice and trick ending alone.

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Nashville Public Library

(Yes, I heard what happens, but I’m still going to be surpised when the dark deed occurs.) While I’m waiting for the latest season to emerge on DVD, I thought I’d give the novels a chance.

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Shades of Sentience

Most people only know of Dexter Morgan, blood splatter analyst by day, serial killer by night through the hit TV show Dexter.

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