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Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1 | [Jeff Lindsay]

Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

The Basis for the 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.

©2005 Jeff Lindsay (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A macabre tour-de-force." (The New York Times Book Review)

“A dark comedy with a creative twist.” (The Miami Herald)

“Dark and devious..Daring and unexpectedly comedic.” (USA Today)

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    Reid 08-24-15
    Reid 08-24-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Very disturbing"

    Not my kind of protagonist. I really struggled with Dexter and decided it's just not four mgr. His thought patterns are too bizarre for my taste.

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    Jessica 08-24-15
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    "the show definatly used the writing to the t, <3"

    The writing is almost the writing to the show to a tee. I love it!

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    Lesia Winona, MS, United States 08-08-15
    Lesia Winona, MS, United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Hilariously chilling!"

    To paraphrase a truth, if a writer guess himself as a narrator, the author is a fool. Jeff Lindsay is no fool. The book was good with delightful sentences ("For a few seconds it didn't really seem necessary to breathe."), with dynamic narration! I bought the next two books before I finished this one, it was such a delight to read!

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    Michelle R Zeiser Kirkland, WA 07-23-15
    Michelle R Zeiser Kirkland, WA 07-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't buy if you have watched Dexter seasons"

    Great story the 1st go round but save your $$ if you watched Dexter on Netflix.

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    Bryan 07-17-15
    Bryan 07-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Better than the T.V. show"

    I watched the entire Dexter series before listening to the book. I found the book much more humorous and dark than the show. I look forward to hearing what Dexter has up his sleeve for the next book!

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    aecards 07-15-15
    aecards 07-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the book, the author"

    i like that Jeff sounded like the TV Dexter and unlike the TV I get to know more about Dexter and how he thinks. The book is always better of course. I am looking forward to getting the other series books.

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    christine 07-15-15
    christine 07-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book all around"

    He was awesome at doing other voices! And the story is really good! Can't wait to listen to the next one

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    John A Breeden 07-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "more please"

    completely enthralling to me. great choice of perspective. collated and surprising. Nasrallah was also right on target.

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    jelledge 07-12-15
    jelledge 07-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great overall"

    Great book and reading. I was hesitant when the author was the performer, but it turned out well.

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    Anne Lund Pedersen 07-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Dexter as you know him"
    If you could sum up Darkly Dreaming Dexter in three words, what would they be?

    Stringent Dark Crimefiction


    Any additional comments?

    I do like Dexter. It is a different spin on something there has been a million spins on and that alone is an achievement.
    But the book just doesn't leave me feeling fulfilled. Something about the psychopathy not adding up with my understanding of it and the solution of the crime mystery not quite giving me enough thrill. I do generally like longer books so maybe that has something to say.
    I am always a fan of the idea of the author reading his own book and this is one of the times it works well. Jeff Lindsay is a good reader, pleasant voice and nice differences in tone depending on character and situation.
    All in all it's a good listen in my opinion but not a great one.

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