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Dearly Devoted Dexter: Dexter, Book 2 | [Jeff Lindsay]

Dearly Devoted Dexter: Dexter, Book 2

Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita....
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Publisher's Summary

He’s a charming monster....
A macabre hero....
A serial killer who only kills bad people....

Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world’s first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?

In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami - a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter’s dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective) is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster - but it isn’t until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first....

With the incredible wit and freshness that drew widespread acclaim to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay now takes Dexter Morgan to a new level of macabre appeal and gives us one of the most original, colorful narrators in years.

©2005 Jeff Lindsay (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Dearly Devoted Dexter is fascinating, entertaining, and brilliant. Let Jeff Lindsay introduce you to the serial killer next door - Dexter (and his Dark Passenger) are the freshest, most terrifying creations you are ever likely to meet... and live to tell about.” (New York Times best selling author Robert Crais)

“A macabre tour de force... so snappy and smart.” (The New York Times)

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-15-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good because it’s wacko different."

    But this one suffers from lack of logic.

    BACKGROUND:
    Dexter is a psycopath. He likes to kill people and feels no guilt. His sister is a cop. Dexter is a great help to his sister investigating killers, because Dexter thinks like them. Dexter’s foster father imprinted upon him a golden rule - never kill the good guys, only bad guys. In that way Dexter is a good guy. (But he does kill and mutilate people in these stories.) There is a TV series which I have not seen.

    OPINION:
    This is book #2. There is a happy ending for the good guys.

    I like the weirdness of Dexter - what goes through his mind. He admires the methods and styles of other killers. But this book was not as good as book #1 because of plot logic. The cops know the name of the killer but can’t find him. The problem is: when there is a lead, and one cop goes to where the killer is, no other cops are helping as back up. So bad things happen. In one case, a cop sets himself up as bait, but then he goes outside alone without backup and of course he gets taken. It was stupid.

    Kyle has a list of names the bad guy is after, but he doesn’t give the names to any other cop. When something bad happens to Kyle, the others have nowhere to look. And no one notifies the guys on the list that they are in danger. This lack of logic bothered me.

    Dexter was hunting his own private victim, Ryker, a pedophile. When Dexter finally gets him, we don’t see it. I wanted to see the conversation of Dexter catching him, talking to him about his sick deeds hurting children, and then paying for it by suffering and screaming as Dexter sliced him. But no, it was an afterthought in the Epilogue saying Dexter took care of it.

    I do have to say the author was good with details about how the killer caught his victims and some of his conversation as he sliced. Actually that was too gory for me. I’ve still got some “ick” feelings about that.

    NARRATOR:
    Sadly I did not like the author narrating this. He was ok as Dexter, but he’s not good with female voices. It wasn’t as bad as book #1, but only because there was less female dialogue in book #2.

    Genre: crime mystery suspense

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 03-04-13
    Kim GREENVILLE, SC, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Lots of Lizard Brain Fun"

    Jeff Lindsay does a great job of narrating his own book. I will continue to read this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 02-23-13
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "More dexter"

    This book continues the dexter obsession
    I feel awkward laughing about how focused dexter is and his dark passenger
    Lindsay is perfect for the narration

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kring God's country 06-23-14
    Joshua Kring God's country 06-23-14 Member Since 2013

    I love epic fiction and really well writen stories and competent narrators. I listen to 2 or 3 audio books a month, sometimes more.

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    "This wasn't bad at all."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that it deviates from the show. It feels new.


    What about Jeff Lindsay’s performance did you like?

    There's a lot of people that don't like Lindsay's narration, but I'm not one of them. He's no Michael C. Hall, but who is? Right?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 04-06-14
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 04-06-14 Member Since 2013

    book spirit

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    "Dexter Part Deux"
    What did you love best about Dearly Devoted Dexter?

    I miss the series on SHO so much that this is the only way to get my Dexter fix. It works.


    What other book might you compare Dearly Devoted Dexter to and why?

    I can't imagine comparing it to anything else. Maybe Hannibal.


    What about Jeff Lindsay’s performance did you like?

    He wasn't bad, but at times he seemed to go flat with no emotion at all.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book held my interest and that is more important to me than an extreme reaction. I think I had those watching the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy comparing the books' stories against the series. The differences make the books more interesting to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wes Bloomington, IL, United States 08-30-13
    Wes Bloomington, IL, United States 08-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A really good and twisted listen!"
    Where does Dearly Devoted Dexter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its pretty high up there so far. Maybe my #5.


    What other book might you compare Dearly Devoted Dexter to and why?

    Book 1 of the series because it's a Dexter book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Jeff Lindsay narrating his own books has really been the biggest weakness of listening to these books. His Dexter is ok, but doesnt have a lot of consistancy to it. Some times Dexter sounds like a girl. To be honest none of the voices have much consistancy to them. Deb and the kid voices are by far the worst.
    Do me and about 90% of the other audiobook listeners a favor and pleas, please, PLEASE let someone else with more charisma and emotion (like an actual voice actor) read these book! Im sure you guys could easily start a "kick starter" to get the money to have Michael C Hall or someone close to read atleast the Dexter parts. I would gladly donate!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I would love to say yes to both of those, but honestly the dullness of Lindsays narration made it very difficult to get too sucked into the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Bad narration aside, this is a very good listen for Dexter fans. And if you are a fan of Season 2 of the show then you will like the diffrences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Moore Monmouth, OR USA 03-21-13
    Robert Moore Monmouth, OR USA 03-21-13 Member Since 2012

    Bromly Falco

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    "Like a Bizaree Alternate Universe for Show Fans!"
    Where does Dearly Devoted Dexter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. No where near the top, but certainly not one of the worst.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dexter is certainly my favorite character. He is, in a lot of ways, creepier in the books than in the show.


    What does Jeff Lindsay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wasn't a big fan of the narration at first. But, it is growing on me. It's delivered in a very quiet, emotionless, and steady pace. At first I felt a disconnect there, compared to hearing Hall as Dexter from the show. But, I think it's an interesting alternate Dexter that is more appropriate to the character in many ways.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Different Dexter of Darker Dimensions


    Any additional comments?

    The alliteration continues to appear frequently throughout the book and continues to be amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather DOVER, PA, United States 03-12-13
    Heather DOVER, PA, United States 03-12-13
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    "Dearly Devoted Dexter"

    I thought this was a great book! It was not the same as season 2 of Dexter, if you've seen it on TV. I got wrapped up in it quickly and found it hard to stop listening. I'm undecided on Jeff Lindsay's performance, though. I found his need to have a different voice for each character somewhat distracting. I also think that part of my indecision stems from the fact that I was a fan of the show first, and so it's hard to not want to hear Michael C Hall voicing Dexter (but I realize this is a personal hangup).

    Anyway- I am really enjoying the Dexter book series as much as the show, and from here I couldn't wait to get book 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc New York, NY, United States 12-25-12
    Marc New York, NY, United States 12-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dexter's character & personality take shape..."
    If you could sum up Dearly Devoted Dexter in three words, what would they be?

    Intricate
    Suspenseful
    Budding


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dearly Devoted Dexter?

    Dexters description of the first 'body' found on the table and his curiosity of why.


    What does Jeff Lindsay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion... You feel like you're inside his head while he was writing the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. But who has 8 hrs to just sit and listen?


    Any additional comments?

    Jeff Lindsay's narration is excellent and really brings the book to life. I originally had the narration by Nick Landrum which was just awful. There are still two books in the series narrated by Nick Landrum and not Jeff Lindsay and they are barely enjoyable b/c of the narrator, despite the good writing and great story. I hope Nick does not narrate another Dexter book, or for that matter, any book I'm interested in listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Len Cambridge, MA, USA 11-17-12
    Len Cambridge, MA, USA 11-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Unfilmable horrors!"

    Unlike the other reviewers, I like the author's narration -- its "fakeness" is exactly what makes it work for me, because Dexter himself is nothing if not a fake in life.

    The plotting of volume 2 is better than that of 1. But listeners should be warned that the major culprit of this installment (what the TV show creators call the "Big Bad") is so horribly vile, his crimes so absolutely repulsive, that he gives the evil doctor in the Human Centipede a run for his money. I almost retched when I heard the crimes described.

    I can't imagine this kind of horror being filmed, and I am grateful to the TV show creators for not attempting it. Beyond the understandable squeamishness, there's another reason for deviating from Lindsay's storyline, which is that the TV Dexter is actually fully human, so the evils done by the perps don't have to be exaggerated to justify Dexter's actions. Lindsay's Dexter insists so much on not feeling emotions or belonging to the human race that he has to make the Big Bad that much worse. This makes for a much less interesting character than the one portrayed on the TV show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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