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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 2015
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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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    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!

    2 of 2 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.

    1 of 1 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 2013
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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 2014

    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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    Sid Scotchman 07-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great"

    Love the character. Story is on par with good ol dex. Can't wait to get my digital hands on other books. Meant to get first one, but I already read physical first novel. But my girl friend didn't, so I'm happy this one didn't give any spoilers for first book as much. Jeff Lindsay did a good job reading his own story. I would of gave 6/5 if audible got Michael C Hall to read the novel(s)

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    Daniel Sacramento, California 06-10-15
    Daniel Sacramento, California 06-10-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Darkly Dreamed Fun"

    The story is fun, and the fate of Albert is much better than James on the show. Also the kids are better portrayed in the novels.

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    Rather Be Writing 04-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wry wit makes for LOL reading"

    I don't often laugh out loud while listening to or reading a book, but this cracked me up. The performance was great. I thought the ending was a little weak but I'm still glad I have this and will listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wil Alvarado San Francisco 02-24-15
    Wil Alvarado San Francisco 02-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "The dark moon catered to my dark passenger"

    Darkly dreaming Dexter was fresh and exciting even after being a long time fan of the show. The way Jeff Lindsay spoke in the Dark Passengers voice was chilling. How ever in dearly devoted it came off flat. The story was a bit boring at times and it felt Dexter doubted him self and is inability to be a monster. Still it was graphic and at times beautiful. I will be listening in on the others soon enough.

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    Amazon Customer 02-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Even better the second time around"

    One of my favorite in the Dexter series! Sgt. Doaks, Kyle, Dr. Danko, Vince, Debra, Rita, Aster and Cody. The characters are so fun. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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